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.
Originally hailing from Sherman Oaks and with locations throughout SoCal, Sharkey’s Woodfired Mexican Grill is expanding further. The new location will be in the Villa Marina Marketplace Mall at 4371 Glencoe Ave., Space #16, in the cul-de-sac between Pavilions and CVS. No word on when their signature brand of “fresh, natural, and organic” Mexican food will be available, but until then, read more here.
Marina Del Rey’s very own branch of Florida-based national chain RA Sushi Bar Restaurant is now up and running in the Marina Marketplace at 13450 Maxella Avenue. While they are still waiting for their liquor license to come through, Ra offers a menu of (of course) signature sushi, bowls, bento boxes, and plates, all served in a “sexy environment” with a “big side of Anything Can Happen” that you can read more about here.
Earlier in the week I told you about a new Vietnamese restaurant’s anticipated opening in the Westfield Century City Shopping Center. Good to their word, NiBi Pho Bistro is now up and running in the food court. With one other restaurant in the city of Commerce, you can check out their Facebook page here.