Doma Kitchen Moves From Manhattan Beach To Marina Del Rey

Recently I told you about the move of Johnny Memphis’ Smokehouse from its location in the Manhattan Village Shopping Center to Downtown El Segundo.  A reader was quick to let me know that the move was necessary to make room for the upcoming expansion of the mall.  One other casualty was the popular Eastern European restaurant Doma Kitchen (the name means “home” in Slavic), that sat just to the right of Johnny Memphis’.  But the plucky little eatery isn’t done yet…  They have indeed pulled up stakes in Manhattan Beach, but they’ve landed in a brand new location.  Doma Kitchen is now open in Marina del Rey in the Villa Marina Marketplace at 4325 Glencoe Ave. #8.



Chik-fil-A Comes To MDR

For some reason that I don’t entirely comprehend, a great many of you are BIG fans of Chik-fil-A.  Well then, here’s some welcome news for those of you that count yourselves in that group:  Signs recently went up on the old defunct Del Taco at 4050 Lincoln Blvd. (just south of Washington) announcing that the structure is being converted into a branch of the popular poultry purveyor.  No word on an opening date yet, so y’all will just have to wait…


Buca Di Beppo Gives Up The Ghost In Santa Monica

I recently noticed that after a long run at 1442 2nd St., Santa Monica’s branch of the kitschy old school Italian chain Buca di Beppo has finally pulled up stakes.  I didn’t see this coming and I’m not sure what happened.  I’ll keep my eye on the space to see what the future holds, and in the mean time, if you find yourself craving ginormous portions of red sauce pasta, you can locate one of their other branches here.



Spumoni Back In Action On Montana Ave. With A New Look… And A New Wood-fired Pizza Oven!

Popular neighborhood restaurant Spumoni, at 713 Montana Ave. in Santa Monica, ran into a spot of trouble a little over a year ago when a car crashed into the next door Café de Paris and sparked a fire that shut the Italian eatery down.  Rising from the ashes, Spumoni threw open its doors last night (Tuesday) for the first time since the fire.  Having taken over the Café de Paris space, the plucky always-crowded café is now larger with an extensive remodel.  The feel is still cozy and friendly, with a dining room bedecked in warm wood paneling.  You’ll continue to find many of the classics on the menu, but if you haven’t thought about Spumoni as a destination in a while, it might be time to reconsider.  They built a spiffy wood-fired pizza oven brought from Napoli and flew in a pizza expert, Pizzaiolo Massimo Caso to serve some the crispest (perhaps best) Neapolitan-style pies anywhere in this neck of the woods.  We wish them the best of luck.




Sugar Mama’s Gourmet Cupcakes Landing On Melrose…

Back in February, I told you about the closure of all the branches of Orchard Flats Juicery.  It appears that their erstwhile location at 7970 Melrose Ave. has found a new tenant.  Papered-over windows and a notice on the door informs us that the space will soon be an outlet of Hollywood’s fave online delivery expert Sugar Mama’s Gourmet Cupcakes.  It looks like Chef Elizabeth Gousse will start churning out the sugary treats sometime this November.