Alka Logic, The On Demand Premium Water Store Coming Soon To Venice

Need someplace to exclusively purchase your high-end performance-enhanced water without the inconvenient jostle of Whole Foods?  Maybe you didn’t even realize you needed it, but… of course you do!  Already known for their home and business delivery of “pure antioxidant ionizing alkaline water”, Alka Logic is soon opening a free-standing store offering an “on demand self-use water filling station” at 328 Lincoln Blvd. in Venice according to the banner hanging on the storefront.  No word on an opening date, but I’m sure you’ll heave a sigh of relief when that blessed day comes.  Could this be the next big thing?  We’ll have to wait and see…



L’Olio Cafe & Wine Bar Arriving Soon In MDR… Possibly

It appears that the faded ABC license has been posted in the window for quite a while, but I can find absolutely no other information on what appears to be the arrival of L’Olio Café & Wine Bar to the currently empty space at 3018 Washington Blvd. in Marina del Rey.  The licensee is listed as Sahbal Bintug, who must be very brave indeed to be throwing his hat into the ring with so many established Italian restaurants within spitting distance (Scopa, C & O, South End).  No word on an opening date and not much work has been done which makes me wonder if this project is still going ahead, but I’ll keep watching…



Sweet XO Kisses Goodbye To El Segundo

It appears that Sweet XO, the yogurt, bakery, and gift store that opened a little over a year ago has closed its doors at 3700B Allied Way in Plaza El Segundo, next to The Counter.  While the reviews praised their astonishing array of treats like “xogurt” with 175 different toppings, desserts, cupcakes, and candies, it just didn’t prove enough.  And if you suddenly find that existence has lost all meaning without their promise of “Life Fulfilled”, you can track down three other locations scattered across SoCal here.


Uh oh… Not A Smooth Landing For Flights

Remember back in January when I told you about the impending arrival of Flights Craft Beers + Sports Grill, the new bar with 40 beers on tap, an interesting menu, and odd location (5119 W. El Segundo Blvd, in Hawthorne)?  I’ve been carefully watching this story because the Manhattan Beach/El Segundo food scene is exploding right now and Flights is the farthest east of all of the new upcoming restaurants.  Well, after delaying their opening a few weeks, they eventually opened for business on March 25th.  Shortly thereafter however, they had to close their doors due to health and safety code violations.  A letter pasted under the notice of closure on the front door explains that the moving of an ice machine and installation of a new washing machine required new permits that they simply didn’t know about.  But they are planning on reopening as soon as they can.


Belcampo Now Pushing Meat In SM…

Well, it’s been a bit of a wait, and a whole lot of you have been closely tracking this story.  Back in January of 2014, I first noticed signs up announcing that Belcampo Meat Co., the high-end butcher shop hailing from Northern California was taking over the space at 1026 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica that used to house Dakota Lounge.  Then back in May of 2014, they briefly opened a pop-up restaurant while construction was going on.  Well, after a full renovation of the space, Belcampo opened their retail butcher shop (complete with a Tiffany-style display window) in the front last week and the restaurant with a separate entrance officially opened on Sunday.  Look for a menu that features meats that are grass-fed, organic, and humanely raised at their farm at the foot of Ms. Shasta that you can learn more about here. 





The display window

A F Chinese Food To Replace Tom’s Super Burger On Robertson…

I recently noticed that signs are up announcing the impending arrival of a new Asian eatery to the empty space that used to house the unremarkable branch of mini-chain Tom’s Super Burger at 1710 S. Robertson Blvd. (corner of Airdrome) in West LA.  Looks like we can expect a mysterious entity named A F Chinese Food & Vietnamese Pho BBQ to soon throw open its doors.  No word on when that thrilling moment will occur, but we’re all waiting with bated breath…




Veggie Grill Rolls Out Its New Spring Menu…

It’s that time of year, when popular vegan chain Veggie Grill unveils its new Spring menu items.  Included on this year’s list are: fresh pea + asparagus soup: banh mi salad; spice market bowl (Moroccan-spiced and grilled tofu, sautéed asparagus, sweet peppers, leeks, roasted corn, faro, chard, beets, golden raisins, with a preserved lemon vinaigrette); and a strawberry and rhubarb parfait.  Check out the entire menu of seasonal additions to their regular menu here.