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Pinkberry dying?

duckduckgoose Dec 21, 2006 10:04 PM

I've been to the one on Sawtelle a few times and at different times and I've always been the only customer. Is it already over or is it just that location that isn't popular?


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    will47 RE: duckduckgoose Dec 21, 2006 10:29 PM

    Maybe because it's so cold out?

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      Danimal n Hustler RE: will47 Dec 24, 2006 07:53 AM

      I don't think they're dying out but rather since so many opened up, people have choices as to which one they go to instead of the one in Hollywood.

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        monku RE: Danimal n Hustler Dec 24, 2006 01:07 PM

        The Wal Mart syndrome...their expansion is cannibilizing their other locations.

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      igj RE: duckduckgoose Dec 21, 2006 10:43 PM

      I'd guess, like will47, that the weather is a big factor there. Better to cross the street and have a - not frozen - Beard Papa cream puff right now.

      BTW - I have seen that location busy, but never with the line out the door craziness I have seen at other locations (and I live 2 blocks away, so I pass that place something like 20 times per week).

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        Gohantabeyoka RE: igj Dec 23, 2006 03:47 AM

        Oh. OH! It just hit me.
        Why not squish a Beard Papa into a cup of Pinkberry yogurt with berries???

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          Das Ubergeek RE: Gohantabeyoka Dec 26, 2006 03:01 PM


          Why would you spoil a perfectly edible cream puff like that?? :-P

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            bulavinaka RE: Das Ubergeek Jan 20, 2007 04:26 PM

            This whole Pinkberry thing seems like something from a Bud Lite Real Men of Genius commercial... Sweet Mercy please just someone light a match...

      2. Muhlyssa RE: duckduckgoose Dec 21, 2006 11:12 PM

        It's so in, it's out.

        1. Xericx RE: duckduckgoose Dec 21, 2006 11:13 PM

          its tucked in and so hard to find, I doubt if a lot of people even know about it.

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            Mike13241 RE: duckduckgoose Dec 22, 2006 12:34 AM

            I'm part of the minority in that I didn't really see the big deal with Pinkberry. It tasted fine enough, but I think all the hype might of killed it for me. From all exhaustive glowing reviews I read I imagined eating it and being transported to nirvana. Instead I was left standing there with a spoon...there was no nirvana.

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              unwashed_sidamo RE: duckduckgoose Dec 22, 2006 02:33 AM

              Fiore in Japantown is really great. They use stevia instead of sugar. Fruit toppings are very fresh.

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                yum RE: unwashed_sidamo Dec 22, 2006 05:01 AM

                so they add sugar in pinkberry? thought it was all natural

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                  Chowpatty RE: yum Dec 22, 2006 05:06 AM

                  Sugar is natural. If they used an artificial sweetener, then it would be more "unnatural."

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                    wilafur RE: Chowpatty Dec 22, 2006 06:48 PM


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                      yum RE: wilafur Dec 23, 2006 06:06 AM

                      i meant to say natural as in sugarfree and the sugar is from the yogurt itself but..i was obviously wrong =T thanks for lol

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                        wilafur RE: yum Dec 24, 2006 04:16 AM


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                          westsidegal RE: yum Jan 20, 2007 06:07 AM

                          there's plenty of sugar in pinkberry

                2. SilverlakeGirl RE: duckduckgoose Dec 22, 2006 02:57 AM

                  I see that a new branch is opening up in Silverlake at the spot that used to be the China Bistro.

                  China Bistro was only OK but packed ... until the nail salon opened up and there were literally no parking spaces open during the salon's open hours. The died because no one could get to it.

                  I wonder how Pinkberry will fare.

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                    Dommy RE: SilverlakeGirl Dec 27, 2006 10:47 PM

                    Pinkberry seems to seek OUT locations with insanely limited parking... so this just might end up being their most popular location! :P


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                    tmp00 RE: duckduckgoose Dec 22, 2006 04:53 AM

                    I think that the trend's just about passed. Having written that, Fiore in LT is wonderful.

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                      monku RE: tmp00 Dec 22, 2006 04:56 AM

                      FYI: Fiore is owned by the Korean Todai Restaurant group.

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                      5thandSpring RE: duckduckgoose Dec 22, 2006 06:05 AM

                      fiore's changed their menu a little bit, adding a berry flavored frozen yogurt and changing their original flavor to original sour. it'll be interesting when pinkberry's opens down the street from fiore's in the lobby of the hikari apartments in litte tokyo.

                      1. ronnie_gaucho RE: duckduckgoose Dec 22, 2006 04:48 PM

                        ^^^Pinkberry pulled out of little tokyo

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                          oro3030 RE: duckduckgoose Dec 23, 2006 09:09 PM

                          I was at the Koreatown location a week ago (on a cold night) and it was hopping.

                          1. Amanda Enclade RE: duckduckgoose Dec 24, 2006 02:38 AM

                            I went for the first time last week on sawtelle...I've been 3 times since. I'm wholly addicted...no line no wait- thats why it took me so long...now I can't wait to go again.

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                              olivexjina RE: duckduckgoose Dec 25, 2006 08:30 AM

                              pinkberry really needs to die...in time it will

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                                Bria Silbert RE: duckduckgoose Dec 25, 2006 03:32 PM

                                The Sawtelle/Olympic location of Pinkberry is open all day today (XMAS).

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                                  cyc131 RE: duckduckgoose Dec 25, 2006 06:15 PM

                                  I drove past the koreatown location on 6th and it looked closed, there was paper covering the doors and windows... anyone know what happened?

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                                    Das Ubergeek RE: cyc131 Dec 26, 2006 03:02 PM

                                    If it's anything like the Studio City branch, it's just their sunshades. Shame... nothing drive aways business like a store that looks closed when it's not.

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                                    rameniac RE: duckduckgoose Dec 26, 2006 07:43 PM

                                    lol... has the inevitable backlash already hit, well before they've opened their full slate of 30 socal stores? or maybe it's just cold. i don't care; as long as there's a few of them around i'll still be going there...

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                                      jwn RE: duckduckgoose Dec 26, 2006 08:27 PM

                                      the koreatown location is still open, i went a few days ago. i did see the paper covering the doors/windows but i think that was next door..

                                      1. bassbiz RE: duckduckgoose Dec 26, 2006 10:36 PM

                                        No worries, I went to the Sawtelle location twice this week, once every Sunday so far. I like to get there right when they open, no waits, no lines, plenty of parking and am always welcomed very warmly. I hope this location sticks around, I love that my fix is cured so close to home.

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                                          cupcake RE: duckduckgoose Dec 28, 2006 12:08 AM

                                          Was just at Pinkberry on Sawtelle. In my opinion, the friendliest, most user-friendly location they have.

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                                            chowmominLA RE: duckduckgoose Jan 20, 2007 03:22 AM

                                            I went to the WeHo location at 7:15 pm... I never thought I'd see the day where there was a parking spot right in front of the store and I was the only customer inside. On a Friday night, no less.

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                                              LMS1108 RE: duckduckgoose Jan 20, 2007 06:14 AM

                                              My sister and I went to Milano Freezer tonight and thought it was great. It's on Olympic, just west of Doheny on the south side of the street. I had the chocolate gelato and my sister had their frozen yogurt, which she actually liked better than Pinkberry. She said it was less sour. We had a sample of the daily special, Peach Mango, which was very good but a bit too peachy for my taste (not a big fan of peaches). The gelato was very good and creamy. Two 8 oz. medium servings was about $8. Aside from the yogurt and the gelato, the service will definitely bring us back. Very friendly and helpful despite us getting there just past closing time.

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