UPDATED 9/26: Mr. Holmes Bakehouse will be landing in Highland Park this Saturday, October 1, catering to the brunch crowd with 8am to 4pm weekend hours (they'll be open during the week from 6:30am-4pm). Will there be lines? Probably. Show up at 111 S Avenue 59 for a wait and a cruffin.
Cronuts, chounuts, Sushiritto, Ramen Burger, waffle pizza—is there anything we can't mash up? Judging by the latest entry into LA's "let's-put-two-foods-together-and-call-it-a-day" scene, the answer is no. According to the Eastsider, San Francisco's popular bakery Mr. Holmes Bakehouse is coming to Highland Park next month, bringing its standout hit with it: the cruffin. In mid-August, the bakery will open inside an Art Deco building on Avenue 59 off Figueroa Street.
So, what exactly is a cruffin? Think of it as a croissant in muffin form, flaky and soft and filled with creme or jam. Mr. Holmes Bakehouse was the first to patent the creation, and has since drawn consistent lines at its original location in San Francisco's Tenderloin district. In December 2015, they opened a second branch in Seoul, South Korea; the Highland Park location will be its third. An "I got baked in Los Angeles" neon sign has already been installed, establishing an Instagram moment before the shop even opens.
It's not altogether surprising that the bakery is opening in Highland Park—new restaurants, bars and coffee shops have been popping up at a rapid pace, with spots like Highland Park Bowl, ETA, Kindness & Mischief, Ramen of York and others changing the shape of the neighborhood. Next up? Cafe Birdie, a bistro from the folks behind Horse Thief; and Tinfoil Liquor & Grocery, from Nighthawk's Jeremy Fall. Highland Park: So hot right now.
Will you be trying the cruffin when it comes to LA? Let us know in the comments below.