Abandoned storefronts, dusty shelves, deserted halls, and the occasional lost soul would be the perfect backdrop for Halloween… except that this is actually The Market at Santa Monica Place. Just in case we need more evidence that the sputtering Ferry Building-style food hall, about which we once held such high expectations, is not getting any better, Chef Matthew Kenney’s raw food restaurant MAKE has recently closed up its take away outlet MAKE OUT. The restaurant itself remains open, and you can read more about that here.
Back in February, I told you about the impending arrival of a new novelty and candy emporium to the space at 1427 Third St. Promenade in Downtown Santa Monica. After an extensive and lengthy renovation of the storefront, It’Sugar is now open. With over 70 locations worldwide, It’Sugar delivers a wild ride through the world of confection with such TV gag products as Sweddy Balls, Colon Blow, and sacchariferous versions of edible intimate apparel as well as classic and retro candies that you can read more about here.
As you can tell if you look carefully at the posted announcement in the window of the photo taken on Monday, Steak N Shake officially opens today (Tuesday, October 28th) on the corner of Broadway and Third St. in Santa Monica. Originally hailing from Georgia, you can read more the chain and check out their menus here.
Downtown Santa Monica continues to be a flurry of urban renewal. I’ve been carefully watching the development on the corner of 7th and Arizona, which until recently has been concealed by scaffolding and plywood. All that came down this week to reveal an ABC application in the window. With locations in West Hollywood and Downtown LA, looks like popular casual eatery Caffe Primo is expanding west, to 702 Arizona Ave. to be exact. No word on an opening date yet, but until that magical day, you can read more here.
And while we’re on the subject of Main St., things are about to get a whole lot sweeter. Right across from now-defunct Wildflour Pizza, construction is underway on a new candy kitchen and shop, A Real Treat Candy Boutique at 2724 Main St. in Santa Monica. With one store already at 10800 West Pico Blvd. in LA, ART promises a natural selection of house-made candies that are free of artificial sweeteners, with vegan, kosher, gluten-free, and allergy sensitive choices that you can read more about here.
Long-standing local institution Wildflour Pizza has finally closed its doors at 2807 Main St. in Santa Monica. Wasting no time whatsoever, construction is underway on what will shortly be a brand new “wine and beer garden”, I’m told. And while I’m not certain of the name, the design review lists Edmund Silkaitis, long associated with Café Montana, as the applicant. Look for an opening in about 30 days.
Back in April I told you about the impending arrival of a tony new wine shop on the corner of Little Santa Monica and Canon in Beverly Hills. Oenophile wonderland Heritage Fine Wines is now up and running at 9400 S. Santa Monica Blvd. and the reviews are (mostly) good. But the best part besides the wine? They are also carrying bread from Paris’ ridiculously famous boulangerie, Poilane.