Many of you were in shock when I first told you about the disappearance of beloved Japanese restaurant Musha at 424 Wilshire Blvd. in Downtown Santa Monica. Now it looks like a new tenant is going to give the diminutive space a go. A new ABC application is posted on the front. It doesn’t give much information, just an applicant name of Office Luck USA. There is no business name listed. I can’t locate anything on Office Luck, likewise the officer named on the application doesn’t reveal any insight. If you have any more information, let me know…
It was back in 2015 when I first told you about the buzzy arrival of Swedish pizza to the Santa Monica food scene. Reds Pizza has made a valiant four-year run of it at 707 Pico Blvd., but sadly it appears that they have thrown in the towel. I’m not quite sure when it happened, but the storefront is boarded over. There’s no clear indication of what may take over the space, but I’ll keep watching.
Santa Monica is about to get a whole lot sweeter… It wasn’t that long ago that I told you about the disappearance of Beach City Creamery (formerly Beachy Cream) from its address at 1209 Wilshire. Paper is now up on the windows telling us about another treat shop moving in. With one location in the Arts District Downtown, it looks like Broadway Baker is taking over the space. And what’s on offer? Known for their gift boxes, Broadway Baker prides itself on hand crafted, all natural premium baked good from three generations of family recipes, including their salted caramel brownies, once prominently featured in O, The Oprah Magazine.
Everyone’s fave grocery store Trader Joe’s is expanding its footprint on the Westside. I’ve been watching all the new construction along Admiralty in Marina del Rey to see what may develop. A large notice attached to the fence around the new building on the corner of Admiralty and Mindanao Way lets us know that this will soon be a branch of TJ’s. Don’t forget that there’s a brand new one going up on Wilshire and 23rd in Santa Monica as well. The Beach Communities will be spoiled for choice…
I looks like the people behind Lemonade have a new project in mind for the troubled Runway Apartments Play Vista complex. According to the signs, one cavernous space is being kitted out to accommodate something called Bull & Butterfly. They are billing this as a reimagined wood-fired steakhouse. The signs say they are shooting for a Fall opening.
Burgerim continues its march to world domination… Signs are up on the space at 831 N. Douglas in El Segundo announcing an impending branch of Israeli chain Burgerim. I don’t know exactly when the Lilliputian burgers will start flowing, but they look like they’re close.
Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman is spreading his signature brand of confectionary good news to El Segundo. Window paper is up on a space in the back development of Plaza El Segundo (730F S. Allied Way) announcing that a branch of Duff’s Cake Mix is on the way. And what is Duff’s Cake Mix? According to their website, they are a “do-it-yourself cake and cupcake decorating studio” for parties of one to twelve, as well as for classes, hosting corporate events, and other special occasions.