downtown los angeles, historic core

Fresh Panini (aka Panini Stop) Opens Next to Juice Crafters in Historic Core Downtown LA

Panini Stop is now open next to Juice Crafters at 7th and Spring in the Historic Core

Fresh Panini (aka Panini Stop) is now open next to Juice Crafters at 7th and Spring in the Historic Core

Earlier this year, Juice Crafters opened up at the SE corner of 7th and Spring in the historic Financial Center Building offering fresh cold-pressed fruit and veggie juices as well as smoothies. Now another eatery opens directly next door to the juice bar called Fresh Panini (with a large Panini Stop sign above the store front) bringing to the Historic Core vegetarian and vegan paninis.

Fresh Panini soft opened last week on August 18 and is offering a two dollar special discount for any panini on the menu during the soft opening period (the regular price will be $6.95 for any panini). There are currently 5 panini items on the menu split between vegetarian and vegan options. A sign posted in the shop reminds customers that wait times range from 7 to 10 minutes to cook up a panini.

A mini empire is beginning to form at 7th and Spring for Ilan Mit who is the owner of not only Fresh Panini but Juice Crafters next door and Evoke Yoga, which is an upscale yoga studio opening in Sept next month a half block down 7th Street. His three new shops, together, are playing a major role in activating the sidewalk helping to bridge Spring Street with pedestrian activity.

Fresh Panini will be open every day from 9 am to 3 pm during the soft opening period

Fresh Panini will be open every day from 9 am to 3 pm during the soft opening period

A look inside the new Panini Stop at 7th and Spring

A look inside the new Fresh Panini at 7th and Spring

A two dollar discount during the soft opening

A two dollar discount during the soft opening

The current menu consists of 5 items split between vegetarian and vegan

The current menu consists of 5 items split between vegetarian and vegan

Fresh Panini and Juice Crafters, both owned by Ilan Mit, are playing a major role helping to activate this block on Spring Street

Fresh Panini and Juice Crafters, both owned by Ilan Mit, are playing a major role helping to activate this block on Spring Street

6 Comments

  1. corner soul says

    Cool… the more vegan options downtown the better!

  2. Looks so nice on the inside, but what’s up with that terrible sign above the windows? I wonder if the building mandates that the shops match their signs to a certain (outdated) spec so they look uniform. The fact that the Panini and Juice Bar signs look so similar makes me think that might be the case.

    • MVMulberry says

      Terrible sign?? What makes it terrible? Did you expect a neon Vegas sign for a panini shop? Looks to me that it keeps with the building and European aesthetic.
      Glad to see another vegetarian shop in the area, will stop by soon.

      • That’s an easy one:

        – outdated font
        – outdated colors
        – too similar to the other signs of the adjacent shops to stand out on its own.
        – inconsistent with the nice logo they have on the window

        I am 100% sure the shopkeepers would have done something different with the upper sign if the building management had allowed it. No one said anything about Vegas neon, just something that is attractive, clean, modern, and identifies their brand as something the community might be interested in.

        I get what you’re saying with the “European aesthetic”, but that Europe stopped existing decades ago. Visit Paris or London sometime.

  3. Michael Gold says

    Looks like they quickly changed from the original name “Toast Stop”

  4. VeganYay says

    They are both owned by the same person, as the article & photo caption clearly state..

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