New “Café/Market” Coming Soon To Venice…

Thanks to a tip from a reader, I investigated the ABC application posted in the window of the now-defunct mini-mart just to the right of Piccolo at 9 Dudley Ave. in Venice.  Whatever is taking over appears to be a new restaurant that is billing itself as a “café/market” and will be serving beer and wine.  Hard to imagine what’s coming to the tiny space, but the applicant is listed as Dudley Market and according to the conditional use application, there will be a full-service restaurant with only 20 seats as well as a “gourmet market”.  Dudley Market is more than likely a working name, so we’ll have to keep watching to find out more…




Yet Another Boozy Theater!

I think the finger is out of the dyke on this one…  With more and more movie theaters on the Westside either redesigning themselves with food and drink menus or being built with restaurants comes news of one more to join the stampede:  It appears that the dusty AMC Santa Monica 7 on the corner of 3rd and Arizona is getting a remodel.  And according to the advertisements on the fencing outside, they’ll soon be offering beer, wine, and cocktails to the bill of fare as well as reclining chairs.  Not sure if they’ll have food service like the Marina AMC, but I’ll keep watching…



Bo Nuage Set To Enchant The Westside With A New Beverly Hills Location

Melrose’s darling little charmer Bo Nuage appears poised to descend upon Beverly Hills in a pink cloud of confectionary magic very soon. I recently noticed that the Parisian-themed purveyor of meringues and cakes is taking over the old Shoe Wiz storefront at 9523 Santa Monica Blvd (near Rodeo).  No word on when this little chunk of fabulousness will be open, only that they’re predicting some time this year.  Until that enchanting day, read more about them here and in this interview in Eater LA. 



Don Chuys Authentic Mexican Restaurant Joining The Mad Dash To Feed Playa Vista

With all the development under construction along Jefferson Blvd. in Playa Vista, we shouldn’t be surprised that a new influx of savvy restaurateurs are rushing in to feed the new neighborhood.  The latest to join their ranks?  With one location on Washington Place in LA, banners stretched across the strip mall on the southwest corner of the intersection of Jefferson and Mesmer indicate that Don Chuys Authentic Mexican Restaurant is expanding south.  The family-owned restaurant offers a hand-crafted menu in the style of Leon Guanajuato, Mexico that you can read more about here. 



“Estate 1519″ Coming Soon To SM

The space at 1519 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica has sat vacant for an extremely long time.  For those with excellent memories, the space was built for Cinch restaurant and after that failed, The Parlor took over but went under after complaints from the neighbors.  It’s been empty since about 2010.  Well all that is about to change.  Construction is underway and a new ABC license has posted indicating that we will soon see a new inhabitant.  The license names the applicant as Estate 1519, but that’s probably just a working name. I can’t seem to uncover any information and the construction people have no clue, so we may have to wait to see what’s actually coming.  Hopefully it won’t take long…





Hold On! There’s More To The eLOVate Story!

After I posted yesterday about the impending opening of yet another health food restaurant at 1705 Ocean Ave. in Santa Monica, I could almost hear people collectively rolling their eyes.  But there’s a lot more buzz to this story…   I quickly heard from sources that I wasn’t in possession of all the facts.  Turns out, eLOVate isn’t going to be some run-of-the-mill kale and quinoa joint, already so ubiquitous in Santa Monica.  Rather, eLOVate will be the flagship restaurant for TV personality, cookbook author, and personal chef-to-the-stars Roberto Martin.  Probably most famous for cooking for Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, the passionate vegan chef is best known for American comfort food designed to please carnivores.  And while no menu has been announced, glancing at his cookbook, I think we might expect such things as: southern fried chick’n; mac and cheese; tofu crab cakes; and chick’n and mole tamales.  They’re shooting for a spring opening, but until then, read more about Chef Roberto’s vision in this Ecorazzi article.


eLOVate Coming Soon To SM…

Looks like a brand spankin’ new venture, eLOVate, is coming soon to 1705 Ocean Ave. Suite 111 (but actually the space faces Olympic equidistant between the new Starbucks and upcoming and highly anticipated Joan’s on Third) in Santa Monica.  Not much information on eLOVate out there yet, except an ABC application that you can check out here.  Judging by the window display, I’m guessing the new restaurant will serve some manner of healthy food.  They’re promising a Spring opening, but I’ll keep my eye on it.