Bar * Food Vanishes

Quirky neighborhood hang-out spot Bar * Food has flown the coop at 12217 Wilshire Blvd. in Brentwood.  The front is completely covered in plywood and their website has vanished.  Not sure what happened or what may be taking over, but I’ll keep watching…

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Sip Now Dispensing Matcha In Westwood

I noticed a while ago that Taiwanese shaved ice shop Frostalicious had quietly disappeared from its space at 10967 Weyburn Ave. in Westwood.  Wasting no time, a new treat shop has moved in.  Sip Matcha, Boba & Tea recently opened and is dispensing Technicolor drinks, such as the Magic Matcha pictured below, to the good people of Westwood.

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B.H. Poke Officially Gone…

I applauded last year when B.H. Poke courageously threw open their doors on a particularly tricky stretch of Beverly Hills (9527 Santa Monica Blvd. to be exact).  Then something went south…  A note was hastily affixed to the front door saying that they were taking a “little break”.  Now, after sitting idle for a few months, a large for lease sign officially confirms their demise.  I’ll watch to see what might move in.

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Grilliant Opens In Westwood

Ever since I first told you about a new restaurant moving into the old Panini Kabob Grill space at 10861 Lindbrook Dr. in Westwood, I’ve been fielding questions about an opening date.  Well, Grilliant is now open for business.  Look for a Mediterranean/Middle Eastern menu of kabob, salads, smoothies, and flat bread wraps.

Guyi Restaurant Brentwood?

The cavernous space at the top of Brentwood Gardens, at 11677 San Vicente Blvd., has had a troubled history of turnover.  It has sat empty ever since Elaine’s Bakery moved out in 2014.  Recently however, paper has covered the windows, and now a poster has been affixed to the front that appears to indicate a new eatery called Guyi Restaurant is intent on moving in.  There’s not much information out there.  The only other Guyi that I can find is a much-lauded Hunan restaurant in Shanghai China, but I’m unclear if they’re related.  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see…

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La Sirena Grill Closes In El Segundo…

If you follow this blog, you know how competitive the food scene in El Segundo is.  Case in point:  Once popular Mexican restaurant La Sirena Grill has closed up shop at 710-D Allied Way as the hungry aerospace crowds have moved on to Apollo Landing and The Point.  I’ll keep watching to see what develops.

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Pho Ever Comes To The Westside

On a tip from a reader (Thanks Dean!), I went to check out what was going on on the corner of Barrington and Pico.  It looks like a new Vietnamese restaurant is going into the space at 2404 Pico.  I’m not sure when Pho Ever will be opening, or if it’s related to any of the other “Pho Ever” restaurants out there, so we’ll just have to wait and see…

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Rita’s Gate Of India Relocates In Santa Monica

Perhaps you’ve been missing the old Gate of India restaurant that disappeared from its location at 115 Santa Monica Blvd.  That space has been (slowly) transforming into something called Tumbi Bar.  However, GOI has resurfaced as Rita’s Gate of India in its new location at 1450 5th Street in Downtown Santa Monica.

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Estiatorio Louka Taking Over The Canon Club Space In Beverly Hills

I recently noticed an ABC application pasted to the front of the space at 340 N Canon Dr. in Beverly Hills that used to house the erstwhile Canon Club.  The application lists the business name as Estiatorio Louka.  I’m not sure if this is the final name of the new restaurant or not.  There doesn’t seem to be much information out there yet, but it does seem curious that it’s only about a block away from what Eater is reporting about AVRA Estiatorio landing in the old Hakkasan space.

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American Tea Room Closes All Locations…

It wasn’t that long ago that American Tea Room at 401 N. Canon Drive in Beverly Hills underwent a major renovation and triumphantly reopened.  Recently, however, I noticed a for lease sign on the space.  A letter posted on the front door explains that they have made an “incredibly tough decision to close” all three of their locations (Beverly Hills, the Arts District, Newport Beach).  They are continuing to offer teas on their website.ATR2.jpgATR1.jpg