By Ricky Richardson, Contributing Writer

(Los Angeles,CA) – The word is out. It is hard to keep a good thing a secret. Residents of Inglewood and surrounding communities has known about the wonderful, Black women-owned Sip & Sonder. The specialty house is about to reach a wider audience by way of a larger platform. Downtown office workers, The Music Center Staff and patrons and visitors now have the opportunity to sip and savor the mindfully-crafted, house-roasted coffees and signature bites and pastries.

That’s right ladies and gentlemen, The Music Center announced a new partnership with two well known Los Angeles establishments as part of its plan to re-imagine dining options on its campus.

On November 5, 2021, the Black-women-owned Sip & Sonder opened 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.

“When prompted with an opportunity to join The Music Center, 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.

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 house in Inglewood, California-serves some of the best coffee in L. A. and features a creative studio and multi-purpose event space frequently by entrepreneurs, community groups and everyone-in-between. 

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

Sip & Sonder Latte (Courtesy Photo)

Friday, November 5, 2021, was the grand opening of Sip & Sonder at The Music Center. Hours of operation are: Tuesday through Sunday, 9:00am-2:00pm. Alongside classic coffee drinks, Sip & Sonder will serve up specialty drinks such as the Cardi Rose, a Rose and Cardamon latte; or its REFRESH line of tonics and spritzers, including a Lavender Expresso Tonic. Sip & Sonder’s menu aims to push the same creative boundaries it hopes to evoke in its customers.

Beginning this Winter, Carney’s the family-owned restaurant chain known for its iconic train branding and one of the best burgers in L. A. will open its fourth location adjacent to The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, overlooking Grand Avenue. Savor and enjoy the many current favorites, including classic hamburgers, cheeseburgers and piled high chili dogs.

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. The Music Center and hospitality partner Levy recently announced a collaboration with native Angeleno Chef Ray Garcia to craft a new concept inside the anchor restaurant space at The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. 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.