Chick ‘N’ Ribs Now Closed In SMP

And here again we find ourselves in the midst of “Closure Season”, when the end of Summer beach crowds begin to dwindle and restaurants disappear right in front of our eyes.  There have already been a fair number of recent closings: Elaine’s, Daily Grill, and Manchu Wok.  The latest to join their sad ranks?  Chick ‘N’ Ribs is now closed in the troubled food court of Santa Monica Place.




Elaine’s Bakery & Cafe Now Closed In Brentwood

Knowing all that goes into opening a restaurant, it is never happy news to report a closure.  Sadly, it appears that after being open almost one year, Elaine’s Bakery & Café is now closed at 11677 San Vicente Blvd. Suites 315 & 317 at the top of Brentwood Gardens.  And they wasted no time clearing out by the looks of things.  This leaves two big empty spaces in the Brentwood Gardens, the other being the old Daily Grill space.  (A reader informed me that rumor has it the Daily Grill space will be inhabited by a Mendocino Farms, but I cannot confirm this…)



Taste Of Venice This Sunday…

Mosey on over to the Beach this Sunday, September 14th for the Taste of Venice from 3:00pm to 7:30pm.   Benefiting P.S. Arts and art education, the event gives you an opportunity to rub elbows with various local chefs and sample their wares for a good cause.  Check out the full list of participating chefs and restaurants on the flier below or head on over to the website for tix and more info…




Jackie’s Cookie Connection Now Open In CC

Voted by Family Circle magazine as one of the World’s best, chocolate chip cookies baked by Jacqueline Kamin are apparently favored by Saudi Kings.  And now you can get your hands on some of the sweet treats yourself:  Jackie’s Cookie Connection has opened a kiosk on the first floor of the Century City Shopping Center.  Check out their Facebook page here and read more about the fresh-baked-daily cookies as well as those Saudi Royals…


Starbucks Now Open On Olympic And Main In SM

Interesting how, in Santa Monica, a restaurant can languish for sometimes years awaiting city approval, but a coffee shop opens in minutes…  It was only in mid-July, when I first reported that a new Starbucks was landing on the corner of Main and Olympic in Santa Monica.  The big news here was the new “Starbucks Evenings” concept:  at night, there would be a menu of beer and wine with nibbles.  Wasting no time whatsoever, the new Starbucks is already up and running.  However, they are not serving beer and wine just yet.  They are awaiting approval after the City review hearing last week.  So you’ll just have to wait a bit longer for your flatbread and glass of Ferrari-Carano…




Manchu Wok Disappears From SMP…

Looks like the local branch of Hong Kong-based Manchu Wok has closed up shop in the food court of Santa Monica Place.  If life has now lost its meaning without their signature brand of “fast and fresh Chinese”, you can locate another branch here, although it appears that the nearest one is in Las Vegas.  No word on what may replace it yet…



Dunkin’ Donuts Opening Tuesday… Panic Ensues… Updates!

It’s official:  According to the signs posted in the window over the weekend, LA’s very own Dunkin’ Donuts is set to open at 5:00am on Tuesday, September 2nd at 1132 Wilshire Blvd. (corner of 12th) in Santa Monica.  This will be the first outpost of what appears to be a major expansion into the West Coast.   Look for a menu of breakfast and lunch sandwiches, fetish-inducing coffee, and, well… donuts.



By 8:00pm Monday evening a line began to form…


And by 7:00am Tuesday morning, panic breaks out…News cameras, traffic jams, lines around the block!