Far East Plaza in Chinatown is really becoming the new casual culinary hot spot to watch in Downtown LA. One of LA’s most popular ice cream shops, Scoops — what the LA Times Daily Dish calls a “cult favorite” — soft opened yesterday on Friday in the Far East Plaza shopping center in Chinatown. The new “Scoops Chinatown” is just a couple doors down from Roy Choi’s immensely popular Chego eatery, which opened last year and successfully injected a completely new fresh breath of life into the aging shopping center. Chris Gere, owner of the new ice cream shop (he’s a franchisee), was attracted to up-and-coming Chinatown and found the space next to Chego a fantastic opportunity. The beginning of some beautiful synergy has begun.
Founded by Tai Kim, the original Scoops opened nine years ago at Heliotrope and Melrose near LACC. Over the years, the ice cream shop became known for its hundreds of flavors (over 700 hundred and counting).
“The way Tai talks about flavors is as though he’s mixing paints,” Gere said in the Daily Dish article. “Some are slightly different from one another and some are wildly different from anything else out there.”
Flavors rotate frequently at each of the Scoops (there are now 4: East Hollywood, Westside, Highland Park, and now Chinatown) and yesterday’s choices in the Chinatown shop included such delightful flavors as: Coconut Taro, Salty Dulce de Leche, Guinness Chocolate, Maple Oreo, Almond Chocolate (non-dairy, soy-based), Peanut Captain Crunch (non-dairy, soy-based), and Gere’s favorite, Caramel Brown Bread.
Scoops Chinatown is located at the Far East Plaza near Broadway and Ord St. (just a stone’s throw from the brand new super pet-friendly Jia Apartments). Hours are currently Tue thru Sat from 2 to 10 pm, Sun from 1 to 6 pm, and closed on Mondays. Easy validated parking is located in Far East Plaza’s underground parking garage with the entrance off of Hill Street.