Burgerim Comes To Beverly Hills…

If you follow this blog, then you know about Burgerim’s unstoppable plan to take over the world.  The latest evidence?  A sign in the window of the old Subway space at 250 S. Beverly Dr. proclaims the location will soon be serving the chain’s signature Lilliputian burgers.

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Bloomfield Creamery Expands To Westwood

It appears that Pasadena’s popular frozen treat shop Bloomfield Creamery is expanding west.  A small sign in the window promises their arrival to the former nail salon space at 1427 Westwood Blvd. (Although a large “coming soon” banner was recently removed).  Not sure of an opening date, but it looks like we can expect “artisanal ice cream, edible cookie dough, and frozen yogurt” soon…

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Panera Closes In Beverly Hills

What’s going on at Panera Bread?  Recently, the (newish) Westwood branch abruptly closed up shop.  On a tip from a reader (Thanks Shawn!), I went to check out the (also newish) Beverly Hills location at 239 S Beverly Dr.  Sure enough, a note taped to the front door explains that they have “permanently closed”.  Could this indicate trouble for the popular bakery/sandwich chain?

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Fork-In Aussie Pies Closes August 31 In Santa Monica: New French Restaurant Expected

Comfort food expert Fork-In Aussie Pie Kitchen is closing its beach adjacent location at 2510 Main St. Suite B in Santa Monica.  But no need to feel sorry for them.  They are actually closing this location so they can focus on expanding the brand, including into retail according to a spokesperson.  And what’s next for the prime space?  I was informed by the Aussie Pie folks that a new French restaurant is moving in.  An ABC application is posted, but no business name is listed.  The applicant, Maison Thouvard LLC, has ties to Santa Barbara.

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Prima Baja Cocina Replacing Pradeep’s On Montana

It was only about 2 weeks ago that I told you about the sad demise of Santa Monica institution Pradeep’s at 1405 Montana Ave.  At the time I had heard that a new Mexican restaurant was expected, but I had no details.  The wait is over:  Paper recently went up in the windows giving us the name of the new eatery.  There isn’t much information out there on Prima Baja Cocina, except for a developing website that promises us tacos and a September opening.

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Pieology Pizzeria Disappears From Westwood

Could this indicate a slowdown in the build-your-own pizza trend?  On a tip from a reader (Thanks Joey!), I went to check out what was going on at Pieology Pizzeria at 920 Broxton Ave.in Westwood Village.  As it turns out, it has closed down.  A note taped to the front door confirms it.  I’m a bit surprised by this.  Even in pizza saturated Westwood, it’s hard to comprehend why ever-popular Pieology, of all places, would pull up stakes.  I’ll keep watching to see what may develop…