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Jan 14, 2008 08:50 AM

Red Mango Now Open

I'm surprised there hasn't been a thread about this yet. I'm told they opened last Wednesday, and I went last night. It's on Pico, next to Starbucks, across from the Landmark. I'm not a huge fan of yogurt, though I admit it was kind of fun waiting in line at the Pinkberry in West Hollywood when it first opened. The whole fro-yo craze/war seems a little silly to me. Anyway, the yogurt at Red Mango is quite good. It's decidedly sweeter and creamer than Pinkberry. Their literature boasts that Red Mango is made of real yogurt. Though I enjoyed it overall, I left disappointed. I was hoping they would try to differentiate themselves from Pinkberry. Unfortunately, it felt like yet another carbon copy* of pinkberry with similar decor, similar toppings, same flavors, etc. With so many competitors offering nearly identical product, the market just doesn't seem sustainable.

*I use the term loosely, as I'm not sure who copied who. As I understand it, Red Mango actually came before Pink Berry.

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  1. Also drove by one on Wilshire yesterday, in the Variety building between La Brea and Highland, I think. Looked like it was open.

    1. Yay! I love that more Red Mangos are (FINALLY) opening!

      They are a lot better than Pinkberry (and I like Pinkberry!)

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      1. re: JackonCrack

        There has been one open for a while in Westwood... I guess it's going okay for them! :D


      2. Am I the only one that kind of insulted by these blatant rip-offs of PinkBerry? Even if Red Mando's product IS better, couldn't they be at least a little original with the name?

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        1. re: Kevitivity

          Hard for Red Mango to change it since they were incorporated in 2002, well before Pinkberry which was founded in 2005.

          1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

            Indeed, it's pretty well documented that Pinkberry is a direct knock-off of Red Mango, the Korean original that started it all.

        2. The store in Lakewood is also open (on Carson Street near Lakewood Golf Course). Friday Feb 22 is their grand opening celebration with free yogurt from noon to 8pm.
          Note that there are only two flavors of yogurt, original and green tea. Green tea is $3.50 whereas original is $2.50. Toppings start at $1.00.

          1. The Red Mango in Westwood has been doing well for over 4 months already.

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            1. re: J.L.

              Yes and the Lakewood store has only been open a month and has free yogurt this Friday, which is why I posted.

              My bad for not realizing it's always all about Westwood.

              1. re: mlgb

                Hehe... Westwood - always up to no good...

                Just to clear the air: My post was directed at the original poster.