Column: Fresher pastures as Claremont’s Cheese Cave expands to LA

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Reed Herrick and Lydia Clarke, seen at Grand Central Market.

The Cheese Cave, a Claremont gourmet food shop, is opening a second location, this one in downtown LA’s Grand Central Market. It’s a rare example of a business from the 909 expanding to LA rather than vice-versa. Wednesday’s column tells the story.

For careful readers, this is the interview in LA that I combined with a Metrolink trip to LA Opera last Wednesday, as mentioned in last Friday’s column.

Grand Central Market, founded in 1917, is one block north of the Pershing Square subway stop, making it easy to visit for Metrolink riders. The market is well worth a visit.

The Cheese Cave’s website is here, and a 2010 feature from this newspaper by my former colleague Wendy Leung offers a detailed, lyrical take on the shop.

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  • SAWZ

    Sorry I can’t read your column, David. I hope their goodies include cream cheese. Also hope their kiosk is far from the least, enticing areas of the GCM–poultry, fish, and meat.

    • davidallen909

      It’s next to stands selling produce, kabobs and sandwiches. You’ll read my column later, at a library, won’t you, Shirley? (She’s hit the paywall at home.)

      • SAWZ


  • DebB

    I’m so glad the Cheese Cave is doing well. I had to forcibly remove them from my regular shopping “beat” because I overspent and overate their wonderful cheeses. But maybe I’ll use the holiday as an excuse to drop in this week!

    One very minor thing, wasn’t it Dec 11 that you were at their stall, not Nov 11 as your column says? Or maybe you were there twice…

    • davidallen909

      Gaaaaah!! Yes, Dec. 11. Son of a — !! I’ll have online fix that version, at least.