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.
Loyal To Our Soil Fundraiser
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.
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.
Pepper Mexican Grill
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.
Muffin Can Stop Us
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.
Seaweed Handroll Bar
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 International Bakery
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.