W XYZ Bar Heads To El Segundo

It looks like El Segundo will soon be home to a branch of W XYZ Bar, the signature bar of the Aloft Hotels chain that is currently under construction at 475 N. Sepulveda.  Look for a menu of “specialty cocktails”, a “snack-attack” menu, and “sassy dj mixes”.  According to the website, the new Aloft El Segundo will be up and running on April 12th, 2016.



Wellfed Landing Soon In Playa Vista

Remember back in October when I first noticed a sign on the front of 13020 W. Pacific Promenade #7 in Playa Vista informing us that Great Food was soon heading our way?  Well, construction is fast and furious on a build-out of what will soon be Wellfed.  Recently, I had a chance to chat with the owners.  While they’re still working out all the details, here’s what I can tell you.  The new owner operated gastropub will feature an open kitchen dishing up a creative market-driven California/Asia menu.  The concept here is fast/casual served over a super snazzy monkeypod wood wrap-around countertop.  The vibe at Wellfed will be chill with a serious emphasis on food.  And they’ve scored a chef with serous cred although I’m not at liberty to divulge.  While beer and wine are still a few months away, they’re shooting for a December 21st opening.  We wish them the best of luck.



Arclight Cinemas Opens Today In SMP With A Café And Full Bar

Back in January I told you that signs on the construction site of the new Arclight Cinemas, being constructed out of thin air atop Bloomingdale’s, indicated that the new theater would feature a café and full bar.  Well, now the wait for a boozy movie is over.  Arclight Cinemas opens today (November 20th) in Santa Monica Place and the posters declare that you can take your drink into the theater with you.  Cheers!


Lemonade (Finally) Opens In Santa Monica: Moving Into The Bay Area

Did that take a long time or what?  Last Winter, I told you about the signs in the window announcing that a branch of Lemonade was taking over the old Rockenwagner space at 311 Arizona Ave. in Santa Monica.  Originally, the optimistic purveyor of “seasonal California comfort food”, innocent to the workings of the City of Santa Monica, had planned for a Spring opening.  That obviously didn’t happen.  But all that’s behind us now.  Lemonade threw open its doors yesterday, November 17.  Incidentally, the bright and cheery expanding brand appears poised to move into the Bay Area, according to their website.


Bowl Of Heaven Coming Soon To Santa Monica

Back in early August, I noticed that the new Elevon complex in El Segundo was getting a branch of superfood chain Bowl of Heaven.  At the time, I also pointed out that their website indicated that Santa Monica was to land a branch as well.  And now we know where… Papers are up in the window of the space at 725 Broadway announcing the upcoming arrival. They’re still in the construction phase so I don’t know when they intend on opening, but until then, you can check out Bowl of Heaven’s menu of acai bowls, smoothies, and juices  here.



American Tea Room Closes In BH For Renovation; Expands Into Newport Beach

Beverly Hill’s preeminent purveyor of all things tea has closed down for a major redo.  American Tea Room at 401 N. Canon Drive is covered with plywood and large banners indicating that the facelift will be complete sometime in 2016.  Until then, check out their new Downtown LA location or follow the progress of their upcoming Newport Beach location here.