Having completed its relocation from Westwood Blvd., Taha Hookah Lounge and Café opened over the weekend in its new digs at 12340 Santa Monica Blvd. (near Bundy) in West LA. As well as the smoky treats implied by the name, Taha will also be serving a menu of casual Middle Eastern and is open until 4:00am. Check out their Yelp page here.
Here’s what I know for certain: The Laemmle Theater at 1332 Second Street in Santa Monica is about to undergo a (long overdue) remodel and the gussied-up new picture house will contain a restaurant just inside the lobby. Here’s what I’m less sure of: I’m told by theater staff that the new restaurant will be named La Dolce Vita as indicated by the rendering of the new building below. La Dolce Vita would be a fitting name as it is a nod to the famous Fellini film, however the staff told me the new restaurant would be French influenced. Hmmm… Since it seems highly implausible that a French restaurant would be called La Dolce Vita, I’m afraid we’ll just have to wait for more details. The theater will close down in mid-May and plans on re-opening in December.
I just noticed that the outpost of Yummy Cupcakes at 220 26th St. in Brentwood/Santa Monica, across from the Brentwood Country Mart has closed down and is boarded over to make room for a branch of the designer swimwear store Everything But Water. If you can’t bear the thought of living without their signature cupcake in a jar, find other locations and read more here.
Have you been wondering what’s been going on at the Avco Center at 10850 Wilshire in Westwood? The space has been undergoing a major renovation to transform it into the luxury iPic Theater. The new complex will include a brand new “artisanal” restaurant, Tanzy. Described as “fresh market Italian”, you can expect an opening about a week after the official opening of the theater on May 2nd. Until then, read more about the Scottsdale-based restaurant here.
It’s been many incarnations over the years, but the 17th St. Cafe/Jack’s on Montana/On Montana space at 1610 Montana Ave. in Santa Monica is about to transform again. The most recent, On Montana will be closing down on July 1st to make way for a brand new Italian restaurant/cheese bar named Formaggio. Brought to you by the people behind Pecorino in Brentwood, they are hoping for a September 1st opening, but this is Santa Monica after all…
A bit farther afield than usual, I got a chance to take a look inside the highly anticipated upcoming Santa Barbara Public Market that’s been under construction for… well, almost forever. Located on the corner of West Victoria and Chapala in Santa Barbara, SBPM looks like it will live up to its comparison to San Francisco’s Ferry Building. The new public market will open any minute (I’m told “Friends and Family” could begin this weekend), and consist of a multitude of individual artisanal food stalls, groceries, and even a brewery including Belcampo Meat Company, Santa Monica Seafood, and local favorite Crazy Good Bread Company. Your staycation just got a whole lot more interesting…
The iconic Veranda at the Georgian Hotel at 1415 Ocean Ave. in Santa Monica is currently getting a remodel. The gussied-up porch is looking to make its debut in about a week according to hotel staff. But whereas in the past it was for hotel guests only, the new space will serve the public, officially making it one of the loveliest places in LA to have a drink with an ocean view.