Menya Musashi Landing On Sawtelle

Ramen competition on Sawtelle is fierce…  Add one more to the mix.  A large banner over the space at 2012 Sawtelle Blvd. lets us know that a new noodle joint is on the way.  Hailing from Shijuku and named after a 17th century samurai, international chain Menya Musashi will soon be dishing their signature ramen and tonkotsu broth.

 

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4 Jems Opening A Restaurant In Santa Monica

It appears that something new is coming the space that used to house the second incarnation of Books and Cookies at 2309 Main St. in Santa Monica, at least according to a recently posted ABC application.  The application lists the applicant as 4 Jems Restaurants LLC, but omits an actual business name.  An online search yields links to buzzy Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken in LA.  So, I guess we’ll have to wait and see what develops.  Let me know if you have any information…

 

 

Redstraw Bringing Fusion Style Tea To Century City

I recently noticed fresh plywood covering the space next to upcoming Honeymee on the second floor of the Westfield Century City Shopping Center.  It appears that a new startup, Redstraw Tea Bar, is joining the still-developing lengthy list of new food and drink establishments.  On offer? According to their website, look for “fusion style tea with a variety of toppings”.  They are shooting for a summer opening.

 

Panera Bread Closes In Westwood

On a tip from a reader (Thanks Steve), I went by to check out what was going on at Westwood’s branch of sandwich chain Panera Bread.  A large space available sign on the front confirms that they have indeed vacated the location at 1145 Westwood Blvd.  Not sure what happened, although I can’t help but wonder if stiff competition from their ever popular neighbor Ike’s had something to do with it.  I’ll keep watching to see what may develop…

 

 

The Dudes’ Brewing Company Now Open In Santa Monica

Back in August of last year, I told you about a sign of hope in the risky restaurant scene on the third floor of Santa Monica Place.  An ABC application let us know that Torrance’s The Dudes’ Brewing Company was taking over the commodious space once occupied by Pizza Antica.  So, for all you who have been patiently waiting and checking for updates, I deliver this happy news: The Dudes’ officially opened its doors last week and is now supplying craft-brewed suds and pizza to the good people of Santa Monica.

 

CrepeMaker Done, The Market Converts Into A Museum In Santa Monica Place

Still more signs of trouble for the consistently sputtering food scene in Santa Monica Place.  It appears that another of the concessions on the third floor has disappeared.  CrepeMaker has unceremoniously vacated its food court location.  In other news…  If you were hopeful that the failed The Market space might return with the promise of a new food venture, I’m afraid your hopes are about to be dashed on the rocks.  In case you haven’t heard,  the space is being converted into the Zimmer Children’s Museum, at least according to the new window displays.  Perhaps the Dudes’ Brewing Company, currently under construction, will breathe new life into the third floor.