Goodbye Joe’s Pizza, Hello Mr. Pizza In Century City… The first Of 15?

The Century City Shopping Center is a flurry of activity lately.  Half of the shopping complex has completely closed down to make way for the construction of an über-chic replacement including the much-anticipated West Coast debut of the mythic Eataly.  But the rising tide doesn’t seem to be floating all boats.  Iconic New York pie maker Joe’s Pizza has closed its outpost in the food court.  And wasting no time whatsoever, it looks like a branch of the Korean pizza giant, Mr. Pizza will be replacing it this Fall. Incidentally, signs posted around the mall indicate that there will be no less than 15 new restaurants in the sparkling new shopping center.  I’ll keep watching…



Native Foods’ Free Dessert Today!

The purchase of an entrée, side, and drink will net you a free dessert today (August 25th) at Native Foods Café. And not just any dessert, but this little piece of summer sunshine: a peach parfait with almond and vanilla bean cream, chunks of carrot cake, and blueberries.  And a portion of the sales will benefit the Surfrider Foundation.  You’re welcome.


Musashiya Udon Noodle Coming Soon To Westwood

It looks like something new is replacing the Top N One Ramen Ex that used to inhabit the small space at 1049 Gayley Ave. in Westwood.  Signs in the window appear to announce that the new tenant will be yet another noodle joint,  Musashiya Udon Noodle.  I can’t seem to locate much information out there on this one so we’ll have to wait and see what develops…



Sugarfina To Bring Confectionary Glam To The Point In El Segundo

There has been a lot of news generated by the upscale The Point development that recently opened in rapidly developing El Segundo.  Most of the restaurant and food announcements arrived late last year.  But it looks like one addition to the food scene has only recently come about.  Confectionary magic makers Sugarfina is expanding its mini candy empire with a new boutique in The Point.  It looks like they’re aiming for an October opening date so South Bay sweet tooths will simply have to wait until then.


Trouble At Santa Barbara Public Market?

And while we’re on the subject of Santa Barbara…  One of the locations of Rori’s Artisanal Creamery is in the Santa Barbara Public Market.  You may remember that the anticipatory buzz was very high when SBPM first opened only last year.  Well, recently I had a chance to check out its progress.  Sadly, it appears that the market, often compared to San Francisco’s Ferry Building, may be having some of the difficulties that have plagued its predecessor The Market at Santa Monica Place, which is currently under redevelopment.  Three of the original stores have now closed; Belcampo Meat Co., The Pasta Shoppe, and Crazy Good Bread.  We’ll just have to wait and see how it all plays out.


Rori’s Artisanal Creamery Coming Soon To Montana Ave.

With locations in Santa Barbara, it appears that popular ice cream shop Rori’s Artisanal Creamery is expanding south.  Signs recently went up in the windows indicating that the LA area’s first Rori’s will be located at 910 Montana Ave. in Santa Monica.  No word on when the organic icy treats will be first available, and it looks like they’ve still got a way to go, but I’ll keep watching…


Hooters Falls Flat In Santa Monica; Dragon Herbs To Take Over

Normally, that den of skimpily-clad servers Hooters is off my radar.  So while I can’t exactly say when it happened, I only recently noticed that the Hooters that used to inhabit the space at 321 Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica had closed down.  However, their Yelp page promises that they are temporarily closed until November 1st.  But judging by the notices posted in the windows, it looks like that won’t be the case. Health emporium Dragon Herbs will be moving from their current location on Wilshire Blvd and taking over the space in a “few months” according to a spokesperson.