Having opened in 2013, Kippy’s! Non-Dairy Ice Cream Shop had high hopes when they moved their location from Lincoln Blvd. to 245 Main St. in Venice. Last week, however, a sad note was taped to the front door pronouncing Kippy’s! as closed. A more detailed notice on their website graciously thanks their customers and promises a comeback. We wish them the best of luck.
It is extremely difficult to watch as flames ravage through parts of our community. The next couple of days have the potential to bring challenging winds. It is my sincerest wish that you all stay safe and vigilant during this particularly destructive fire season.
Once a darling with posing celebrities, Pinkberry lead the pack in the frozen yogurt explosion a number of years back. Could this be an indication that times and tastes have moved on? I was surprised to see that Pinkberry has vanished from its prime location at 1456 Third Street Promenade. I’ll keep watching to see what may take over the space.
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Window paper is up on one of the ground floor spaces in the mixed-use One Culver complex that sits between Washington and Culver Blvd. announcing a branch of innovative coffee purveyors Go Get Em Tiger. This branch will be their farthest west to date and sits on the Culver Blvd. side of the property, in space 104. GGET began as a pop-up in the Sqirl Café in 2012 and has currently expanded to seven locations. No word on an opening date yet.
I’ve been watching the commodious space at 1413 5th St. in Downtown Santa Monica ever since its longstanding tenant, Wokcano, disappeared about a year ago. It finally looks like a new venture is moving in. An ABC application recently went up announcing the impending arrival of NC’s Jazz Shack. I can’t seem to find much information out there on NC’s, but I’ll keep watching…
Here’s some eyebrow-raising news… Beverly Hills’ branch of chic Parisian patisserie Ladurée, in an astonishing feat of vegan ingenuity, has recently gone 100% plant based! The collaboration with plant-based superstar Matthew Kenney has produced Ladurée X Matthew Kenney, the first of its kind in the world. On the menu? Standards such as Ladurée benedict, French onion soup, croque monsieur, and salade niçoise. And in case you’re wondering, the pastries, viennoiseries, cakes, and macarons (now including hemp flavor) are all there in full glory. According to the website, the collab is being extended to other locations throughout the world as well.
Plywood recently went up on a big chunk of Runway Playa Vista announcing the arrival of something called Free Market. The retail and restaurant scene in Playa Vista has been sputtering for some time now. According to this LA Times article, in an effort boost the area, Runway will soon be closed to cars and turned into a pedestrian mall. Free Market is being described as a complex that will include a “mix of small stores and restaurants”. I’ll keep watching to see what develops…
You may know that Manhattan Village, the shopping center on the corner of Rosecrans and Sepulveda in Manhattan Beach, is undergoing a major over-haul including adding new buildings and outdoor walkways… and new restaurants as well. I’ve already told you about Mercado (already open), and upcoming Urban Plates. But as you can see at least three more are announced: A branch of Edoardo Baldi’s coffee and nibbles bar Edo Little Bites, Dan Modern Chinese (which still hasn’t opened in Westwood), and Joey Restaurants are all on their way.
A reader (Thanks SG!) sent me concerns about Sawtelle’s cavernous temple to shabu-shabu Mizu 212. A hastily written note taped to the front door says they are closed for remodeling. Nothing has been touched inside for a bit now, and… well, hopefully I’m wrong, but we’ve seen this before. I’ll let you know if anything changes.
With locations scattered across the US, it looks like an upscale seafood restaurant is making its first inroad into LA County. Banners are up on the fencing surrounding the renovation at 2101 Rosecrans in El Segundo announcing the impending arrival of Eddie V’s Prime Seafood. If you recall a while ago, the location used to be home to a branch of McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks. Eddie V’s is a brand of parent company Darden Restaurants Inc. whose other brands include Olive Garden, The Capital Grille, and Yard House as well. Expect the “finest seafood and steaks”, “world-class wine”, and live jazz all served with “unmistakable elegance”.
If you follow this blog, then you know about Westwood Village’s recent alarming deluge of restaurant closures. Add two more to the list: El Pollo Loco has vanished from its location at 1081 Gayley, and for all intents and purposes Coco Fresh Tea & Juice has stopped functioning. If you have any information on why the sudden exodus of eateries, let me know…
(Thanks Ivy for the tips!)
I went by to check out what was going on at 12222 Venice Blvd. after I got a tip from a reader (Thanks Ivy!). Sure enough, Top Chef Brooke Willliamson’s artisanal ice cream shop Small Batch has closed up shop. You can still get their proprietary icy treats at Playa Provisions in Playa del Rey.
Well this came as a bit of a shock… After what seems like, well… forever (in reality, 26 years), it appears that Santa Monica’s branch of retro diner Swingers has thrown in the towel at its 802 Broadway location. So what happened to the neighborhood’s fave late night hang out joint? A note affixed to the front door cites rising labor and food costs, and operating expenses as the culprits.