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The Cronut Is Officially Coming to Los Angeles Thanks to Dominique Ansel

The chef announces a new restaurant with a big baking component

A long shot of a narrow bakery with white tones and pastries to the left.
Dominique Ansel Bakery
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

As if Los Angeles didn’t already have enough food worth waiting in line for, here comes the Cronut. Or, more specifically, here comes Dominique Ansel, the creator of said pastry mash-up, with his very first all day sit-down restaurant.

The LA Times first spread word of the upcoming eatery this morning, noting that the Ansel and his team have so far declined to give a specific address. Notwithstanding the exact location, this will be the Cronut creator’s largest project ever, and should feature daytime and dinner hours, cocktails, brunch, and a bakery component with all of the sweet creations that have become synonymous with his name.

Ansel tells the Times that he’s excited to get back to the savory side of things, after spending years (and earning a James Beard Foundation Award) as a pastry chef. He says he loves the notion of a sit-down restaurant because “you can see what happens to your food,” instead of having customers braving hours-long lines just to grab their baked goods and eat them offsite somewhere.

More on this opening as it comes, but certainly don’t expect anything to reveal itself tomorrow. This one will take some time, but when Ansel’s unnamed restaurant creation comes to life, it’s going to be a very, very big deal. Meanwhile, anyone interested in waiting in long lines for out-of-the-box pastry creations is more than welcome to head to Highland Park Cruffin fabricators Mr. Holmes Bakehouse.