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Meet Ran Zimon of Bread Lounge in Downtown LA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ran Zimon.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started baking in the year 2000 in my home country Israel. In 2007, I came for a visit in LA and so a lack of local bread bakeries. I decided to stay, and in 2010 I opened the Bread Lounge in the Art District Downtown. It started as a wholesale bakery, supplying local restaurants, and in mid-2012 we opened our cafe at the same location, where we are serving fresh bread & pastries, sandwiches salads and more.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Like every small business starting up, there are many challenges along the way. Starting with the build out of the space, figuring our operation, employees, and the list goes on. But with hard work, good friends and luck, you keep ongoing.

Please tell us about Bread Lounge.
We are specializing in European style bread and pastries. Our bakery/cafe in Downtown is open to the public seven days a week, and we supply baked goods to restaurants and coffee shops in LA and the surrounding areas. We are staying true to the art and tradition of baking, and even today each loaf of bread we bake is made by hand. All of our breads are vegan and contain three basic ingredients; flour water and salt. We use natural yeast that we grow in our bakery, made of flour and water. What I am most proud of is the fact that today ten years after I started the Bakery, we are producing the same quality product and giving our customers exceptional customer service. That is all thanks to our amazing team, who cares about what they do, we love what we do, and we care about our customers.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Playing outside, its something you don’t see much these days in a big city like LA.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 700 S Santa Fe Avenue Los Angeles CA 90021
  • Website:
  • Phone: Cafe 213-327-0782 Bakery 213-255-9464
  • Email:

Image Credit:
Isabelle Van Vleet

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