Top Chef alums are spreading their love all over the southland. Phillip Frankland Lee is preparing for a fall launch of his popular Encino restaurants up the coast at the Montecito Inn. And now, Top Chef winner Brooke Williamson, along with Nick Roberts, is debuting the couple’s second Small Batch, an artisanal ice cream shop on the charming, family-friendly Venice Boulevard in Los Angeles’ burgeoning Mar Vista neighborhood
If you’ve ever mosied down to Playa Provisions, you’ve probably sampled the unique frozen novelties, cookie dough scoops, pints-to-go, and pastries, all of which will be available at the new L.A. locale.
Brooke and Nick continue to expand their Company for Dinner Hospitality Group, which includes Hudson House in Redondo Beach; The Tripel, the four-in-one beachside complex Playa Provisions, and Tripli-Kit in Playa del Rey; and Da Kikokiko in Playa Vista.
The original Small Batch opened in 2014 within Playa Provisions — but this location is a stand-alone concept, serving a the workspace and development kitchen for both locations. Small Batch specializes in housemade nostalgic ice cream flavors and novelties with a twist.
“We’ve been watching the Mar Vista area grow over the past couple of years, so we’re excited to add to the up-and-coming neighborhood by creating a destination for ice cream lovers and families,” says Brooke. “Expanding Small Batch also gives us the ability to develop our menu and be more creative since we now have a dedicated kitchen to focus solely on ice cream and frozen treats,” says Nick.
Lindsay Kirk, pastry chef at Playa Provisions who has working with Brooke and Nick to imagine Small Batch’s unique flavors and treats for a few year, will be overseeing the menu.
Menu highlights include flavors like Birthday Cake, Banana Cream Pie, Vegan Chocolate Coconut, Fresh Sweet Corn, Lemon with Strawberry Pop Rocks, and Cereal Killer (a frozen take on Lucky Charms), alongside frozen novelties, such as Mint Oreo Ice Cream Pie, White Chocolate Thai Tea Pops, Fresh Raspberry Popsicles, and Chocolate Dipped Bananas with sprinkles.
For those looking for the ultimate indulgence, order the Unicorn Sundae. (Yes, unicorns do exist!) 10 scoops of ice cream, a variety of toppings, hot fudge, whipped cream, and to top it off, a cherry — and a “uni-cone,” a chocolate-dipped waffle cone with a sparkler on top that looks like a unicorn’s horn.
Cookie dough scoops include Chocolate Chip and White Chocolate Chip, while soft-serve flavors will soon be added to the menu.
Small Batch has taken over the former Sweet Lucie’s — and the interior features a retro appeal with tall ceilings, a light gray wrap-around counter, and vintage seafoam green light fixtures. Local artist designed by beloved local artist Bumble Bee Loves You vibrant custom mural of a boy eating ice in a park runs along one wall. The space, which features seating for 30 inside and on the expansive patio, is available to rent for private events
Small Batch is located at 12222 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. A Small Batch pop-up ice cream cart will also be available at the weekly Mar Vista Farmers’ Market on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, please visit www.smallbatchicecreamery.com or call (424) 289-9552. Become a fan of Small Batch on Instagram and Facebook.