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Nancy Silverton's Gelato Dreams Come True With New Arts District Space

Nancy's Fancy snags the former Mast Brothers space for production and retail shop

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Nancy’s Fancy Gelato
Courtesy Nancy’s Fancy
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.

Nancy Silverton is on the move again, this time taking over the Arts District’s former Mast Brothers space for a gelato and sorbetto operation of her own. Silverton has had a commercial label called Nancy’s Fancy for some time now (found in places like Whole Foods), but just recently decided to jump into a glossy (and still relatively new) Downtown production facility, leaving their original location in the San Fernando Valley behind.

And truly, what a location it is. The bright white warehouse was a sort of minimalist ode to (supposedly) bean to bar chocolates, but the Mast Brothers team skedaddled back to Brooklyn less than a year in, after they failed to get traction locally while also running into some controversy over their early production years. Now the space sits empty, but is still filled with tons of gleaming new design touches.

Per a release, Silverton says the “new, much larger facility” is a boon for her business, and should allow the Nancy’s Fancy brand to scale to all new heights — sort of like her previous startup baby, La Brea Bakery. And Silverton even hints that room could be carved out for a dedicated gelato and sorbetto shop on site, which would be welcome news for Arts District snackers withering in the upcoming summer heat.

The former Mast Brothers in the Arts District

In the meantime Silverton remains as busy as ever, especially following the debut of her Netflix Chef’s Table episode a few months back. She’s still a regular presence at the greater Mozza complex along Melrose, and more recently has been spotted hustling around town to all the hot new dining spots (Kismet, Cosa Buona, and Rossoblu among them) with famed Italian butcher and friend Dario Cecchini. No word on when a Nancy’s Fancy standalone scoop shop may open in the Arts District, but hopefully it’s soon.

Nancy’s Fancy Arts District
816 S. Santa Fe
Los Angeles, CA