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47-year-old learned to cook in prison—now his California restaurant brings in over $1 million a year

Ali Elreda believes in second chances — and he’s grateful for his own.Elreda learned to cook in prison. He was convicted in 2009 for “intent to distribute” cocaine, according to court documents, and spent nearly six years between prison and halfway homes between 2007 and 2013. Now, the 47-year-old runs a restaurant in Downey, California, named Fatima’s Grill after his 19-year-old daughter.Fatima’s Grill, which opened in 2016, serves up a fusion of Mediterranean and Mexican-American cuisines &...

Ali Elreda believes in second chances — and he’s grateful for his own.

Elreda learned to cook in prison. He was convicted in 2009 for “intent to distribute” cocaine, according to court documents, and spent nearly six years between prison and halfway homes between 2007 and 2013. Now, the 47-year-old runs a restaurant in Downey, California, named Fatima’s Grill after his 19-year-old daughter.

Fatima’s Grill, which opened in 2016, serves up a fusion of Mediterranean and Mexican-American cuisines — think a “shawarma crunch wrap” with meat, cheese and a layer of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. The food pays tribute to Elreda’s Lebanese-American background and the heavily Latino community where he was raised in nearby Bell, California.

The menu items’ bright colors and flavor combinations made Fatima’s Grill a viral hit on social media, where the restaurant boasts 1.4 million total followers between TikTok and Instagram. It grew popular enough to become a franchise business in 2021: Six new locations have opened across Southern California, New York and Texas.

The original location brought in $1.1 million in total revenue last year, according to documents reviewed by CNBC Make It. It barely missed being profitable, but has come out ahead in past years — and is on track to bring in as much as $1.8 million in 2023, a company spokesperson says.

A majority of Elreda’s income comes from franchise royalties and fees now anyway, he adds. He declined to share specific figures, citing contractual obligations — but he notes that he’s not slowing down, with plans to enter Atlanta and Cleveland next year. Further down the road, he’s eyeing Canada, he says.

“Being able to walk in and pull the doors open at an out-of-state location is just a dream come true,” says Elreda.

A mission to ‘bring people together’ with food

While serving time, Elreda took culinary classes and signed up to work in the prison kitchen. He’d loved being around food since childhood, following his mother around the kitchen “sticking my hand in the pot” as a kid, he says.

But while living in a court-mandated halfway house in 2011, he had trouble finding a job in a professional kitchen. A cousin who owned a stall at a meat market in Bell offered him a job cooking at a small grill — reminiscent of Elreda’s prison cooking setup.

Eventually, the cousin moved abroad and struck a deal with Elreda: $80,000 for ownership of the stall. Once in charge, Elreda experimented with mashing together the cuisines of his youth, making Mediterranean food and tacos on the small grill.

Ali Elreda opened Fatima’s Grill in 2016 in Downey, California.

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The food grew a following, so Elreda sold the stall — for $125,000 — and poured the money into opening a proper restaurant, in what used to be a Chinese takeout restaurant. Under the banner of Fatima’s Grill, Elreda’s inventive fare — like his signature “Lebamex” hot sauce, short for Lebanese and Mexican — took off on social media.

“People started driving from Las Vegas ... Chino Hills, from San Fernando [Valley]. These are people taking 45 [minute] to an hour drives, like mind-blowing,” says Elreda.

The attention is proof that food can “bring people together” across different cultures, he adds: “I think food is the best way, because it has no color lines. It’s just right there, like, it tastes good. It better taste good.”

From long lines to multi-city expansion

When the wait times at Fatima’s Grill surpassed “two or three hours,” with people lined up around the block, Elreda decided to grow the business again. This time, instead of finding a larger location, he partnered with Miami-based consulting firm Franchise Creator to guide him through the franchising process.

The expansion over the last two years hasn’t come without hiccups. A Detroit location recently closed over “franchise violations,” but another location will open in the Detroit suburbs in 2024, says Elreda’s sister Susanne, who serves as his franchise operations director.

Elreda, standing outside the front doors of the original Fatima’s Grill.

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On the whole, though, Elreda considers the franchising process a success, especially given how much of his income comes from the newer locations. And while the original Fatima’s Grill posted a loss of roughly $150,000 last year, it’s profitable over the course of its lifetime so far, he says.

He’d know: Even amid the business growth, Elreda says he still tries to stick to his daily routine — including working the grill in Downey himself.

“I still manage my own self, putting in my own hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,” he says, adding: “I love what I do. So as long as I’m healthy and able to stand on my feet, I’d like to be hands-on as long as I can.”

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Top Beaches Near Downey, CA: Addresses, Distances, and Must-See Highlights

Craving some sun, sand, and surf? If you're in Downey, California, you're in luck! There are plenty of stunning beaches nearby just waiting to be explored. In this article, we'll introduce you to the best beaches close to Downey, share their addresses, distances, and unique highlights. Get ready to pack your beach bag and set off on a coastal adventure!Address: 1035 Ocean Ave, Seal Beach, CA 90740Just a 13.3-mile drive from Downey, Seal Beach is the perfect spot for a relaxing day out. Known for its picturesque pier, charming...

Craving some sun, sand, and surf? If you're in Downey, California, you're in luck! There are plenty of stunning beaches nearby just waiting to be explored. In this article, we'll introduce you to the best beaches close to Downey, share their addresses, distances, and unique highlights. Get ready to pack your beach bag and set off on a coastal adventure!

Address: 1035 Ocean Ave, Seal Beach, CA 90740

Just a 13.3-mile drive from Downey, Seal Beach is the perfect spot for a relaxing day out. Known for its picturesque pier, charming small-town vibe, and clean, wide sandy shores, it's no wonder locals love this beach. Parking is available in a paid lot or on nearby streets. The beach is also wheelchair accessible, making it a great destination for everyone. Don't forget to explore the nearby Main Street for shops, restaurants, and the historic Red Car Museum!

Address: 1 S Granada Ave, Long Beach, CA 90803

At 15.7 miles from Downey, Long Beach City Beach offers 4 miles of sandy coastline perfect for sunbathing, swimming, or taking a leisurely stroll. Parking is available in paid lots or on the street, and the beach is wheelchair accessible. While you're there, don't miss the chance to visit the iconic Queen Mary, a historic ocean liner permanently docked nearby, or the Long Beach Museum of Art for some cultural exploration.

Address: 315 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Drive 22.2 miles from Downey, and you'll find yourself at the famous Huntington Beach, aka "Surf City, USA." Renowned for its consistent surf and lively atmosphere, this beach is a must-visit for anyone seeking fun in the sun. Several parking lots and street parking options are available, with wheelchair accessibility provided. In addition to hitting the waves, be sure to check out the International Surfing Museum and the Huntington Beach Pier for some local history and stunning views.

Address: 18331 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

A 24.2-mile journey from Downey brings you to Bolsa Chica State Beach, a popular spot for families and beachgoers seeking a more laid-back atmosphere. Known for its calm waters and abundant wildlife, Bolsa Chica is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, or birdwatching. Ample paid parking is available, and the beach is wheelchair accessible. Don't miss the nearby Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve for an educational and scenic experience!

Downey's proximity to some of Southern California's most beautiful and diverse beaches makes it a fantastic starting point for beach-hopping adventures. Whether you're looking for surfing, wildlife encounters, or simply a relaxing day under the sun, you'll find the perfect beach destination within a short drive. With so many fantastic options to choose from, all that's left to do is grab your sunscreen, towels, and swimsuits and head out to explore these breathtaking coastal gems.

Downey Stay Gallery speaks up

Downey’s Stay Gallery has secured another one to two years of funding after the city previously halted its finances back in March.This decision comes after Stay Gallery operators Gabriel Enamorado and Julianna Canty rallied a host of concerned citizens to appear before the city council at a November 14th city council meeting.Enamorado, the operator of the nonprofit gallery since its opening in 2008, opened the public comment by sharing the storied history his community art gallery shares with the city of Downey and how it...

Downey’s Stay Gallery has secured another one to two years of funding after the city previously halted its finances back in March.

This decision comes after Stay Gallery operators Gabriel Enamorado and Julianna Canty rallied a host of concerned citizens to appear before the city council at a November 14th city council meeting.

Enamorado, the operator of the nonprofit gallery since its opening in 2008, opened the public comment by sharing the storied history his community art gallery shares with the city of Downey and how it has persisted financially across the years.

“In 2008 the city approached us to establish a public art space as part of the downtown renovation plan […] with the city’s support we funded Stay Gallery,” said Enamorado.

“Compensation for our services [comes from] lease payments from the city’s art in public places fund […] Money in the fund is generated from a 1% fee on commercial development. Not from resident’s tax dollars.”

This fund lapsed in May, with no official word from the city on what the plans were for the gallery moving forward.

The Downey City Council initially planned to settle this matter behind closed doors, but this proved to be a fate programs director Juliana Canty would not accept laying down.

“Stay Gallery is a gem that carries a unique story for the Downey Community and serves as a source of pride, culture, and belonging,” said Canty, “We’ve collected over 1,100 signatures in favor of Stay Galleries’ continued funding on our petition and for our operating agreements to be placed on a public vote.”

Not merely sitting idly and waiting for passersby to wander in, the gallery has enjoyed an active relationship with the community, especially with Downey High School.

Students in the institution’s art and photography programs often put on exhibits at the gallery, a practice that has recently reached as far as the city’s elementary schools.

This symbiotic relationship with the local school district ensured that some of the loudest voices of the November meeting were teachers.

Among them was Downey High School photography teacher Michelle Napoli, who could not fathom the idea of a city without the Stay gallery.

“I believe that it is irreplaceable, that the people who run it now have a true passion for it and have a heart for it,” said Napoli, “we’ve had annual photo exhibits where our students are able to submit their work […] it’s the first time now that they submit their work and have other adults give them critique on their work and I can see the pride in their faces.”

The large turnout of support for the gallery at the meeting, combined with 1,000 petition signatures saw the city council agree to include Stay’s continued funding on the public agenda for the November 28th City Council meeting.

After an impassioned public vote, the gallery secured funding for at least another year.

The victory was celebrated by Stay in an Instagram post.

Stay Gallery’s next event, a screening of the short film portal will be held on Saturday, December 9th.

Lockdown lifted at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey after riot

Officials lifted a lockdown at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey on Saturday night, less than a day after 13 detainees assaulted guards, breached their units and attempted to escape by scaling the perimeter walls.The 66-year-old Los Angeles County facility is now operating on a limited basis, allowing for the movement of youth for meals, schooling and recreational activiti...

Officials lifted a lockdown at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey on Saturday night, less than a day after 13 detainees assaulted guards, breached their units and attempted to escape by scaling the perimeter walls.

The 66-year-old Los Angeles County facility is now operating on a limited basis, allowing for the movement of youth for meals, schooling and recreational activities, according to Interim Probation Chief Guillermo Viera Rosa.

Visiting hours were canceled Saturday, after the disturbance began about 8 p.m. Friday.

Viera Rosa said he will ask the county to speed up hiring of safety and security specialists, a new job classification that will allow the probation department to hire off-duty or retired peace officers for external security purposes.

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“The safe operations of Los Padrinos ultimately comes down to having the appropriate level of officers and staff on every shift, day in and day out,” Viera Rosa said in a statement. “This new classification will help us reach that level by using trained and experienced peace officers in support of our Probation staff. This will allow us to increase our overall staffing so that we can provide the programming that our youth deserve.”

The incident began when seven youths assaulted staff with pieces of broken furniture and opened an exterior door of their living unit on Friday. night, sources told The Times. Then they broke the window of an adjacent unit, allowing six others to join them on the grounds.

Officials managed to quell the disturbance several hours later with assistance from law enforcement officers — many of them in riot gear — and emergency responders from across the region. A sheriff’s helicopter provided aerial support.

One of the youths managed to climb over the wall during the disturbance, Viera Rosa said, but was apprehended in an adjacent golf course a short time later by the county probation department’s special enforcement operations team.

Because he is 18, officials said, authorities have asked the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department to book him as an adult, officials said.

The other 12 youths were placed in individual rooms at Los Padrinos under one-on-one supervision, officials said. No serious injuries to youth or staff were reported, and all 273 youths held at the facility were accounted for.

Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall had closed in 2019, two months after prosecutors charged six officers who worked there with assault for dousing teenage girls with pepper spray.

This month, the Probation Department moved about 270 juveniles held in Central Juvenile Hall in downtown Los Angeles and Barry J. Nidorf Hall in Sylmar to Los Padrinos, as the troubled agency tries to right itself after years of disarray.

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Times staff writer James Queally contributed to this report.

Mayor hopes Ojos Locos reconsiders Downey restaurant

DOWNEY — Is Ojos Locos still coming to Downey?As construction on the former Denny’s site – located at 8350 Firestone Blvd. - progresses, city planning staff have said that Ojos Locos is still believed to be the future tenant.No opening date has been publicly revealed.However, Mayor Claudia M. Frometa has said that she hopes to coordinate a meeting between both parties in order to find a compromise.“Regarding Ojos Locos, the site owner is still moving forward with the plans ...

DOWNEY — Is Ojos Locos still coming to Downey?

As construction on the former Denny’s site – located at 8350 Firestone Blvd. - progresses, city planning staff have said that Ojos Locos is still believed to be the future tenant.

No opening date has been publicly revealed.

However, Mayor Claudia M. Frometa has said that she hopes to coordinate a meeting between both parties in order to find a compromise.

“Regarding Ojos Locos, the site owner is still moving forward with the plans as approved,” said Frometa. “However, given the owner has other restaurants as part of his portfolio of eateries, I have directed staff to reach out and schedule a meeting between all of us.

“While I value businesses and business investments in our great city, I do not believe Ojos Locos belongs in Downey. There isn’t a week I don’t hear from concerned families and parents about their opposition to this restaurant opening in our city.

As the Mayor, I am advocating for my residents and hope to persuade the restaurateur to bring a different type of restaurant to our community, one that we can all embrace and welcome wholeheartedly.”

The restaurant’s initial announcement was met with fierce opposition by resident and council members alike, especially over the scantily-clad waitresses and apparent safety concerns.

At a city council meeting back in March last year, Mayor Pro Tem Mario Trujillo said that Ojos Locos “should take their tax dollars elsewhere.” He would later indicate that he planned to rally constituents to send the message that the restaurant was not welcome in Downey.

Ojos Locos would push back on many of residents’ concerns, claiming that the risqué lingerie seen across other locations’ social media pages were for “special events” only, and was not what was intended for the new Downey site.

Regardless, the city moved to take action against the attire, approving an ordinance establishing a dress code for food handler’s city wide.

However, it remains to be seen what more the city could legally do, as officials have insisted that they cannot pick and choose what businesses set up shop within city limits.

Ojos Locos Sports Cantina is a chain restaurant with 21 locations across Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

A California school district brings creativity to life with Apple Learning Coach

A California school district brings creativity to life with Apple Learning CoachThe professional learning program expands to 12 additional countries this yearSomething transformative is happening in the Downey Unified School District in Southern California.“There’s a buzz,” says Allison Box, principal at Lewis Elementary School. “It’s exciting — there’s never a boring day here, and that’s because our kids are immersed in learning environments that are truly dynamic.”...

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Something transformative is happening in the Downey Unified School District in Southern California.

“There’s a buzz,” says Allison Box, principal at Lewis Elementary School. “It’s exciting — there’s never a boring day here, and that’s because our kids are immersed in learning environments that are truly dynamic.”

Across the district, students are using Apple technology to create projects as varied as podcasts with GarageBand, animations with Keynote, and movies with Clips — and these changes are reshaping classrooms. At the center of this transformation is a group of educators who have applied their knowledge from the Apple Learning Coach program to rethink how teachers and students approach their studies.

Apple Learning Coach is a free professional learning program that trains instructional coaches, digital learning specialists, and other coaching educators to help teachers effectively use Apple technology in the classroom. More than 1,900 educators have already completed the program in the United States, and the next cohort is now accepting applications through May 30. Additionally, Apple Learning Coach is expanding to 12 more countries, in addition to the United States, by the end of the year.

Downey Unified is home to 22,000 students from transitional kindergarten through grade 12 across 22 schools, including eight Apple Distinguished Schools. More than 10 years ago, the district began using iPod touch to aid with reading fluency for English language learners. Fast forward to today, and all elementary schools provide an iPad to every student and, since the pandemic, middle schools are also 1:1 with iPad.

Downey follows the coherence model, where all schools have the same access to technology, education, tools, and services. For example, each school has an Innovation Lab with coding, robotics, and green screen film projects, and Student Tech Squads provide leadership opportunities where older students mentor younger students and facilitate districtwide creativity and innovation competitions. In addition, a cornerstone at Downey is that all educators are provided professional learning opportunities — and since it launched in 2021, this includes Apple Learning Coach. To date, Downey has 15 certified Apple Learning Coaches, with an additional five educators currently enrolled in the program.

Through a mix of self-paced lessons and virtual workshops with Apple Professional Learning Specialists, each Apple Learning Coach gains a deeper understanding of how to support teachers in the classroom as they integrate technology into learning. Upon completing the program, each Apple Learning Coach comes away with an actionable coaching portfolio they can begin using immediately.

Marnie Luevano was certified as an Apple Learning Coach last year. Her role as an instructional technology coach at Downey Unified brings her into the district’s elementary schools, where she helps teachers reimagine how they use Apple technology to supercharge lessons.

“We work with teachers to identify new ways their students can demonstrate what they’ve learned beyond the use of a worksheet or simply writing an essay,” says Luevano. “And then the kids are taking off with it — they’re so excited. Every time we visit the schools, the kids can’t wait to tell us about the podcast they’re finishing or show us the cover they designed for one of their projects. They’re not just trying to get the assignment done — they’re really enjoying the process.”

This year, as a result of the Apple Learning Coach program, the district’s coaches are deepening their use of Apple’s Everyone Can Create resources. Every week, a new Everyone Can Create project is featured and distributed to educators, and the district technology team has created a digital fluency deck to give its teachers technology goals for students based on grade level. For example, by the end of first grade, students will be able to record video using the camera on iPad, and by the end of second grade, they will be able to build on that skill to combine video with photos and audio in iMovie.

Jennifer Robbins has been working in Downey for 27 years and is the district’s director of elementary education, as well as an Apple Learning Coach. She hasn’t just seen a change in the students as their access to technology has increased — she’s also watched her fellow educators learn and grow.

“Apple Learning Coach gave us the tools to be able to meet educators where they are, no matter the level of their technology knowledge,” says Robbins. “So we want to give voice and choice to our kids, but we want the same for our teachers. We work to customize the learning for them too.”

The results for Downey have been measurable. In an era of declining enrollment across California public schools, Downey has seen growth in its student population. Principal Box, who is also an Apple Learning Coach, credits the program with helping to transform schools in the district, including her own.

“Apple has truly been a game changer in education, both for our teachers and our students,” says Box. “In applying the Apple Learning Coach model, we’re achieving a higher level of engagement, and it’s opening up so many possibilities — we’re thinking about what an augmented reality program or app design studio might look like for our school. It’s helping us create a culture that embraces change and innovation, and prepares our students for the future, and I’m very excited about what’s next.”

Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling adds 20 eCascadias to Downey, California, site

PORTLAND, Ore. — Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling (RCCB) has added 20 zero-emission battery-electric Freightliner eCascadia Class 8 tractors to its Downey, California, site. Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) announced the delivery of the trucks on Nov. 16. The eCascadias are the first zero-emission heavy-duty tractors to be incorporated into RCCB’s Downey fleet.“Our collaboration with Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling marks a significant milestone in promoting sustainable transportation,” said David Carson, senior vice preside...

PORTLAND, Ore. — Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling (RCCB) has added 20 zero-emission battery-electric Freightliner eCascadia Class 8 tractors to its Downey, California, site. Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) announced the delivery of the trucks on Nov. 16. The eCascadias are the first zero-emission heavy-duty tractors to be incorporated into RCCB’s Downey fleet.

“Our collaboration with Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling marks a significant milestone in promoting sustainable transportation,” said David Carson, senior vice president of sales and marketing at DTNA. “The integration of Freightliner eCascadias into RCCB’s fleet showcases that business and environmental responsibility can go hand-in-hand, all while fostering innovation and efficiency.”

RCCB’s eCascadias will rely on 20 Detroit eFill commercial charging stations that have been installed at the Downey facility. To complement the charging stations, RCCB is using the Detroit Charger Management System, a software solution designed to enable efficient energy management, ultimately reducing operational costs. Working closely with Detroit eConsulting, which is comprised of a team of eMobility experts dedicated to every step of the electric truck conversion process, RCCB ensured the best possible site design and seamless integration of the eCascadias into their fleet.

According to DTNA, the 20 eCascadia tractors are expected to reduce RCCB’s diesel fuel usage by 40,000 gallons per year.

“We’re excited to roll out these 100% electric, zero-emission heavy-duty tractors as we strive toward our goal of reducing our carbon emissions in our operations by 30 percent by 2030,” said Tim Heinen, vice president of strategic infrastructure and development at RCCB. “Our electric fleet for Downey, which now includes electric semi-trucks and electric customer care vehicles, will serve customers throughout Southern California and build on our commitment to make a positive difference in our communities.”

According to a statement from DTNA, Freightliner’s eCascadias provide optimal productivity for fleets looking to make a change to efficient, zero-emission tractors. The trucks can be recharged to 80% capacity in as little as two-and-a-half to two hours and are available with a variety of battery and drive axle options that deliver a range of 155, 220 or 230 miles of travel, depending on the specific setup. These configurations “are ideal for short and regional haul routes involving depot-based charging, including the tasks of last-mile logistics, local and regional distribution, drayage, and warehouse-to-warehouse operations,” the statement notes.

“As a supporter of a greener, more sustainable future, the City of Downey congratulates Reyes Coca-Cola for incorporating electric heavy-duty trucks into its local fleet,” said Downey Mayor Claudia M. Frometa. “The increasing use of zero-emission vehicles is a benefit for everyone, which is why we appreciate being chosen as home base for these impressive trucks.”

Erica N. Guy

Born and raised in Little Rock, AR, Erica N. Guy decided to stay in her hometown to begin her professional career in journalism. Since obtaining her bachelor’s degree from UAPB, Erica has professionally written for several publications about several topics ranging from lifestyle, tech, culture, and entertainment, just to name a few. Continuing her love for her hometown, she joined our team in June 2023, where she is currently a staff writer. Her career goals include continuing storytelling through her writing by being the best professional writer she can be. In her spare time, Erica enjoys trying new foods, cozying up with a good book, spending time with family and friends, and establishing herself as a future businesswoman.

The Last McDonald’s Still Serving Fried Apple Pies

I’m not one to moan about “the way things used to be,” but when it comes to food, oftentimes unhealthier cooking methods equal tastier products. Cases in point: Serbian fried chicken and ...

I’m not one to moan about “the way things used to be,” but when it comes to food, oftentimes unhealthier cooking methods equal tastier products. Cases in point: Serbian fried chicken and Grandma Utz’s potato chips, both of which are fried in delicious beef tallow. And then there’s the long forgotten fried apple pie at McDonald’s, which made the switch to baked in 1992 due to health reasons and has tasted inferior ever since.

Unless you’re over 40 and/or live in Hawaii (more on that soon), you’ve probably never tasted a McDonald’s fried apple pie. Luckily, I live within 20 miles of the one McDonald’s location in the continental United States that still serves its pies fried.

Where to find the last fried McDonald’s apple pies in the continental U.S.

McDonald’s fried apple pies are nearly extinct, save for this location in Downey, California, a city in Southeast Los Angeles County. Built in 1953, the Downey McDonald’s at 10207 Lakewood Boulevard is the oldest McDonald’s still in operation. It was the second restaurant franchised by Richard and Maurice McDonald, so this place actually predates Ray Kroc’s involvement with the franchise.

And it looks like it, too. This McD’s is an old drive-up location with a design straight out of the ’50s. Off to the side is a single tall yellow arch and the chain’s nondescript, pre-Ronald mascot, Speedee, wearing a chef hat that lights up at night. A forgotten tagline, “Your kind of place,” inhabits a blue circle next to a seemingly handwritten McDonald’s sign. Taking it all in, it’s easy to forget this is a towering fast food juggernaut with roughly 40,000 locations worldwide. For a moment, McDonald’s looks like the little guy.

There are no digital order kiosks, no sleek modern fixtures, and there’s nowhere to order food indoors. While there is some seating off to the side in the form of a rotunda/mess hall area, most people choose to eat their meals standing outside the building or near their vehicles, harkening back to when fast food restaurants functioned more like drive-ins and less like DoorDash stops. I wanted to actually spend some time around this McDonald’s. It felt cozy.

So why is this Downey location the only McDonald’s franchise in the continental United States to serve fried apple pies? Perhaps it’s partly because this location is a historical fast food landmark, and the old-school apple pie is therefore all but expected at this specific restaurant. It’s important to note that not all McDonald’s locations operate under the same parameters. For example, in Hawaii, seemingly all of the McDonald’s serve fried apple pies.

Why Hawaiian McDonald’s still serve fried apple pies

In a fascinating 2019 article for Honolulu Magazine, writer Martha Cheng investigates why Hawaii McDonald’s locations serve the products they do, and why Hawaii is the only state still frying its apple pies (with the exception of the Downey location in California).

“People did not like [the baked] as much as the fried pie,” Victor Lim, a McDonald’s Hawaii franchise owner, told Honolulu Magazine. “That’s the reason we’ve been allowed to keep our fried apple pies. Our results prove that there’s a customer demand here in Hawai‘i.”

When a new McDonald’s location opens and it wants to serve a new item, it has to run the proposal past corporate headquarters—and it’s on those franchise owners to make the menu item profitable.

“That’s the same reason we get saimin, we get fruit punch, Spam, Portuguese sausage, eggs and rice,” Lim said. “We are part of the United States, but our culture is a little bit different.”

So the fried apple pies endure in both Hawaii and in Downey, where there is continual demand for it. Since I live so close to Downey, I decided to do a side-by-side taste test of the baked and fried pies to decide which is better. Luckily, there’s another McDonald’s 0.5 miles away from the Downey location serving baked pies, so both were still hot when I conducted the test. Here’s how they tasted.

The baked pie is doughy, warm, and somewhat flaky. Still, the overwhelming feeling is that the whole thing is just a little bit too soft. Real apple pie has some crust to it, some fat that flakes and crisps up while cooking the oven. This baked product, meanwhile, feels… microwaved. The filling is nice, however. McDonald’s apple pies are filled with chunks of apple, along with cinnamon, sugar, and deliciously sweet and thick pie goo. McDonald’s describes its pie crusts as being “latticed,” so some of that filling is exposed.

I’m not terribly impressed, but a warm baked McDonald’s apple pie isn’t the worst thing in the world. Much like the fries, the pie is best consumed on the spot. It’s warm, soft, and gooey, but definitely should be a tad bit sweeter. McDonald’s made its apple pies “healthier” back in 2018 by reducing their sugar content.

This fried apple pie comes in a brown box, already signifying a different experience.

The fried apple pie is basically a fruit empanada, and it’s delicious. Upon first glance, it looks rugged. The pie is a solid rectangle full of bumps and pockets of crispy bubbles. While the baked apple pie is more pale, the fried one is a deeper golden brown. Notably, the fried apple pie is not latticed; it’s a solid mass of crust with zero openings. Because of this, the center is likely to stay warmer longer.

Biting into it, the shell is crispy, slightly salty, and fatty. The inside is gooey, warm, and spiced, just like the baked, but the contrast in textures makes the fried pie sing. The fried apple pie is completely indulgent, without the evident strains to appear healthy, making it a breath of fresh air in the fast food space.

Moreover, it feels like a natural fit with California’s breakfast culture. There’s a doughnut taste to the fried crust that reminds me of the many Cambodian doughnut shops around town. The fried apple pie is the type of thing I would happily eat while driving up the 101.

McDonald’s suggests pairing its baked apple pie with ice cream, but the real move is to pair the fried pie with a McFlurry. I really wanted some ice cream to go with this, whereas the baked apple pie was far too soft to complement a cold and melty dessert.

The fried apple pie is the obvious winner here. McDonald’s baked apple pies are still better than they have any right to be, but there’s something uniquely special about the fried version.

For those of us in the continental U.S. this dessert is a relic from the past, but then again, it really shouldn’t be. For a fast food chain that sells cheeseburgers, french fries, and ice cream, it doesn’t make much sense that McDonald’s would draw the line at frying its apple pies. Back in the ’90s, fat was the enemy. But today? As we try to develop a more loving relationship with fat and embrace the chaos of fast food at its best, perhaps fried apple pies could be primed for a comeback.

SoCalGas opens hydrogen-powered demonstration home in Downey

EDITOR'S NOTE: Multimedia journalist Logan Hall spoke with Lt. Gov. Elani Kounalakis and a SoCalGas customer about the state's energy future. Click the arrow above to watch the video.DOWNEY, Calif. — With a chic minimalist design and xeriscaping, the two-story home on Firestone Blvd. in Downey looks like a lot of other modern residences popping up around the state. It’s what’s next to it that is completely unique.What You Need To Know The [H2] Innovation Experience, as the ho...

EDITOR'S NOTE: Multimedia journalist Logan Hall spoke with Lt. Gov. Elani Kounalakis and a SoCalGas customer about the state's energy future. Click the arrow above to watch the video.

DOWNEY, Calif. — With a chic minimalist design and xeriscaping, the two-story home on Firestone Blvd. in Downey looks like a lot of other modern residences popping up around the state. It’s what’s next to it that is completely unique.

What You Need To Know

The [H2] Innovation Experience, as the home is called, is the first in the nation to be powered with a hydrogen-fueled microgrid that uses solar panels to renewably generate hydrogen from water with zero emissions. That hydrogen is then used by a fuel cell to produce electricity that powers such things as lights and electronics and is also blended with natural gas to fuel a tankless water heater, clothes dryer, range top, oven, fireplace and barbecue.

“This is a prototype to demonstrate the art of the possible,” SoCalGas President Maryam Brown told Spectrum News 1. The [H2] Innovation Experience demonstration house is built at the utility’s Energy Resource Center, where many of its component parts were trucked in with hydrogen-powered big rigs. “Hopefully there are more opportunities to build this in different locations in the state.”

SoCalGas has set a target of becoming carbon neutral by 2045 — the same year the state of California has targeted to become net zero. As the natural gas provider for half of California, SoCalGas has a large role to play in decarbonization if it can replace the fossil fuel that currently serves as its primary commodity with a renewable replacement, thus the [H2] Innovation Experience.

A demonstration project, the home will not be lived in. Rather, it will serve as a proof of concept for homes of the future and to showcase what’s possible for the utility now as it transitions away from the natural gas that has been its lifeblood. From the water heater and stove to a fireplace and barbecue, all of the appliances in the home that would normally be powered with natural gas are instead fueled with a blend of 80% natural gas and 20% hydrogen.

Hydrogen is more sustainable than fossil fuels because it can be made without generating any emissions and makes only water vapor when producing electricity.

“Eliminating emissions from buildings is not an insignificant action,” Lieutenant Gov. Eleni Kounalakis said at the [H2] Innovation Experience opening. “Commercial and residential buildings generate an estimated 25% of emissions statewide. By slashing emissions from buildings using clean energy like solar and green hydrogen, we can take a major step in reducing emissions across the state.”

The solar, hydrogen and natural gas systems at the [H2] Innovation Experience are part of a microgrid that was constructed right next to the 2,000-square-foot house. Unlike a traditional power utility, a microgrid is a decentralized system that can power a neighborhood as opposed to an entire city. The microgrid SoCalGas is now operating in Downey is large enough to support at least 100 homes.

The [H2] Innovation Experience is one of several SoCalGas hydrogen projects. The utility is also working with the fuel cell company Bloom Energy to blend hydrogen into the heating system at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Sunline Transit in Palm Springs operates its buses on hydrogen that SoCalGas delivers.

Last year, the U.S. Department of Energy released a notice of intent to provide $8 billion to fund regional clean hydrogen hubs nationally as called for in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law President Biden signed in 2021. The so-called H2Hubs would create localized networks of hydrogen manufacturers, infrastructure and consumers in an effort to accelerate hydrogen’s use.

The $8 billion will be spent over the next five years to support the development of four or more H2Hubs that can demonstrate clean hydrogen’s production, processing, delivery, storage and use as a model for a clean hydrogen economy.

California is likely to be one of those H2Hubs. SoCalGas is in the process of developing a first-of-its-kind project for the state called Angeles Link, which will supply hydrogen to a variety of industries, from power plants and heavy-duty manufacturing to transportation fueling stations and energy storage.

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