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sll Jan 12, 2007 09:18 AM

I noticed today that the little Chinese place at Rowena and Hyperion (Wok Express maybe?) is boarded up and there's a Pinkberry poster in the window...

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    silverlakebodhisattva Jan 12, 2007 08:14 PM

    yes. Wok Ave is gone, and the 'berry thing is coming. Many of those who live/work/park in the surrounding neighborhood tremble in fear. On the other hand, given the pace some restaurant development has taken in the 'hood
    (Franklin Hills Cafe, "opening soon" 1 year + and counting! "Cajun Johnny's", (or was it "George's"?) in the same location before Wok Ave. was 'opening soon' for five-six months, and never opened at all, ever...)
    it may not happen until after the fad has died back...

    r gould-saltman

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    1. re: silverlakebodhisattva
      sll Jan 12, 2007 11:55 PM

      Heh.. yes, my reaction when I saw the sign in the window was an unhappy 'ohhh noooo...' -- but I also was thinking it might not actually open til the craze has dampened a bit.

    2. corydon Jan 12, 2007 08:48 PM

      A little grapevine gossip tells me there might be a little snag in the Pinkberry world takeover. Their stuff is made from a powder with a questionable appelation. Hell, the ingredients are questionable. Is it even yogurt? Inquiring public agencies want to know.

      1. Chowpatty Jan 12, 2007 09:29 PM

        What on earth are you talking about?

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          rachaels Apr 12, 2007 09:18 AM

          i love that response. Exactly my inner monologue. There's a pinkberry that opened up near M Cafe on Melrose, it's near where I work--it hasn't change the parking one bit.

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          hjb Jan 13, 2007 12:54 AM

          does anyone know what happened to the wok ave/china bistro family? did they want to close, or was this a going out of business or lease lost situation?

          i was fond of the place because the people behind the counter were kind and accomodating.

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            carter Jan 13, 2007 04:06 AM

            The newer owner of Wok Avenue wanted to sell as there was no parking due to the nail salon, yet could find no buyer. The original owner/developer of the Wok Avenue concept now operates Kung Pao Bistro in Studio City and West Hollywood, and has for nearly 10 years in the case of the Studio City location.

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            HungryGirl Jan 13, 2007 01:34 AM

            Pinkberry doesn't appear to be as original, or fresh, as the hype would indicate. Personally, I thought it was OK, but not work schlepping across town for:


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              Silverlaker Apr 11, 2007 07:05 PM

              Anyone know when it's coming...?

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                smonkey Apr 12, 2007 03:10 PM

                I'm surprised one is opening up so close to the new Los Feliz location on Vermont, next to Vermont restaurant. It's two miles away!

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                  Chowpatty Apr 13, 2007 09:17 AM

                  I stopped by this morning and the construction guy said "about a month." So maybe around June 1?

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                    Silverlaker Apr 14, 2007 12:37 PM

                    thanks chowpatty! i wanted to stop by myself the other day but too much traffic. we've been going to the los feliz branch and i'm starting to get addicted, this one will be up the street from us. i sense you live in the hood -- any news on flor morena?

                    1. re: Silverlaker
                      Chowpatty Jun 18, 2007 08:37 PM

                      Well, just five months later, and Pinkberry Silverlake is open...already pretty full on a Monday evening!

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                        carter Jun 18, 2007 09:57 PM

                        Must have opened in the past two days, as it was not open on Saturday!
                        and any news on flor morena?!

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                          SilverlakeGirl Jun 19, 2007 04:11 AM

                          Any place to park? That nail salon makes parking so terrible in there.

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                            EatinThePizzaNaked Jun 19, 2007 09:39 AM

                            Parking around that entire area drives me bonkers. Especially with the fear of having to cross the World's Most Scariest Crosswalk.

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                              SilverlakeGirl Jun 28, 2007 08:24 AM

                              I have heard a rumor that they are planning a stop light there.

                              In fact there is a tribute in TJs to someone who was struck and killed in that crosswalk ... and I know of one other fatality.

                              FWIW ... drove by yesterday and Pinkberry is jammed!

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                                eberhard49 Jun 28, 2007 09:16 AM

                                there is an article in the Los Feliz Ledger claiming that a traffic light is coming to the craoss walk by TJs

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                              Griller141 Jun 23, 2007 07:34 PM

                              This place was packed today - must have just opened. The block of Hyperion that starts at Pinkberry (Rowena) and ends at Griffith Park Boulevard has been named by an acquaintance who is an urban planner as the 3rd worst traffic block in LA (don't know what #1 and 2 are, but suspect at least one is on Wilshire near Westwood). If you really want to go, the only parking is illegally in the Gelson's lot nearby. Forget the Trader Joe's lot -I still remember high school students from nearby Marshall holding up ratings signs one afternoon for the most audacious exit from TJ's turning left on to Hyperion. One lady got three "9"s and an ovation for just bulling ahead into traffic and causing a series of locked brade skids.

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                  eberhard49 Jun 21, 2007 11:47 PM

                  I just had some Pinkberry here for the 1st time...was terribly dissapointed. Not only does the store double as a Alessi showroom, but this stuff taste like chemicals (because it probably is).

                  For the price that you end up paying, I should have had Graeter's ice cream FedExed to me from Cincinnati.

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                  1. re: eberhard49
                    annie Jun 23, 2007 07:09 PM

                    I went by and tried this stuff as everyone is talking about it, and discovered there is a bit of an undertaste that is redolent of something artificial. Hopefully not melamine! :)
                    It reminds me of a cold milky drink one gets in Hong Kong, I forget the English name, but the Chinese name is Yik Lik Doh, or "energy infusion". Pinkberry is hardly worth all this money, and until they cough up the ingredients list, I'd be wary of returning.

                  2. EatinThePizzaNaked Jun 23, 2007 10:18 PM

                    i'm going to have to walk over to Svelte more often for froyo to make sure it doesn't get put out of business by this stupid place.

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