I didn’t see this coming… But it appears that my go-to place for last-minute holiday gifts has given up the ghost. Vosges Haut-Chocolat is now closed at 311 N. Beverly Dr. in Beverly Hills. No word on if they plan on opening elsewhere or what will replace the chocolatier, but I’ll keep watching…
It looks like the very last holdout in the push to serve alcohol in Downtown Santa Monica’s theaters will also soon be serving booze according to the conditional use application posted on the front of the building. Loews Broadway 4 theater at 1441 3rd Street Promenade is currently closed for renovation. But when it re-opens, fortunate movie patrons will be able to toast to Jurassic Park 18 with a bit of hooch. Cheers!
Expanding Mexican chain Benny’s Tacos has quietly slipped into the space left behind by the departed The Slice pizza joint at 915 Wilshire Blvd. Recognizable by their large-eyed mascot who adorns their ubiquitous catering trucks, Benny’s Tacos offers a menu composed of the usual suspects (burritos, tacos, quesadillas), as well as breakfasts, salads, rotisserie chicken, and vegetarian options. Check out more about their menu and read more here.
With so few places to dine at the ocean’s edge in LA, one of the loveliest spots to meander through a leisurely lunch is surely the elegant Malibu Beach Inn. A source recently told me that the restaurant in the Malibu Beach Inn at 22878 Pacific Coast Highway is about to get a major overhaul. Not long ago, the Inn changed hands and the new owners are looking to upgrade, perhaps due to the fact that they may be facing stiff competition from the upcoming Nobu Ryokan just down the street. Many of the changes will be cosmetic and the ocean front patio will be enlarged. They are also (finally) adding a place to store wine. They will remain open during construction.
Ah Summertime, when one’s thoughts turn to the beach, balmy evenings, picnics, and… quinoa. At least that’s what popular vegan chain Veggie Grill wants us to think about. Every year about this time, they debut their new Summer menu items. Here’s this year’s list: Grilled Quinoa + Veg Burger, Mediterranean Toss with House ‘Feta’, Sonoran Summer Bowl, Haricots Verts with House-made lemon tahini dressing, and Chargrilled Street Corn. Read more about their Summer menu and find locations here.
As you may know, the old Yankee Doodles space at 1410 Third St. Promenade in Santa Monica has sat vacant since a fire closed the sports bar back in 2013. Last month I noticed new signs of life but couldn’t come up with specific details. But recently, an artist’s rendering posted on the front of the space appears to spill the beans that the new tenant will be Bruxie Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches. With several locations mostly to the South and East of LA, Bruxie is known for breakfasts and sandwiches served between their signature waffles, sort of like a panini according to their website. But they also offer salads, frozen custard, sundaes, and floats. Check out their website and learn more here.
Back in April of 2014 I told you that the decrepit food hall at 1315 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica was destined for a make-over. Work has finally begun and all of the restaurants (McDonald’s, Chinese Gourmet Express, The Candy Baron, Sushi Shogun, etc.) that had previously occupied the space except for Subway (that you now have to enter through a sleazy back alley entrance) have now closed. Not sure which one’s will be returning but I’ll keep watching…