A tuna melt from the now-departed Meltdown in Culver City
Here's some info on Mix 'n Munch, the cereal and grilled cheese cafe due mid-summer in South Pasadena. It's a family business started by Heather Apraku, her husband Abraham Apraku, her sister Kimberly Lee and brother-in-law Bryan Woo. All four went to South Pasadena High, and they're aiming to make it a community gathering spot for all ages, with Wi-fi and bigscreen TV and everything available to go for Gold Line commuters (just don't eat that cereal on the train, or you'll get a whopping fine!) So why the unusual combo?
Heather Apraku says, "When we first thought of opening a cereal bar, we wanted to offer an additional menu item that was simple and delicious. To us, it was a no-brainer to offer another classic food item that we believe most people grew up eating, and never really stopped loving, the grilled cheese sandwich. Instead of just one or two types of grilled cheese, we wanted to continue with our theme of customizable food and provide a variety of cheeses, breads and additional toppings (bacon, caramelized onions, etc) for people to choose from. On top of our grilled cheese selection and our numerous cereal combinations (30 cereals, 20 different types of mix-ins, and several milk options), we plan on offering additional items such as homemade tomato soup, fresh oatmeal and yogurt parfaits."Also in South Pas. news, there's branch of the Menchie's frozen yogurt franchise moving in next to Mike and Anne's. I'm happy to see more activity in the neighborhood, though there's plenty of things we could still use (even more) -- a gastropub, a Counter-type burger place, a good Mexican restaurant with drinks, a healthy grab 'n go place like Forage or Larchmont Larder would all be welcome. Especially if one of them happened to bake great fresh French bread.