Ben and Jerry's scooping ice cream and Greek yogurt at new Union Station location
A small cup of Ben and Jerry's Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz Buzz, a coffee ice cream with espresso bean "chocolatey chunks."
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — Cherry Garcia fans and Chunky Monkey enthusiasts can now get a scoop (or two) at the new Ben and Jerry's ice cream "scoop shop," which opened in Union Station on Thursday.
In addition to ice cream cones, shakes and smoothies, the new location is one of only a few Ben and Jerry's locations to serve Greek yogurt, a newer item typically only available at grocery and convenience stores.
Compared to regular ice cream, Greek yogurt has fewer calories and more protein, according to David Bernstein, owner of the new Ben and Jerry's at Union Station.
The scoop shop, which has been about two years in the making, is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
"It's surprising how many people get ice cream in the morning," said Angel Martinez, an employee at the Union Station Ben and Jerry's.
Business is booming at the ice cream shop so far, Bernstein said. He explained that all of the 30 flavors sold in the store, from classics like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough to the less typical mango sorbet, are popular among patrons.
Bernstein equated choosing his favorite flavor to "choosing your favorite kid." He said that if he had to decide, he would pick the Coconut Seven Layer Bar, which is made of coconut ice cream, coconut and fudge flakes, walnuts and swirls of graham cracker and butterscotch.
A small cup or cone costs $3.95 and comes with two scoops and a large is three scoops for $5.45.