New gelato cafe, Gelateria Uli, opened this Monday inside the Broadway-Spring Arcade, one of Downtown LA’s most unique and beautiful historic buildings. The new dessert shop, owned by downtown resident Uli Nasibova, joins both Crepes Sans Frontieres (opened in 2013) and Famima (opened in 2012) as the arcade’s new businesses that are helping to transform this historic pedestrian corridor into an exciting and thriving center once again.
Gelateria Uli serves up a rich variety of gelato flavors says Eater LA including pistachio, salted caramel, poblano, coconut lemongrass, and raspberry sorbet. All of the gelato flavors are seasonal and made in-house daily. There’s also espresso and drip coffee that you can not only drink but pour over your gelato as well.
More exciting eateries are coming to the Broadway-Spring Arcade including Guisados (opening this summer directly next door to Gelateria Uli), BierBeisl Imbiss (a casual version of the shuttered Beverly Hills bistro), and the long-delayed Royal Clayton’s. Within the next 5 years, don’t be surprised if Broadway-Spring Arcade keeps coming up again and again as one of the hottest culinary destinations in Downtown LA.
The Broadway-Spring Arcade is a beautiful 12-story Beaux Arts/Spanish Renaissance structure completed in 1924 originally as an office building with its skylit arcade as its architectural centerpiece. Now converted into apartment lofts for rent upstairs, the historic building was the winning design to replace a narrow alleyway called Mercantile Place that dates back to 1884. Because the alley was lined with retail shops and had become an LA landmark according to the LA Conservancy, the Broadway-Spring Arcade kept that pedestrian corridor in the design and was once, in its heyday, lined with 61 shops.
For more info about Gelateria Uli, please visit them online.