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Brooklyn’s Ample Hills Creamery Becomes the Latest NYC Expat to Make For LA

The city’s ice cream wars continue to heat up

Ample Hills Creamery on the Waterfront
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.

There is no such thing as too much ice cream in Los Angeles (or maybe there is), which seems to be why companies like Ample Hills Creamery continue to flood the West Coast market. The Brooklyn-based ice cream makers discussed big expansion plans with Bloomberg recently, and along the way dropped hints as to a big jump to LA’s own ice cream-laden Los Feliz neighborhood.

First, some backstory. Ample Hills is a beloved New York City ice cream brand, with locations big and small across multiple boroughs. There’s even an Ample Hills offshoot open at Walt Disney World in Florida, and the company has its own memoir-slash-cookbook out on shelves. Ample Hills is primarily known for big, rich flavor options like Salted Crack Caramel and the bourbon-laced Daddy’s Sundae.

Per the Bloomberg piece, Ample Hills will jump to Los Angeles sometime in 2018 with an undisclosed Los Feliz ice cream shop and retail space. It’s listed as 2,200 square feet, making it something of a West Coast flagship for the company — even as it aims to go global with a new production facility aimed at making a million grocery store pints a year.

Eater reached out to Ample Hills Creamery for the exact address and any plans to further expand into Los Angeles, but so far hasn’t heard back. Wherever it ends up, expect some stiff competition as just about everyone is doing ice cream between Los Feliz and Silver Lake. There’s Smitten Ice Cream and the upcoming Butter’s to the south, plus Magpies Softserve, McConnell’s, and lots of other options in between. That’s to say nothing of Mar Vista, Venice, Culver City, and the Valley, where things are about as saturated as they can get. Even Top Chef winner Brooke Williamson is getting into the game soon.