Meet the Owners
Julia and Gregory met in New York City in the summer of 2014; both actors and filmmakers working in restaurants to pay their bills. They quickly discovered their shared passion for great food as they explored the culinary playground of NYC while dating. After five years together, they both had the start of real careers and some serious traction in the entertainment industry but still had to maintain survival jobs inside the grind of New York City. At the time, Gregory was working as a private chef for a Craigslist "Sex Therapist" and Julia was bartending and managing a brewery inside Port Authority. They were THRIVING! Just kidding. Groceries cost half their paychecks, they were both severely Vitamin D deficient, and truth be told one can only share a subway seat with a man with dead pigeons in his pockets so many times before they realized it’s time to move on. So in January of 2019, they made the move to Los Angeles in search
of a slower pace of living.
Within days of arriving in Los Angeles Gregory became the head baker of the now famous Pop’s Bagels and Julia was hustling with various catering jobs. And then BOOM! 2020 roared in with the COVID-19 pandemic and halted employment in the restaurant industry. It was always a far-fetched dream to think they might one day open up their own business, however, this newfound period of uncertainty opened a window of opportunity and Julia & Gregory decided it was time to take the leap. Gregory had been making fresh cream cheese at Pop’s Bagels and when the pair thought of using that cream cheese in Julia’s Mom’s Christmas Cheesecake recipe, it was then East Side Cheesecakes was born.
We LOVE food and using our creativity to make food that brings happiness to others is the ultimate reward. WE MAKE OUR OWN CREAM CHEESE FROM SCRATCH. Our cheesecakes are real and alive and it’s this element of our cakes that truly sets us apart. The real cheese adds a depth of flavor that store bought preservative filled cheese can’t even come close to and gives our customers a truly unique indulgent experience that’s not nearly as heavy and far more nuanced than any other cheesecakes. Our cheesecake is a vacation for your mouth.