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Popular Bakery Milk Jar Cookies Closes Both LA Locations This Month

Plus, a Lee Ga review, Ruben’s Bakery & Mexican Food fundraiser, and more

A colorful stack of half-eaten cookies on an ornate plate.
Cookies stacked at Milk Jar Cookies.
Milk Jar Cookies
Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

On January 15, Milk Jar Cookies will permanently close its Encino and Mid-Wilshire locations. An Instagram post cited challenges that ring similar to other restaurant closings throughout 2023: the long effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the six-month writers/actors strike, and rising operating costs.

Owner Courtney Cowan had a career in television as a post-producer for shows like Six Feet Under and The Good Wife before quitting and launching Milk Jar Cookies in 2013. Milk Jar Cookies found quick success as a local bakery with two locations, and also shipped its goods nationwide. This is the second popular LA bakery to cease operations this week, with Sweet Lady Jane closing all six locations on December 31. Milk Jar’s full Instagram post is here.

Lee Ga review

Time Out LA editor Patricia Kelly Yeo took a review lens to Koreatown favorite Lee Ga. She noted the nearly 18-month-old restaurant “distinguishes itself with outstanding palm-sized dumplings, cold buckwheat noodles, and a bounty of family-style dishes.”

“Get Crazy” and eat while watching Nicki Minaj

Music festival season is upon us with Rolling Loud California at Hollywood Park from March 15 to 17, 2024. Nicki Minaj and Post Malone are headliners. Though the food lineup hasn’t been announced yet, previous festivals included SoCal operators like Nobu and Coolhaus along with a Rolling Loud Cereal Bar. Ticket information is here.

West Hollywood IHOP closes

WeHo Times reports the West Hollywood International House of Pancakes closed permanently on January 1, 2024. This IHOP was stationed directly across the street from Barney’s Beanery and opened in the late 1960s.

GoFundMe for Ruben’s Bakery & Mexican Food

After an illegal street takeover on January 2, more than 100 people ransacked Compton’s Ruben’s Bakery & Mexican Food causing tens of thousands of dollars in damages, reports CBS. The Ramirez family set up a GoFundMe to help with recovery costs.

Milk Jar Cookies

5466 Wilshire Boulevard, , CA 90036 (323) 634-9800 Visit Website