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Armenian Woman-Owned Vegan Bakery Opens in Former Space of The Gray Zebra

The Moody Vegan is your one-stop shop for vegan desserts in East Hollywood!

Vegan Desserts from The Moody Vegan
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The Moody Vegan

The Moody Vegan is your one-stop shop for vegan desserts in East Hollywood!

Looking for a new vegan dessert plug in East Hollywood? An Armenian woman-owned vegan bakery, The Moody Vegan, will open in the former space of The Gray Zebra this summer!

The Moody Vegan Cottage Bakery and Food Truck

The Moody Vegan got its start in 2020 as a cottage bakery operating out of owner Melany Nazarian’s home. Nazarian and her husband delivered matcha crinkle cookies, lemon olive oil cakes, coffee cakes, and other baked goods to customers around the LA area until expanding to a food truck in September of 2022. But not even a month into operation, the Moody Vegan food truck unfortunately got damaged in an accident. Although fans were devastated, The Moody Vegan was working behind the scenes to secure a brick-and-mortar location.

“After the unfortunate event with the truck, I wanted to find a way to put myself out there again. Since we were not in operation for long with the truck, I feel like a lot of people who were interested in visiting never got the chance to. I missed interacting with customers and hearing about and seeing how my desserts made their moods better. I miss the reactions from non-vegans, ‘I can’t believe it’s vegan!’ A brick-and-mortar has always been a dream of mine, but now it’s coming to fruition,” Nazarian told VegOut.

Exterior of The Moody Vegan

Courtesy of The Moody Vegan

Vegan Cookies, Coffee Cake, Banana Bread, and Blondies

This new space allows The Moody Vegan to expand offerings. Of course, they’ll be serving all of their fan-favorite items like vegan cookies, coffee cake, banana bread, blondies, and refreshing iced teas. In addition, the bakery will serve their namesake a la mode menu items—called Mood Swings. New items to grace the menu include fruit smoothies, protein smoothies, milkshakes, Armenian espresso, and savory dishes in the realm of breakfast burritos, loaded fries, and avocado toast.

Cookies from The Moody Vegan

Courtesy of The Moody Vegan

The Moody Vegan in East Hollywood

The Moody Vegan will open in East Hollywood on the corner of Sunset and Normandie, in the former space of two vegan establishments—The Gray Zebra and Gegen. “I’m excited to join the community in East Hollywood and hope the area welcomes us kindly. I’m excited for the opportunity to continue keeping the space 100% vegan, but by introducing a new concept,” shared Nazarian.

Opening details are still in the works, but The Moody Vegan aims to soft open next month. Once they get a feel for what works for the customers and area, they will set official hours and continue to expand their menu. For more information, follow @themoodyvegan on Instagram.

Allie Mitchell

Allie Mitchell


When Allie responded to an Instagram post on @vegoutlosangeles a few years ago, she had no idea she’d join the coolest vegan team on the planet. An Austin native, actress, yogi, and part-time sword fighter (don’t ask!), Allie is on a mission to live her best life and inspire others to do the same. She graduated from Hussian College In Studio with a B.F.A. in Contemporary Musical Theatre + Film and currently acts, writes, and eats her way through Los Angeles.

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