Ice cream lovers rejoice. A new Ben & Jerry’s is coming soon to Union Station in Downtown LA adding to a mix of new businesses that have been opening inside the rail hub. Construction began on the ice cream shop in May 2012 inside the passenger concourse and will be wrapping up very soon. According to B & J’s Facebook page, it should be opening up “early summer.”
I’m excited about the opening of Ben & Jerry’s at Union Station not only because I love ice cream (and I know a lot of other people do as well), but also because it adds another eatery to a growing list of businesses that have only recently opened up inside Union Station. Prior to 2010, Union Station was sadly under served. Traxx restaurant and bar lounge were just about the only businesses inside the station. But within the last year and a half, they are joined by Famima, Starbucks, See’s Candies, Wetzel’s Pretzels, Subway, and now Ben & Jerry’s. I hope the list continues to grow. Would an Apple store like the one in Grand Central Terminal in New York be too much to ask for? :)
And with the announcement this week that Metro has chosen LA’s Gruen and London’s Grimshaw to both come up with the Union Station master plan, it is my hope that one day Union Station will not only be a transfer point, but become a destination itself.
Here’s a look at the other businesses inside Union Station.