Customers say it’s not just the artisan coffee or the homemade pastries that have kept them coming back to Pannikin in La Jolla for decades.
“Honestly, the whole community comes here…it feels like home,” said Stephanie Lomakin, who has been coming here since she was 11.
Pannikin co-owner of 15 years, Amanda Morrow, told NBC 7 after they were unable to reach an agreement with their landlord at their longtime La Jolla location, she thought they should close permanently.
“For me, this was probably the most emotional time of my life so far,” Morrow said.
She also shared that she got into the business because of her love of the community. It’s only fitting that the community she served for years came together to support her when she needed it most.
She says the neighborhood raised $85,000 through GoFundMe to help her open in a new location nearby.
“There’s no way I could have done it without this funding,” Morrow said.
The cafe is temporarily operating as a ‘pop-up’ business at The Lot Cinema in La Jolla, but Amanda says in a few months they will be moving to a new permanent location a few blocks away thanks to donations and collaborative efforts. of its customers.
“It’s amazing…every day I have so much gratitude and I’m overwhelmed,” she said.
They will open under a new name: The Flower Pot Cafe & Bakery, but customers say it doesn’t matter to them.
“Even coming here to the Popup du Lot… it’s always the same thing. It doesn’t matter where he is,” Lomakin said.
Ultimately, customers say it’s the people, not the place, that make this cafe special.