Late last year I told you about the exit of popular burger joint Cowabunga Republic from it’s tiny spot at 2912 Main St. in Santa Monica. Now it looks like a new eatery is willing to give the space a go. A banner on the front is announcing that something called Edobox is on the way. I’ve attempted to reach them but have so far been unsuccessful, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see what will be on offer.
The below-the-radar bolthole Viva Vegan appears to be no more. While there’s still a note on the front door saying that they are temporarily closed, as you can see there are two prominent for lease signs across the front of their location at 1028 Wilshire. This will be a sad loss for the devoted followers of their signature plant-based food.
The emporium of all things culinary, Sur La Table looks like it is set to close at 301 Wilshire Blvd. There’s a giant banner across the front announcing the sad news. This particular branch has long been the go-to for local cooks needing just the right size springform pan or imported dijon and will be sadly missed.
And finally, this last bit of news about the coming attractions to the new development in Marina Del Rey… It almost appears that Downtown Santa Monica is cloning itself in the Marina: The latest to join the list of new eateries is none other that Jonathon Gold’s fave Italian restaurant Uovo, which is opening a location at 4635 Admiraly Way Suite 105. You may recall that the diminutive Santa Monica bolthole has a cult-like following due to their expertly sauced pasta that is flown in daily from Bologna. Along with Kazu Nori and HiHo Cheeseburger, the dining scene in The Marina is about to get a whole lot more interesting.
The other day I told you about a new Kazu Nori moving into the massive development along Admiralty in Marina Del Rey. It’s about to get neighbor… An ABC application is up announcing a new branch of HiHo Cheeseburger will be arriving to 4625 Admiralty Suite 109 soon. This will be the third branch for the minichain known for their much-admired “100% grass-fed and 100% grass-finished Wagyu” burgers.
We’re beginning to get details about what’s coming to that giant new development that’s been slowly arising along the west side of Admiralty in Marina Del Rey. An ABC application has just gone up announcing that one of the new eateries will be a branch of hand roll experts Kazu Nori at 4635 Admiralty, suite 107. Expect more details soon…
If you’ve been wondering about that neon pink cow-like creature covering the window at 1432 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice, it appears that your wait is about to be over. Pudu Pudu looks like they’re close to opening and is promising us a “flavor adventure to transform pudding into edible art” using “locally sourced organic milk and health-boosting superfoods”. Yes, pudding… But wait, this pudding comes with a pedigree. Pudu Pudu is a project of the Dr. Oetker Hospitality Group. Does the name Dr. Oetker sound familiar? Dr. Oetker is the German megabrand that is on those baked goods mixes in Cost Plus World Market, as well as other stores. It has been supplying bakers since the late 19th Century, so there are some serious dessert bona fides here. We wish them the best of luck.
Sadly, it appears that plant-based food folks Cultured Creamery have decided to throw in the towel. Notices are up in the window of their location at 828 Pico announcing their closing sale this weekend. We certainly wish them the best of luck.
The Golden Triangle in general, and S. Santa Monica Blvd. in particular, have long been tricky locations for restaurants, but the current COVID crisis appears to be accelerating the departures. Panini Kabob Grill stood like a sentinel on the corner of Camden and S. Santa Monica, and was a popular lunch destination. But sadly, a large for lease sign now indicates that they have indeed permanently thrown in the towel at this location.
It’s really refreshing to hear of a restaurant opening at this bleak time of closures. A devoted reader (Thanks T!) let me know that there’s a new eatery that just opened in Topanga, in the space at 123 S Topanga Canyon Blvd. that Rocco’s In The Canyon called home for years. Endless Color is now serving a variety of organic pizzas that are being described by T as “thin, chewy crust perfectly browned”. Also on the menu are salads, beer, wine, sake, and hard kombucha. We wish them the best of luck.
It appears that Santa Monica’s branch of Steak ‘N Shake has abandonned any hope of returning to pre-COVID life as usual. While their website still lists them as temporarily closed, their location at 1455 Third St. Promenade is gutted and a large for lease sign in the window says they’ve no plans to reopen. Their departure leaves a cavernous hole in the Downtown Santa Monica food scene. I’ll keep my eye on the space to see if there will be any takers…
Amorino Gelato brought a certain frisson to The Golden Triangle when it opened late in 2014 at 9605 S. Santa Monica Blvd. Sadly, it appears the Parisian superstar of icy treats has vacated the cavernous location. A large for lease sign confirms the news that is sure to be a blow to its devoted fans. I’ll keep my eye on the space to see what develops.
I looks like the hungry aerospace employees in El Segundo have a new food option. PCH Mexican Grill & Seafood is now open in the shopping center at 831 N Douglas St. Expect a menu of burritos, bowls, quesadillas, and salads. An ABC application in the window indicates that beer and wine are soon on the way as well. We wish them the best of luck.
While I’m not quite sure when it happened, it appears that something has moved into the former home of Beaming at 1426 Montana Ave. in Santa Monica. The location now sports a sign that declares Discovery Bar by Earthbar as the new resident. Expect a “healthy holistic supply” of vitamins, lattes, bowls, juices, smoothies, and grab-and-go meals.
On a tip from a reader (Thanks Rhonda!), I went by the shopping mall on the corner of Palisades Dr. and Sunset in Pacific Palisades to see what was going on. Sadly, it appears that popular neighborhood eatery Taste has completely disappeared from its location at 538 Palisades Dr. I’m not certain about the other location on Melrose in West Hollywood. If you have any more information, let me know…
Update: See comment below for info on the Melrose Taste.
I heard from a deeply saddened reader (Sorry RK…) that innovative java shop Balconi Coffee Company had permanently closed its doors at 11301 W Olympic Blvd. #124. Sure enough, the space is gutted and there’s a gracious note affixed to the front (that you can also read here) explaining their reasoning. Apparently, Balconi was a pioneer in the use of the siphon method for making coffee. All is not lost though, the note promises that they are looking for a “safe time and location to reopen” and in the mean time they will be doing pop-ups and event collaborations. We wish them the best of luck…
We all wait with bated breath for Los Angeles’ branch of celebrated Italian emporium Eataly to return to its pre-COVID glory. I’m told, however, that there will be at least one significant change. One of the signature restaurants, Il Pesce Cucina, is apparently being axed. The replacement? Sources say the new eatery is being described as “Mediterranean”. Here’s hoping we can explore it ourselves soon…
The marquis with the mustachioed chef announced Iranian restaurant Javan for many years at 11500 Santa Monica Blvd. Then Javan transformed into another Persian eatery Safir, which closed last fall. But apparently all is not lost for the plucky purveyor of Persian food. Notices are taped to the windows triumphantly declaring that “Javan is back”. What that looks like exactly, I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
With so much bad news lately, it’s refreshing to see plucky new restaurants chancing the uncertain times. With locations up and down California, Taiwan fruit tea experts Yi Fang have recently opened at 2010 Sawtelle in Sawtelle Japantown. Expect a bewildering array of choices that includes besides fruit tea, tea latte, milk tea, “salty cream”, Yakult tea, and other traditional drinks. We wish them the best of luck.
It was only back in June when I told you about the sad disappearance of popular gelato spot Grom from its location at 3888 Cross Creek Rd. in Malibu. Wasting no time whatsoever, a new caffeine and icy treat shop has sprung up in Grom‘s former digs. Electrically named Joules & Watts Coffee recently opened and is offering their proprietary specialty weekly-roasted coffee as well as ice cream. We wish them the best of luck…