Casa Martin Expands To The Third Street Promenade

Loteria Grill abruptly vacated its prime Downtown Santa Monica location at 1251 3rd St Promenade back in late 2016.  Since then, the space has sat vacant.  But that’s about to change.  Ocean Avenue’s humble tourist crowd pleaser Casa Martin is opening a branch at the location, at least according to a recently posted ABC application.  No business name is listed, so I’ll keep watching for more details…

 

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Sweetgreen Coming To Montana Ave?

If you follow this blog regularly, then you know how much I love to uncover stories from scraps of evidence.  But I have to give credit where credit is due…  I’ve been watching the new construction on the north side of Montana Ave. in Santa Monica, between 15th and 16th streets where an old parking lot used to sit, but I couldn’t uncover any concrete proposals for the site.  Then I heard from reader Patricia, who had caught wind of a rumor that the space was being converted into a branch of the popular purveyor of salads and bowls, Sweetgreen, which I couldn’t verify.  So Patricia went to work.  On an easily overlooked document for another Montana rental, she spotted Sweetgreen listed at that location, appearing to confirm the rumor.  (Don’t ask me how she found it, but it’s definitely there on page 6).  So while I still can’t prove it, Sweetgreen looks likely headed for Montana Ave.  The real story here is that detective work.  Brava Patricia!

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Musha Closes In Downtown Santa Monica

I recently noticed that long-standing local fave Japanese bolthole Musha Tokyo Cuisine has quit its Downtown Santa Monica location at 424 Wilshire Blvd.  The windows are covered over and the restaurant appears to be undergoing renovation.  I originally wondered if they were remodeling since there is no for lease sign on the front.  But Yelp is reporting them closed and their website isn’t functioning, so I’m assuming the worst.  Let me know if you have any information, but I’ll keep watching…

 

 

Poké Bar Joins Forces With Cherry On Top In Culver City

Self-serve frozen yogurt experts Cherry On Top opened back in 2014 in their corner spot at 12350 Washington Pl. in Culver City.  In addition to icy treats, they’ve now added Hawaiian bowls to the menu.  An outpost of Poké Bar is now up and running inside the location.  During their grand opening from July 12th through the 14th, you get 50% off all purchases.