Panini Café To Take Over The Fraiche Space In Santa Monica

I’ve long known that something was taking over the old star-crossed Fraiche space at 312 Wilshire Blvd. in Downtown Santa Monica.  But for whatever reason, it has taken a ridiculously long time.  Well, construction has finally begun, and an ABC application posted high above the door indicates that a branch of Panini Café will soon occupy the troubled address.

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Pizza Antica Closes After Labor Day In SMP

Sadly, the sputtering food scene that is the third floor of Santa Monica Place is about to produce another casualty.  According to a spokesperson, after a 6 year run, Pizza Antica will permanently shut down the ovens the day after Labor Day, September 5th.  (That means your last day for the Tuesday half-priced wine deal will be August 30th.)  No word on what may take its place, and if you’ve grown fond of their seasonal salads and crispy pies, you’ll have to travel a bit as all their other locations are in the Bay Area.

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SpireWorks Bringing Turkish Döner To Westwood Village Soon

This took a bit of digging…  I recently noticed that an ABC application was pasted on the front of yet another big build-out just a short distance from the upcoming Nushii, at 1061 Broxton, the old Five Guys space.  No business name is listed.  Likewise, the online application lists no business name either, so I tried a search on the applicant.  Turns out, Dignified Foods International LLC has another ABC application pending in Eagle Rock.  And on that application they list the restaurant name as SpireWorks.  A search for SpireWorks reveals a statement on LinkedIn that describes it as a build-your-own eatery with a focus on Turkish Döner, or spit roasted meats served with bread and toppings.  Finally, their website doesn’t divulge much, but it does confirm that they are aiming to open this Fall in Westwood, and this Winter in Eagle Rock.

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Nushii Set To Bring Sushi To Westwood Soon…

It looks like “something big” is coming to Westwood Village soon, to the old Le Pain Quotidien space at 1055 Broxton Ave. to be exact.  What appears to be an extensive build-out will soon be the home of Nushii.  The still developing website doesn’t give us much of a clue as to what type of restaurant Nushii will be, but The Daily Bruin informs us that sushi will be on the menu.

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