Leelin Bakery & Cafe - Cerritos
We go to the Filipino food haven that is Artesia and Cerritos maybe once every two months. As such, we suffer from a month-long lag in news of developments in the area. We only found out last week that Magic Wok (my favorite Filipino restaurant of all time) closed suddenly and has been closed since October (No need to worry though: I just got word they will reopen soon).
And one day a few weeks ago, after deciding we were overdue for a meal at Goldilocks, or at least a mocha roll, we discovered that it has turned into a bakery and cafe called Leelin.
But when we walked inside, it looked as though nothing has changed. The cafe was still there, to the left. The array of breads were stacked on its usual shelves to the right. But most importantly, the mocha roll tasted as good as it always has.
In fact, everything was the same--down to smell. The only different was the rebranding. The new name and logo replaced all that used to say Goldilocks, as though someone went through a bad breakup and photoshopped any traces of an ex from a stash of old pictures.
Word is that after 38 years, a rift developed between the owners of this Goldilocks and the rest of the family. (All L.A. area Goldilocks are now Leelin).
It reminds me of that old adage about doing business with friends and relatives. But perhaps more apropos here is the one that says: the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Leelin Bakery & Cafe
11489 South St
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