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SF’s Smitten Ice Cream Churns Into a New Kiosk at Westfield Century City

Plus Kansas City-style barbecue, and some seriously mad Instagrammers

The new Smitten Ice Cream
Courtesy Smitten

Ice cream weather, always

It’s still ice cream weather in Los Angeles, which means the city’s influx of new scoop shops is continuing unabated. Next up is Smitten Ice Cream, the San Francisco export with a current location (that just turned two years young) down in El Segundo, expanding into the Westfield Century City mall.

It’s no surprise that the recently remodeled shopping center would add some ice cream given the slew of new restaurant projects on target for the place. Smitten is also keen to expand its Los Angeles footprint as it still seeks to get to work on its Silver Lake location in time for a summer 2018 opening.

Hawthorne on the rise

Curbed is looking into Hawthorne quite a bit these days, thanks to SpaceX and the incoming Los Angeles Rams stadium. All the nearby work means the area’s real estate prices are on the rise too, particularly in its industrial stretches. That neighborhood is currently home to places like LA Ale Works, with more beer and food expected in 2018.

Coco Fresh for more

Coco Fresh tea and juice shop has expanded yet again, this time to 3470 W. 6th St. in Koreatown. The space soft opened last Friday.

The Juice is no more

In a letter to customers, Juice Served Here CEO Alex Matthews acknowledged that the company has shut down, effective immediately. While the letter doesn’t give all the reasons for the surprise shutter, it’s still a pretty interesting read overall.

KC style

A new Kansas City-style barbecue situation is coming to Santa Ana soon, as Ember BBQ opens at Native Son Alehouse (305 E. 4th St.) on January 4. Expect the usual slew of pork-heavy menu items, including burnt ends.

The right dinner

Baran’s 2239 in Hermosa Beach is set to donate a cool 15% of all dinner proceeds the nights of December 19 and 20 to the American Red Cross in support of those affected by the Thomas Fire (now having burned almost 250,000 acres across Ventura and Santa Barbara). All anyone who wants to help has to do is go eat.

Really rocky start

The opening of new Instagram-friendly sweets show Candytopia was delayed over the weekend, and plenty of folks appear to be pretty furious. The company’s Instagram is getting bombarded with negative posts after announcing they would not be able to show off the space starting last Friday. If all goes well, the Candytopia party should be back on today.

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