Dunkin’ Donuts Opening Tuesday…

It’s official:  According to the signs posted in the window over the weekend, LA’s very own Dunkin’ Donuts is set to open at 5:00am on Tuesday, September 2nd at 1132 Wilshire Blvd. (corner of 12th) in Santa Monica.  This will be the first outpost of what appears to be a major expansion into the West Coast.   Look for a menu of breakfast and lunch sandwiches, fetish-inducing coffee, and, well… donuts.

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The New Promenade Food Hall In SM…

Back in April, I told you about an impending remodel of the tired and dated Food Hall in the Third Street Promenade between Arizona and Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica (1315 3rd St. Promenade).  Well, for those of you who have been losing sleep wondering what the hall will look like, wait no more!  Here’s an artist’s rendering of the shiny new Hall taken from the recently posted design review application…
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The Market At Santa Monica Place’s Latest Closures…

Just when I began to have hope that with all the development on Ocean Ave. and the new theater going into the cavernous space just a few feet away, The Market at Santa Monica Place was beginning to take off, I took this photo earlier in the week.  Sadly, it appears that culinary gadget shop Cook by Venokado is gone, and organic delivery company Santa Monica Merchant has ostensibly been abandoned. Said one nearby employee, “I haven’t seen anybody in there for a long time.”  (Sigh)

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Splichal And Puck At Melisse…

Here’s a rare and golden opportunity:  Three of LA’s most revered and legendary chefs will be coming together for one evening only, Monday September 15th.  Jaochim Splichal (Patina) and Wolfgang Puck (Spago) will be at Josiah Citrin’s Melisse in Santa Monica for a harmonic convergence of greatness to celebrate Melisse’s 15 year anniversary.  First seating is at 6:00pm and the cost for six courses is $185.  You know this is going to book up quickly so don’t just sit there, reserve your space just as fast as your little fingers can dial (310) 395-0881 or follow the links here. 

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Tangaroa Fish Market Coming Soon To CC

Looks like a New Zealand-themed restaurant/market concept is under construction at 12604 Washington Blvd. in Culver City, across from A-Frame. Named after the Maori god of the sea, Tangaroa Fish Market & Raw Bar will focus on a seafood-centric offering in its market and casual restaurant, but will also feature local farmers’ markets produce,  artisan cheeses, breads, tapenades, New Zealand and local wines, beers, and sake according to their still-developing website.  No word on an opening date, but I’ll keep my eye on it…

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