I’ve been watching the mass extinction of The Westside’s beloved Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. It appears yet another one may have bitten the dust. The popular CBTL at 2901 Main St. in Santa Monica appears to be closed. While it doesn’t have the poster announcing the closure as the other ones have had, the windows are papered over and the equipment has been removed. What is going on?
I’m not exactly sure when it happened, but a new noodle joint has quietly slipped into the location that once housed the self-described “King of Poke”, PoKing at 2307 Main St. in Santa Monica. An awning has appeared that lets us know Ensoku Ramen now resides at that address. What’s on offer? Rolls and ramen with “authentic broth, fresh ingredients”, and a “wide variety”. And they’re open for take away.
Mr. Chow quietly slipped out of their location at 3835 Cross Creek Rd., in the Malibu Country Mart, back in January. The space is currently gutted to make way for the new tenant. A large banner over the front is announcing that the new eatery will be none other than a branch of Montecito’s perennially popular swanky steakhouse Lucky’s. Seems like a match made in heaven.
The Park at Cross Creek development at 23401 Civic Center Dr. is certainly changing things up in Malibu. Yet another restaurant is snatching up one of the spaces. The people behind Malibu’s longtime pie fave D’Amore’s Pizza are planning on opening Cafe D’Amore in the hot property. And according to their FB page, they’re also shooting for a location in Calabasas as well.
It appears that something new is taking over the Rick’s Tavern on Main space at 2907 Main St. in Santa Monica. An ABC application posted on the front lists the business name as Station 26. Station 26 just happens to be the closest lifeguard station on the beach. I couldn’t find much information on this new eatery, so if you have any details let me know.
The Park at Cross Creek development, at 23401 Civic Center Dr., is poised to really perk up the Malibu dining scene. Another new restaurant landing in the shopping center is Real Coconut. Real Coconut hails from Tulum, Mexico and offers a “plant focused” menu that is “free of gluten, grain, dairy, and refined sugar”, and is cooked only with avocado oil. Read more about this fascinating new restaurant here.
Earlier this week, I told you about the permanent closure of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on S Beverly Dr. in Beverly Hills. I reader was quick to point out that the CBTL that anchors the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and S Beverly Glen Blvd. was also closing as of Sunday, May 17th. I went by the coffee shop and checked it out: A notice in the window confirms that this branch is now permanently closed. What’s going on with CBTL?
Beloved local institution Howdy’s Taqueria used to reside in the Country Mart. Apparently the owner, Howdy Kabrins, shuttered the eatery due to some personal reasons that you can read about in this article. But Howdy’s is coming back to Malibu. The new location is in the new The Park at Cross Creek development at 23401 Civic Center Dr. We wish them the best of luck.
I’m not sure what the circumstances were, but it appears that the normally crowded Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at 233 S Beverly Dr. in Beverly Hills has permanently closed. There’s a notice in the window thanking customers for their support. I’ll keep my eye on the space.
So, I’m not sure if coffee giant Nespresso is opening a second location or moving from their location in the next block. What I am sure of is that the plywood is covering the space at 408 N Beverly Drive, formerly home of Theory, has a notice on the front saying that Nespresso is coming soon. I guess we’ll have to wait and see…
A victim of the challenging times? It was only back in October of 2018 that I noticed that sandwich chain Jimmy John’s was replacing the Subway at 3023 Wilshire Blvd. Sadly, Santa Monica’s only branch has closed up shop as evidenced by the large for lease sign on the front.
I’ve been hearing whispers that the construction on the corner of Montana Ave. and 10th St. in Santa Monica would eventually be the home of an “Australian” coffee shop. But I was unable to get concrete information until recently, when an ABC application was posted on the front. As you can see, no business name is listed. However, the ABC application online clearly spells out that this will be a branch of coffee experts Bluestone Lane. And this one will apparently have beer and wine on offer as well.
I’ve been watching the space that was the home of erstwhile Baja Fresh at 720 Wilshire Blvd. (corner of Lincoln). The space has been undergoing a remodel for a while now. An ABC application recently went up on the front confirming that Westwood’s Fresh Corn Grill is on the way. Expect a menu of healthy pizza, pasta, salad, tacos, and enchiladas. We wish them the best of luck.
I’ve been hearing from readers that Osteria Bigoli has permanently pulled the plug, so I went by their location at 714 Montana Ave. to have a look. Like many businesses right now, there’s a scrawled note on the front door saying that they’re closed until further notice. But as you can see, their sign above the front door has been removed and one reader (Thanks Kurt!) let me know that the interior decorations are gone, so it looks like they probably don’t have plans on reopening. Let me know if you hear anything different.