Mogu Mogu Taking Over The Dosanko Space On Olympic

The address at 11555 Olympic Blvd. in LA is proving itself to be a tricky one.  It used to be popular Ramenya, then Dosanko Ramen tried its luck, which sadly ran out.  Now a plucky new ramen and mazemen (no-broth ramen) joint named Mogu Mogu is poised to move in, at least according to a rather small announcement taped to the front door.  We wish them the best of luck.

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Panera Bread Decamps From Downtown Santa Monica

I’ve been receiving loads of messages from panicked Santa Monicans lamenting the demise of their beloved Panera Bread, in the landmark building at 501 Wilshire Blvd. that used to house Polly’s Pies.  What’s more, a demolition notice now hangs in the window.  Panera appears to be losing its presence on the Westside, with now-vacated locations in Westwood and Beverly Hills as well.  I’m keeping an eye on all three to see what may develop…

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Shake Shack Shimmies Into MDR

As longtime resident The Counter pulled up stakes in the Waterside at Marina del Rey shopping complex, they made room for another expanding burger chain.  I’ve been hearing from excited readers who have seen the sign board heralding the news.  The Waterside website confirms that, yes indeed, Shake Shack will soon be delivering their signature “modern day roadside burger” to the good people of the Marina.

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Office Luck Taking Over Musha In Santa Monica: The Name Of The New Restaurant Is Shirubē

Many of you were in shock when I first told you about the disappearance of beloved Japanese restaurant Musha at 424 Wilshire Blvd. in Downtown Santa Monica.  Now it looks like a new tenant is going to give the diminutive space a go.  A new ABC application is posted on the front.  It doesn’t give much information, just an applicant name of Office Luck USA.  There is no business name listed.  I can’t locate anything on Office Luck, likewise the officer named on the application doesn’t reveal any insight.  If you have any more information, let me know…

Update:  Indeed a reader did know more (Thanks Ryan!):  The restaurant’s name will be Shirubē.  It will be an izakaya style restaurant that appears to be past their projected opening date.  Check out their Instagram page here.

Update:  Eater has the full skinny here.

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Reds Ceases Serving Swedish Pizza In Santa Monica.

It was back in 2015 when I first told you about the buzzy arrival of Swedish pizza to the Santa Monica food scene.  Reds Pizza has made a valiant four-year run of it at 707 Pico Blvd., but sadly it appears that they have thrown in the towel.  I’m not quite sure when it happened, but the storefront is boarded over.  There’s no clear indication of what may take over the space, but I’ll keep watching.

Broadway Baker Bringing Brownies Beloved By Oprah To Santa Monica

Santa Monica is about to get a whole lot sweeter…  It wasn’t that long ago that I told you about the disappearance of Beach City Creamery (formerly Beachy Cream) from its address at 1209 Wilshire.  Paper is now up on the windows telling us about another treat shop moving in.  With one location in the Arts District Downtown, it looks like Broadway Baker is taking over the space.  And what’s on offer?  Known for their gift boxes, Broadway Baker prides itself on hand crafted, all natural premium baked good from three generations of family recipes, including their salted caramel brownies, once prominently featured in O, The Oprah Magazine.

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Trader Joe’s Lands In MDR

Everyone’s fave grocery store Trader Joe’s is expanding its footprint on the Westside.  I’ve been watching all the new construction along Admiralty in Marina del Rey to see what may develop.  A large notice attached to the fence around the new building on the corner of Admiralty and Mindanao Way lets us know that this will soon be a branch of TJ’s.  Don’t forget that there’s a brand new one going up on Wilshire and 23rd in Santa Monica as well.  The Beach Communities will be spoiled for choice…

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