Small-Batch Salt & Straw Announces Plans to Open Scoop Shop in Pasadena

Published : Tuesday, August 20, 2019 | 4:24 AM

This fall, small-batch, family-run Salt & Straw plans to open in Pasadena the ice cream company’s first scoop shop in the San Gabriel Valley.

Known for its curiously delicious flavors – including custom menu favorites exclusive to LA like Black Olive Brittle & Goat Cheese and Salted, Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, along with classics such as Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons – Salt & Straw has garnered a dedicated following for its inspired scoops.

To be located in the heart of Old Pasadena on Colorado Blvd. just west of Fair Oaks Ave., the Pasadena shop will join Salt & Straw’s existing SoCal locations in Arts District, Larchmont Village, Studio City, Venice and West Hollywood.

“Since the beginning, Salt & Straw has found so much inspiration from our local communities, so we’re thrilled to be coming to Pasadena to create a gathering place where we can bring people together and spread joy over ice cream,” said CEO and co-founder Kim Malek. “Pasadena has a rich history, charm and warmth that is evident to both visitors and residents alike, and we hope to capture that same feeling with our scoop shop.”

Founded in 2011 by Kim and her cousin, Salt & Straw’s head ice cream maker Tyler Malek, in Portland, Ore., Salt & Straw has quickly become a West Coast favorite for Tyler’s inspired flavors made with intention.

Each month Tyler introduces a menu series that tells a story about a season, occasion, community or local artisan. Rounded out by the classic line-up of scoops, shakes, sundaes and floats, all flavors are available on freshly made waffle cones or via pints that can be picked up in shop or ordered online or through Postmates.

The design of the Pasadena shop represents the iconic Salt & Straw shop design, with use of curved oak edges, parquet wood inlay, custom terrazzo flooring and bespoke abstract waffle cone walls- creating a mood that is both nostalgic and modern at once. Custom-made tables and a window bar invite guests to enjoy their ice cream while taking in the vibrancy of Pasadena’s Colorado Blvd. The 1,479 square-foot space showcases design direction from Portland-based Osmose Design, in tandem with Kim and Tyler.

A Salt & Straw annoucement said its community focus is echoed in the company’s dedication to supporting local schools, and raising awareness for issues such as childhood hunger and equal rights. Salt & Straw expands this ongoing commitment to its new neighborhood Pasadena and is poised to be a welcoming gathering place for locals and visitors year-round.

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