Fuel up before you hit the pavement this Saturday! Downtown's Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, located near our Pershing Square start point, is offering several great specials for Great LA Walkers! Among the specials:
Doughnut and Small Coffee $4
Egg Sandwich and Small Coffee $6
Fried Chicken Honey and Small Coffee $8
Astro will open at 8:30 on Saturday -- earlier than usual -- to accommodate us! Some info on Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken:
For childhood friends Elliot Spaisman and Jeff Halpern, it all started as a love of hockey and a good old- fashioned fondness for American comfort food. The first native Washingtonians to play for the Washington Capitals, Halpern and Spaisman grew up playing the sport together in Montgomery County, Md., often meeting for a post-game doughnut off the ice.
As adults, the two food lovers forged their childhood pastime into a local eatery offering lighthearted interpretations of two comfort food favorites: doughnuts and fried chicken. Leveraging Spaisman’s experience at Balducci’s (formerly Sutton Place Gourmet), the duo found ways to add a modern spin to classic recipes with inventive seasonal flavors, culturally relevant releases and sandwiches combining both items for a new take on the traditional southern combo of waffles and fried chicken.
In addition to playing for the Washington Capitals — twice — Halpern also graced the ice for the Dallas Stars, Tampa Bay Lightning, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens and Phoenix Coyotes. All that skating stirs up quite an appetite, so it was only a matter of time before the Princeton grad called upon his economics degree to partner with Spaisman, who had spent a decade in the antiques business honing his business acumen and putting his Ithaca communications degree to good use. When the cupcake craze began sweeping the nation in the 2000s, the duo noticed there was a superior confection flying conspicuously below the radar … and decided to do something about it.
Here's Astro's downtown address:
516 W 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014