LA Restaurants Supporting Armenia And Artsakh
photo credit: Jakob Layman
When news broke in late September that the long-simmering conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan had reignited in Nagorno-Karabakh, or the Republic of Artsakh, killing a reported 550 civilians to date (and leaving thousands more displaced and imperiled), LA restaurants did what they do best - they sprung into action.
If we’ve learned anything from our city’s restaurants over the past six months, it’s to never underestimate their ability to organize. Establishments within LA’s large Armenian community - and allies across the city - have been raising awareness about the conflict and donating to humanitarian organizations like the Armenia Fund, a non-profit dedicated to transforming the South Caucasus through projects focused on education, healthcare, infrastructure, rural development, and housing.
Here are some of the local restaurants donating to the Artsakh cause. If you’re looking for other ways to lend support, UCLA’s Armenian Students’ Association has put together a spreadsheet of participating businesses around Los Angeles.
On October 17th, St. Leon’s Armenian Cathedral will be holding a fundraiser to benefit the Armenia Fund. Running from 12-7pm in Burbank, the fundraiser will feature a variety of vendors and businesses from the community, including Hot Motha Clucka, Brick Burgers, and Ribs Against The Machine. For more information, follow Loyal To Our Soil on Instagram.
A Glendale institution, Mini Kabob is donating a portion of their net profits - and partnering with organizations like the Armenian Professional Society to match contributions - to “offer aid and relief to the communities back home under siege.” Mini Kabob is available for takeout and delivery, call (818) 244-1343 to order.
This North Hollywood hot chicken spot is donating a portion of their profits to the Armenia Fund. Use the promo code “Peace” to get 15% off your order. Available for takeout and delivery. Call (818) 791-4433 to order.
The Flour Girl is selling boxes of Armenian flag macarons, priced at $24/dozen. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Armenia Fund. Call or text (818) 497-6130 to order, check their Instagram for availability.
The Middle Eastern dumpling specialist is donating 20% weekly profits from both their Glendale and Pasadena locations to the Armenia Fund. They will also be holding a fundraiser on October 18th at their Glendale location, with 100% of the proceeds also going to the Armenia Fund. Monta Factory is available for takeout and delivery, call (818) 396-4445 (Glendale) or (626) 398-1525 (Pasadena) to order.
This LA dessert pop-up is selling cupcakes for a cause - Chubby Cheek Cakes will be donating the proceeds from their #ArtsakhStrong fundraiser to the Armenia Fund on a monthly basis until a peaceful resolution is in place. Each box comes with a dozen cupcakes in various flavors and decorated like the Armenian flag. Text (818) 934-2158 or DM their Instagram to order.
This woman-owned charcuterie board pop-up is donating 100% of the net proceeds made from their Armenian boards until further notice. Each board comes with a mix of Armenian meats, cheeses, and crisps, alongside accoutrements like Kalamata olives, fresh herbs, pickles, and seasonal garnishes. Takeout and local Los Angeles delivery is available, DM their Instagram to order.
The North Hollywood brunch pop-up (a.k.a. The “Home of the Basturma Breakfast Burrito”) is donating 100% of their weekend proceeds to the Armenia Fund. Call or text (818) 818-8307 to order, check their Instagram for updates.
Over in Burbank, Armenian-owned Pepper Mexican Grill has pledged to donate 20% of their daily sales to Armenia Fund. Available for takeout and delivery, call (818) 616-3997 or place an order through their website.
Armenian flatbread specialist Zhengyalov Hatz is donating 100% of the profits made from their traditional, herb-filled flatbreads to The Armenia Artsakh Fund. Offer ends November 7th, call (818) 696-9339 for takeout or delivery.
Until a peaceful resolution is made, Grub House in North Hollywood will be donating 100% of their proceeds in aid of Armenian citizens. Available for takeout and delivery, call (818) 980-3000 to place an order.
In addition to having one of the punniest names in the city, Muffin Can Stop Us has created a new breakfast sandwich called the “Never Tarragon” - a muffin made with hard boiled eggs, tarragon, cheese, and various spices. For every Never Tarragon sandwich sold, they will donate double the proceeds to the Armenia Fund. Available for takeout and delivery, call (818) 688-1005 or order through their website.
Named after the community in northwest Armenia, Old Gyumri Restaurant is donating 100% of the proceeds made from their Armenian/Mediterranean fare directly to the Armenia Fund. Available for takeout and delivery, call (818) 550-0448 or place an order through their website.
This Silver Lake pop-up is doing their part by creating Mantuh 2 Go kits, which are filled with enough Armenian dumplings for two, plus at-home baking instructions. Each kit costs $30, DM their Instagram to place an order and for more information.
Over in Koreatown, Seaweed Handroll Bar has pledged to donate 100% of their weekly Wednesday profits to the Armenia Fund. Available for takeout and delivery, call (213) 674-7996 to order, or find them on most major delivery platforms.
For the rest of October, The Winzza’s Glendale location will donate 100% of their profits to both the Armenia Fund and this GoFundMe organized by Taguhi Oganyan. Available for takeout and delivery, call (818) 241-1840 to order.
Armenian-owned Pokitomik is donating 100% of their weekend proceeds to the Armenia Fund. This fundraiser includes both the poke shop’s Glendale and North Hollywood locations. Available for takeout and delivery, call (818) 696-2278 (Glendale) or (818) 210-0202 (North Hollywood) to place an order.
Papillon Bakery has committed to a weekly donation to the Armenia Fund. The international bakery has locations Hollywood, Glendale, North Hollywood, and Northridge, and offers a variety of Middle Eastern baked goods such as perashkis, cheese-filled adjarakan, and ponchiks. Available for takeout and delivery, order through their website.
A portion of the sales made at this olive oil cake pop-up will go directly to the Armenia Fund during the month of October. Little House Confections rotates between the Platform in Culver City and a spot on West 3rd St. in Beverly Grove - check their website for details.
photo credit: Jakob Layman
Carousel Restaurant will be donating $10,000 to the Armenia Fund to aid humanitarian relief efforts in Artsakh. The Lebanese-Armenian restaurant has locations in Hollywood and Glendale, place an order for takeout or delivery through their website.