Black Owned Cafe Sip & Sonder to Open in Front of Walt Disney Concert Hall

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On November 5, 2021, the Black women-owned Sip & Sonder will open its second location as an outpost directly in front of The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, serving its mindfully-crafted, house-roasted coffees and signature bites and pastries.          

Both practicing attorneys who met while working at a law firm, Amanda-Jane Thomas and Shanita Nicholas launched Sip & Sonder in 2017 to create a home for all Angelenos and connect community, coffee and culture. Their flagship coffee house and roastery—the first specialty coffee house in Inglewood, California—serves some of the best coffee in L.A. and features a creative studio and multi-purpose event space frequented by entrepreneurs, community groups and everyone in-between.

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During the pandemic, with their doors temporarily closed, Thomas and Nicholas continued to live their mission, launching the “Brewing for Good with Sip & Sonder” campaign. Each Friday, they delivered hot coffee and pastries to frontline workers on the COVID-19 floor at Centinela Hospital.

Beginning November 5, 2021, Sip & Sonder will be open at The Music Center from Tuesday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Alongside classic coffee drinks, Sip & Sonder will serve up specialty drinks such as the Cardi Rose, a Rose and Cardamom latte; or its REFRESH line of tonics and spritzers, including a Lavender Espresso Tonic. Sip & Sonder’s menu aims to push the same creative boundaries it hopes to evoke in its customers.

As restaurants and dining locations at The Music Center continue to re-open and enhance offerings for all campus visitors, the performing arts center will be creating opportunities to showcase restaurants, chefs and other food service providers who contribute to L.A.’s vibrant and diverse culinary community.

Upcoming announcements throughout the rest of 2021 and into 2022 will highlight additional partnerships with home-grown restaurants, a new catering experience for private and social gatherings and more details about the many dining experiences at the full-service restaurants located at The Music Center campus.

According to The Music Center’s president and CEO, Rachel Moore, adding both Sip & Sonder to the organization’s dining portfolio aligns with its vision to offer culinary experiences and price points for every palate.

“The Music Center has always been a beacon for arts and culture, and now we’re excited to enhance our role as a culinary destination with some of L.A.’s favorite dining experiences,” Moore said.

   “When prompted with an opportunity to join The Music Center campus, we jumped,” said Shanita Nicholas, co-founder of Sip & Sonder. “Our mission is, and always has been, to create a space ‘For the Community. For the Culture.’ 

Our tagline highlights our vision for a place where culture is elevated, creativity encouraged, social responsibility championed, and connections made. We are thrilled to partner with an organization as iconic as The Music Center that not only supports those efforts, but also so closely aligns with us in its mission,” added Amanda-Jane Thomas, co-founder of Sip & Sonder.

Author: Keri Freeman

Military mom and proud parent, artist, writer, musician and film maker. Cocktail connoisseur. Publisher of DTLA Weekly.