“Jolie” Replacing Bareburger On Main St. In Santa Monica

Bareburger quietly slipped out of its space at 2732 Main St. in Santa Monica last month.  Wasting no time, it looks like a new contender is ready to give the capricious Main St. food scene a try.  A new ABC application has already gone up in the window.  The applicant is listed as Jolie LLC and the business name is oddly marked “_._._._ Jolie“.  No idea what this means, and there’s no information out there that I can find, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see…

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Kreation Debuts Kocktails Today In Brentwood

Back in April, I told you about the new Kreation Kafe coming to the old Gaucho Grill location at 11754 San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood.  At the time, I noticed an ABC application on the front, something unusual for the healthy chain better known for their “pressed juices” and “cleanses”.  Kreation Kafe officially opened today at 7am.  (If you rush, you might be lucky enough to be one of the first 100 who will receive free juice.)  But what’s different about this Kreation, is that they will be serving “Kreation Kocktails”, which are made with beer, wine, and their proprietary juice blends and are intended for people who “like to drink healthy but still get buzzed”.  Kale yes!

Socalo: Mary Sue Milliken’s and Susan Feniger’s Triumphant Return To Santa Monica

The corner space at 20th and Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica, in what is currently the Gateway Hotel, has had a rocky past.  First it was an IHOP Then, for a minute, it was Rudy & Hudson California Diner.  Now something exciting is on the way.  An ABC application informs us that a new eatery is intent on moving in, but there’s no business name listed.  There is however a design review notice that shows an artist’s rendering of the new place, and gives it a name:  Socalo.  And according to this article in the Santa Monica Daily Press, Socalo will be none other than Mary Sue Milliken’s and Susan Feniger’s triumphant return to Santa Monica, after the demise of the iconic Border Grill.   I can’t wait.Socalo1.jpgSocalo2.jpg

Interstellar Landing In Downtown Santa Monica

Well that didn’t take long…  Only just a couple of weeks ago, I told you about the disappearance of Air Food from the space at 109 Broadway in Downtown Santa Monica.  Wasting no time whatsoever, a newcomer is moving in.  An ABC application pasted to the front door lets us know that something called Interstellar will soon call this location home.  Not much out there on Interstellar, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see what develops.

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Board & Brush Bringing “Wine And Paint Nights” To Santa Monica

I’m not sure this qualifies as restaurant news, but…  I recently spotted an ABC application affixed to the front of an old vacuum cleaner shop at 2924 Wilshire Blvd. announcing an upcoming branch of national chain Board & Brush Creative Studio.  Self-described “DIY wood sign workshop” Board & Brush specializes in drinking, socializing with friends, and creating wooden signs.  Hmmm…

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Organica Juice Bar Replacing Basanti In Beverly Hills

Perhaps we’re not done with the pressed juice craze just yet…  Back in December of last year I told you about the demise of Basanti Tea Bar at 9465 S. Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills.  And now it looks like a new contender is moving in.  Window signage indicates that Organica Juice Bar will soon be the new occupant.  According to the window, you can expect a menu of cold-pressed juices, superfoods, smoothies, bowls, and, well… you get the picture.

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Izakaya Osen Coming To Downtown Santa Monica

Remember back in 2014 when I first noticed that Caffe Primo was intending on moving into the corner space at Arizona and 7th?  This sleepy section of Downtown Santa Monica had been revitalized by the arrival of popular Cassia and Esters across the street.  But something went wrong, and not only did Caffe Primo pull out of the space at 702 Arizona, but they closed everywhere.  Since then the space has sat vacant… until now.  A new ABC application announces that Izakaya Osen is moving in.  At the time of this writing, I’m unclear if this is the same eatery as Silverlake’s Osen Izakaya.  More to come…

Update:  It will be the second branch for Osen IzakayaEater has the details here.

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