Charley’s Philly Steaks Coming Soon To The South Bay Galleria

While they recently closed their location in Century City, looks like Charley’s Philly Steaks will soon be opening another branch in the South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach.  (Charley’s Philly Steaks is the same company as Charley’s Grilled Subs, which was the name of the location in the Century City Shopping Center.)  Read more about the sandwich chain and check out their menu here.



Kye’s Superfoods Introduces SM To The “KyeRito”

Wasting no time whatsoever, a new venture is going into the space at 1518 Montana Ave. in Santa Monica that used to house pizza restaurant BricoLA, that only just closed in May.  While I can’t find out a lot of information, the still-developing website and posters in the window seem to indicate that the new restaurant offers “super tasty super foods” that are gluten-free, easily vegan or Paleo, and come in the form of a “KyeRito”, which I’m assuming is a wrap of some sort.  I’ll let you know more as it develops…




Red O Replacing 41 Ocean In SM

First I heard rumors… then a tip from a reader… And now finally confirmation from a spokesperson for 41 Ocean in Santa Monica make it official:  Red O, which was originally reported to have been going into the Ma’Kai space, will instead be taking over  41 Ocean on the corner of Colorado and Ocean in Santa Monica.  41 Ocean, which was the public restaurant for the private lounge in the back, launched in November of last year but never really took off.  Now open only for private events, the space will begin to be developed by Red O in the near future, bringing Rick Bayless’  signature brand of Mexican cuisine to the beach.  No word on any dates, but I’ll keep my eye on it…



Books And Cookies Looks To Reopen In SM

Cookies and Books, the popular purveyor of literary encouragement, children’s parties, and sugary treats that closed down a while ago at 2230 Main St. in Santa Monica is looking to reopen at across the street at 2309 Main, according to announcements posted in the window of the new location.  Looks like they’ll be sharing the block with Rawvolution and Rita’s Italian Ice.  No word on an opening date, but I’m sure loads of local children (and parents) are waiting with bated breath…



Yet Another Starbucks In SM… With Beer & Wine!

Perhaps due to Silicon Beach, coffee houses are rapidly increasing in Santa Monica…  Thanks to a tip from a reader, I ventured over to the check out yet another Starbucks under construction at 1705 Ocean Avenue unit C (but really located in the back of the new Waverly building on the corner of Olympic and Main).  It appears that this Starbucks will be selling beer and wine in addition to lattes, according to the conditional use permit posted in the window.  Located right next to the new Tongva Park, this might be the perfect place to sit with a glass of Ferrari-Carano and try the Starbucks Evenings menu, that you can check out here. 




Starbucks Replacing Tommy’s Burgers In Santa Monica

If you thought that the construction on Tommy’s Original Hamburgers on the corner of Lincoln and Pico indicated a remodel, think again.  Looks like Tommy’s is out and the space is being rebuilt as a brand new Starbucks, giving us further evidence that Santa Monica, and even this bleak section of Lincoln Blvd., is rapidly developing.  Not that surprising, except that the burger stand has anchored that corner for over 20 years.