Meet Fresh Set To Bring Taiwanese Desserts To Westwood

Window banners are up on part of the old Jerry’s Deli space at 10923 Weyburn Ave. in Westwood Village announcing a future home for Taiwanese treat chain Meet Fresh.  The numbers are impressive:  With locations around the world, they currently have 800+ stores, there are more than 100 cold and hot desserts on offer, and they claim more than 100 million bowls of their icy grass jelly signature are sold globally every year.  The dizzying array of choices will also include such things as tofu pudding, milk tea, egg waffles, and taro balls, all made with traditional Taiwanese methods and the finest ingredients.  Interesting…

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Stan’s Donuts Calls It Quits In Westwood

I’ve been hearing from horrified fans that, after 55 years, beloved pastry purveyor Stan’s Donuts has permanently closed in Westwood.  A gracious note from Stan Berman on the front thanks patrons for their “support and friendship”.  It appears the decision to close was in the works anyway, but COVID-19 sped things up.

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Starbucks Permanently Closed on Montana/15th St.

Back in early February, I mentioned to you that I had heard a rumor that Starbucks was closing its location at 15th St. and Montana Ave. in Santa Monica.  At the time, I had no proof.  This week, a note went up on the door that they have permanently closed.  Expensive rents on Montana Ave. are to blame, or so I’m told.

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King & Queen Cantina Coming To Downtown Santa Monica

Back in January, I told you about the disappearance of Plan Check from its space at 1401 Ocean Ave suite 104.  Now a new restaurant is intending to make the space their home.  Posters are up in the windows announcing the impending arrival of King & Queen Cantina.  Originally hailing from San Diego, the chain has a smattering of locations and sister restaurants.  Expect “Latin flavors” with Dia de los Muertos decor that is meant to feel like a “party, out of the box, but more casual”.  Of course everything us up in the air right now, but we wish them the best of luck.

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Dave’s Doghouse Done In Santa Monica?

Three years ago, I first told you about a Josiah Citrin (Melisse, Charcoal) project moving into the old Santa Monica Electric Co. at 2428 Main St.  Since then, furtive signs of work have continued on and off for Dave’s Doghouse, which led me to believe that the restaurant was still in progress.  I know that many of you have been checking for updates on this project, but it appears it may have been abandonned.  The review signs and ABC application have been taken down, and the space was being inhabited by a pop-up shop selling goods for an elephant charity prior to the shutdown.  If you have any information, let me know…

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Los Tarascos Bringing Taco Tuesday To Downtown Santa Monica Soon

The diminutive space at 725 Broadway in Santa Monica has seen its share of tenants, the most recent being an açaí bowl spot that closed over a year ago.  Window covering is informing us that a new venture called Los Tarascos is moving in.  The windows promise taco tuesdays and daily hand made tortillas.

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Don Chuy’s Restaurant Replacing Shalimar Of India In Culver City

With all the self-isolation lately, I’m simply not out in the community as much as I normally would be, and I really appreciate when readers send me stories.  Recently, one reader (Thanks Keith!) sent me this photo of an ABC application on the front of what was formerly Shalimar of India at 10708 Jefferson Blvd. in Culver City.  As you can see, this will be the future home of Don Chuy’s Restaurant.  There currently is a Don Chuy’s at 11800 Jefferson, but I’m unclear if they’re moving locations or if this will be a second branch for the Mexican restaurant.

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New Houston Brothers Bar In Santa Monica?

A new ABC application has popped up on the front of the old Tinga/Renee‘s space at 522 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica.  No business name is listed, but there is an applicant name: Ploenpidh Pola Houston.  While this name is associated with a Koreatown bar, the Monte Carlo, after a bit of digging, I found that Ms. Pola is the mother of entrepreneurial brothers Jonnie and Mark Houston, who preside over an empire of themed nightclubs in Hollywood.  I don’t have confirmation that this will be their newest project, so if you have any information please let me know.  You can read more about the brothers in this LA Weekly story.

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La Puglia Landing On Wilshire In Santa Monica

Ever since longtime resident Nawab of India pulled out of its spot at 1621 Wilshire Blvd. back in 2017, I’ve been peppered with questions about what might move in.  Dark, mysterious plywood has covered the space for a number of months, but I had no clues… until now.  An ABC application went up last week and spilled the beans that something called La Puglia is setting up housekeeping.  I don’t have any information on La Puglia, but I think its a safe bet to say Italian will be on offer…

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Shake Shack Santa Monica’s Sleek Look…

About a year ago, I told you about mega-popular Shake Shack‘s intention to build an outpost at 501 Wilshire Blvd, formerly the site of Panera and Polly’s Pies before that.  Recently, an artist’s rendering of what the new building will look like was pasted on the front.  It seems like they’ve a way to go since no construction has begun yet, and these are uncertain times…

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The New Face Of Santa Monica

We’re living with madness right now, and shops and restaurants are really feeling it.  If you haven’t been out much, you may not have seen that stores have begun boarding over their windows.  Sur La Table at Wilshire and Third is covered, and Williams Sonoma on Montana Ave. is also boarded.  What they’re anticipating is anyone’s guess…

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