NC’s Jazz Shack Swings Into Santa Monica

I’ve been watching the commodious space at 1413 5th St. in Downtown Santa Monica ever since its longstanding tenant, Wokcano, disappeared about a year ago.  It finally looks like a new venture is moving in.  An ABC application recently went up announcing the impending arrival of NC’s Jazz Shack.  I can’t seem to find much information out there on NC’s, but I’ll keep watching…

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Ladurée X Matthew Kenney Takes Beverly Hills By Storm

Here’s some eyebrow-raising news…  Beverly Hills’ branch of chic Parisian patisserie Ladurée, in an astonishing feat of vegan ingenuity, has recently gone 100% plant based!  The collaboration with plant-based superstar Matthew Kenney has produced Ladurée X Matthew Kenney, the first of its kind in the world.  One the menu?  Standards such as Ladurée benedict, French onion soup, croquet monsieur, and salade niçoise.  And in case you’re wondering, the pastries, viennoiseries, cakes, and macarons (now including hemp flavor) are all there in full glory.  According to the website, the collab is being extended to other locations throughout the world as well. 

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Free Market Coming To Playa Vista

Plywood recently went up on a big chunk of Runway Playa Vista announcing the arrival of something called Free Market.  The retail and restaurant scene in Playa Vista has been sputtering for some time now.  According to this LA Times article, in an effort boost the area, Runway will soon be closed to cars and turned into a pedestrian mall.  Free Market is being described as a complex that will include a “mix of small stores and restaurants”.  I’ll keep watching to see what develops…

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Manhattan Village’s New Eateries…

You may know that Manhattan Village, the shopping center on the corner of Rosecrans and Sepulveda in Manhattan Beach, is undergoing a major over-haul including adding new buildings and outdoor walkways…  and new restaurants as well.  I’ve already told you about Mercado (already open), and upcoming Urban Plates.  But as you can see at least three more are announced:  A branch of Edoardo Baldi’s coffee and nibbles bar Edo Little Bites, Dan Modern Chinese (which still hasn’t opened in Westwood), and Joey Restaurants are all on their way.

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What’s Going On At Mizu 212 on Sawtelle?

A reader (Thanks SG!) sent me concerns about Sawtelle’s cavernous temple to shabu-shabu Mizu 212.  A hastily written note taped to the front door says they are closed for remodeling.  Nothing has been touched inside for a bit now, and… well, hopefully I’m wrong, but we’ve seen this before.  I’ll let you know if anything changes.

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Eddie V’s Bringing Unmistakable Elegance To El Segundo

With locations scattered across the US, it looks like an upscale seafood restaurant is making its first inroad into LA County.  Banners are up on the fencing surrounding the renovation at 2101 Rosecrans in El Segundo announcing the impending arrival of Eddie V’s Prime Seafood.  If you recall a while ago, the location used to be home to a branch of McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & SteaksEddie V’s is a brand of parent company Darden Restaurants Inc. whose other brands include Olive GardenThe Capital Grille, and Yard House as well.  Expect the “finest seafood and steaks”, “world-class wine”, and live jazz all served with “unmistakable elegance”.

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What’s Going On In Westwood Village?

If you follow this blog, then you know about Westwood Village’s recent alarming deluge of restaurant closures.  Add two more to the list:  El Pollo Loco has vanished from its location at 1081 Gayley, and for all intents and purposes Coco Fresh Tea & Juice has stopped functioning.  If you have any information on why the sudden exodus of eateries, let me know…

(Thanks Ivy for the tips!)

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