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LAist Interview: Peter Ji of Scoops

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Submitted and Written By Dan Collins

For ice cream lovers, Scoops is the frozen jewel in the Heliotrope Corridor crown (also called the Bicycle Districk and Hel-Mel), just around the corner from the legendary punk rock pavilion on Melrose known as the Ukrainian Center. Today’s urban sophisticate finds that nothing cools one down after a midnight bike ride’s next day sun-soaked hangover more than gourmet ice cream at bargain prices. And Scoops has all the flavors you’ve never tried: rosemary and goat cheese, brown bread, avocado banana—even some made out of booze!

The scoopers behind the counter are friendly and ready with a taste spoon if you can’t decide what to get (and who could?), so I thought I’d grab one and ask for an interview. Turns out the fellow behind the counter, Peter Ji, was more than happy to lend a voice to the shop (“I do all the PR for Scoops!”). Though I didn’t get any free ice cream out of it, I think they put some love into my bowl.

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DAN: So, who makes the ice cream?

PETER: Tai Kim, the founder of Scoops. He’s been doing this for about three years.

DAN: Was this always the location? Did the location inspire the nature of the restaurant?

PETER: It was, yeah. I think what kind of inspired Tai to locate here was the Bicycle Kitchen, and also Pure Luck, and also the coffee shop, and LACC, that’s what inspired him to come to Heliotrope and to take his ice cream business here.