Açaí Nation Replaces Mrs. Field’s In Brentwood

The açaí craze continues its inexorable march across the Westside…  I recently noticed that something new had crept into the microscopic spot that used to house long-time resident Mrs. Field’s Cookies at 11740 San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood.  Now, instead of sugary treats, you can (rather ironically) stock up on superfoods.  With one location in Pacific Palisades, Açaí Nation had quietly slipped into the space and offers a menu of bowls and smoothies that you can read more about here. 



Flights Craft Beers + Sports Grill Coming In For A Landing Soon In Hawthorne

Could this be an indication that the El Segundo/Manhattan Beach food scene is pushing east?  Looking somewhat out-of-place, I just notices that a new, sleek sports grill is going into a spot in a strip mall in a particularly bleak section of Hawthorne just to the east of the 405 at 5119 W. El Segundo Blvd.  What appears to be a fairly extensive build-out will soon house Flights Craft Beers + Sports Grill, which promises 40 different fresh beers on tap and a menu composed of such things as poutine, hefeweizen cheddar cheese fondue, and a variety of sliders.  Looks like they’re shooting for a February opening.  In the mean time, check out their website here.




Lyfe Kitchen Landing In Playa Vista; Yet Another Theater With A Restaurant And Bar!

Looks like there will be plenty of opportunities for new restaurants in the giant developments at Playa Vista, along Jefferson Blvd.  One of the first to post their ABC application is the healthy eco-chain Lyfe Kitchen at 12746 W. Jefferson which not-so-coincidentally is also the location of the new Century Theatres complex.  And we can tell from their posted ABC application, Century Theatres intends on having a “general eating place” that serves alcohol as well, joining the other new theaters being built on the Westside that will also have restaurants including the new Arclight in Santa Monica, and the remodeled Laemmle in Santa Monica.




Coco Fresh Tea & Juice Coming Very Soon To Westwood

Last November, I told you about the closure of the waffle shop Honeymade at 10912 Le Conte Ave. in Westwood.  We now know what will be replacing it.  With a smattering of locations across LA and New York, looks like Taiwan-based Coco Fresh Tea & Juice is quickly settling in.  I’m not sure when they plan on opening, but it appears that they’re very close.  Look for a menu of fruit tea, boba, milk tea, smoothies, and slushes.


Veggie Grill Rolls Out Its New “Mindful Living” Menu

Just in time for all those flagging New Year’s resolutions, Veggie Grill has rolled out its new “Mindful Living” menu.  The concept is a focus on items that are “lower in calories, high in protein, nutrient dense, energy packed, and flavor-full”.  Included are:  banh mi salad, tres chickin’ tacos + black beans, chargrilled veggie + penne salad, and many more choices that you can read about here.   



The New Arclight Cinemas In SMP Will Feature A Bar And Café

The brand-spanking new Arclight Cinemas being built directly on top of Bloomingdale’s in the Santa Monica Place will feature its signature café and full bar according to the posters covering the plywood.  Thus between the new café and the upcoming Cheesecake Factory, diners will be spoiled for choice on the formerly struggling third floor of the mall.  Who knows? Maybe even the stagnant The Market might get new lifeblood…  Look for a Fall 2015 opening.