Sweet Jesus Bringing Heavenly Confections To West Hollywood

A prominent window display at 8360 Melrose in West Hollywood proclaims the impending triumphant arrival of Sweet Jesus, a Toronto-based ice cream chain.  While cheekily-named, Sweet Jesus’ website makes it clear that they don’t want to “offer commentary on anyone’s religion”, but rather deliver “pimped out” soft serve ice cream cones with lofty heights and creative add-ons.  They also do cakes, shakes, and frappés  as well.  Sweet Jesus has locations across Canada, and one other US location on the East Coast.  I’m predicting that Sweet Jesus and Paul Smith‘s nearby notorious pink wall will be a social media match made in heaven…

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Allspice Now Closed In West Hollywood

On a tip from a reader (Thanks Shawn!), I went to check out what was going on at Mediterranean eatery Allspice Kitchen & Grill at 7501 Sunset in West Hollywood. Sure enough, a large for lease sign on the front and gutted interior confirm that they have indeed closed.  Their Yelp page promises a temporary closure, but I think it’s safe to say there looks to be little hope of that…

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Erin Mckenna’s Bakery Now Dishing Donuts In Santa Monica…

Back in August of last year, I told you about a new treat shop landing in the old Blue Plate space at 1415 Montana Ave.  You wouldn’t know it from the lack of signs, but Santa Monica’s branch of Erin McKenna’s Bakery opened over the weekend, joining locations in New York, Orlando, and on Larchmont.  Look for a menu of donuts, muffins, cakes, and other sweets, as well as breakfast and lunch items that are vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and kosher.

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S Bar By Katsuya Landing In Brentwood

For a long while now a teaser in the window of the space just to the right of Brentwood’s perpetually busy Katsuya let us know that a new “experience” was heading our way.  Now we know what it is.  Plywood just went up around the space announcing that a new branch of SBE’s S Bar at Katsuya is moving in.  While I can’t tell you exactly what to expect, I think we can get an idea by looking at Miami’s S Bar Brickell.

 

 

Toranj Replacing Grilliant In Westwood

It was only back in May when I told you about the demise of the short-lived branch of Mediterranean eatery Grilliant from their space at 10861 Lindbrook Dr. in Westwood.  Wasting no time, a new ABC application has appeared on the front.  The business name is listed as Toranj, a word that, depending on what part of the world you are in, can mean different things.  But since the applicant is listed as Chicken Chick Corp., I think its a safe guess that poultry will be on the menu.  We’ll have to wait and see what develops…

 

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Piccalilli Coming Soon To Culver City

Something is coming to the corner location at 3850 Main St. #A in Downtown Culver City.  An ABC application lists the business name as Wild Child, which also happens to be the name of a kid’s gym nearby.  But right next to the application, a small sign promises us that Piccalilli is soon to inhabit the space.  It’s not uncommon for an ABC application to list a prototype name (or no name) and then later change the name to something else, so I’m betting on Piccalilli.  I can’t find out much information on the new “general eating place”, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see…

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SaMo PRIDE Events At The Gallery…

Downtown Santa Monica’s premier Food Hall The Gallery is hosting Pride events this weekend to correspond to the first ever SaMo PRIDE Festival.  All this week we are promised “unicorn food specials”.  On Friday (June 14), from 7pm-10pm on The Deck, there will be Drag Bingo hosted by Pandora Boxx with prizes and giveaways.  And on Saturday, during PRIDE on The Promenade, The Gallery will have food and drink booths set up.  Read more about the events here.

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Signs Of Life At Melisse…

LA fine dining legend Melisse closed it doors at 1104 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica back in March with a vague promise of reopening soon.  At the time, there were a lot of unanswered questions (including whether or not the name of the establishment would continue to be Melisse), and Chef Josiah Citrin wasn’t spilling the beans.  But things appear to be moving forward.  A note on their website promises a Fall 2019 opening and a “whole new menu and concept”.  And late last week a new ABC application appeared, hidden in the front entrance, that continues to name the business as “Melisse“.  I’ll keep watching…

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Wahoo’s Fish Taco Set To Close In Brentwood…

I recently heard from a reader (Thanks Steve!) that Brentwood neighborhood fixture Wahoo’s Fish Taco was going to close at 11911 Wilshire Blvd. after a nearly 20 year run.  For lease signs point to the sad fact, but a notice on the door confirms that they will indeed close at Summer’s end.  All may not be lost though, according to the notice, they are looking for a new space somewhere nearby…

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Erewhon Opens In Pacific Palisades

It was only back in April when I first told you about the demise of Vintage Market in the flashy new Palisades Village in Pacific Palisades.  Signs quickly went up telling us that natural foods grocer-to-the-stars Erewhon was intent on moving in.  Wasting no time whatsoever, Erewhon officially threw open its doors yesterday, June 5th.

Latea Bringing Bubble Tea To Culver City

With locations in Illinois and Indiana, a new “bubble tea lounge” is heading to Downtown Culver City.  Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt ditched its conspicuous corner location at 3851 Main St. last year.  Now a small notice is announcing that beverage and snack expert Latea is intent on moving in.  Look for a wide menu of organic milk tea, tea drinks, specialty drinks, and snacks (seasoned fries).

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