Launderette turns two this year, and to celebrate appropriately, the restaurant is giving away its iconic dessert, those birthday cake ice cream sandwiches, for free on Sunday, February 19. It is available for dinner service only (read: not brunch).
The sweet mind behind the lauded dessert, pastry chef Laura Sawicki, is one of the semifinalists for this year’s James Beard Awards, within the Outstanding Pastry chef category. This is her third nomination, one other time for Launderette, and another for La Condesa. Of the dish, she told Eater previously:
The birthday sammie has become an Instagram sensation. I have no idea it was going to happen. With the way that I designed the menus in the other restaurants, there was always the dessert: the boca negra, the dulce de leche, the banana split. I just wanted to make food in the same way that he talked about for the savory: We just wanted to make food that people could enjoy. So I was going to work away from that and have an ever-evolving menu. All of a sudden, I’ve created these very iconic dishes again. It’s literally an institution in its own one and a half by two inch square. But it’s really fun and it’s for kids of all ages so we all get to enjoy it.
Sawicki, along with executive chef Rene Ortiz and partner Margaret Vera, opened the Eater 38 restaurant on February 19, 2015. The trio also oversee Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon on North Lamar and South First, and Launderette’s next door neighbor, Mr. Mc’s.