Dun Huang Bringing Noodles To Westwood Soon…

With all the depressing news of closures, it’s good to see new restaurants coming.  Back in October of last year, I told you about the disappearance of El Pollo Loco from its location at 1081 Gayley in Westwood.  It appears a new eatery is going to give the space a go.  Signs are up announcing that Dun Huang is moving in.  I believe its the same Dun Huang that has locations in New York and one CA location in Rowland Heights.  If that is the case, we can expect Northwestern Chinese food on offer, and apparently epic handmade noodles.  We wish them the best of luck.

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Even More CBTL Losses!

Yikes!  Ever since I first started telling you about the mass extinction of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf from the Westside, I’ve been hearing from horrified fans mourning the loss of even more neighborhood CBTLs.  The Coffee Bean on the corner of Second and Santa Monica Blvd. is now gone.  The CBTL on the corner of Wilshire and Federal has disappeared.  And, while I haven’t checked it out personally, readers are telling me that The Coffee Bean on the corner of Lincoln and Manchester is now caput.  Lots of you have been sending me theories on why this is happening, but if you have definite information, please let us know…CBTL1.jpgCBTL2

Mirame Coming Soon To Beverly Hills

I looks like The Golden Triangle is about to get a fresh eatery.  Almost immediately after Gratitude Kitchen & Bar moved out of its location at 419 N Canon Dr. in February, work on a new restaurant began.  Now we know what’s coming.  The new restaurant’s name is Mirame, and  I’m told the menu will be “Mexican”.  They are shooting for a July 11 opening.  We wish them the best of luck.

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Peet’s Coffee Disappears From Beverly Hills

Times have most certainly not been good for coffee joints.  If you’ve been reading this site, you know that The Coffee Bean has been hit particularly hard.  But just recently, I noticed that Peet’s Coffee has quit its location at 258 S Beverly Dr. in Bevery Hills.  I don’t think we’re done with this trend yet…

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Wahoo’s Fish Taco Quits Santa Monica…

SoCal native Wahoo’s Fish Taco appears to be quiting their longtime address at 418 Wilshire Blvd. in Downtown Santa Monica.  A sharp-eyed reader (Thanks Trent!) spotted the for lease sign hanging on the front.  Since their Brentwood location closed last year, there are currently no Westside location except in LAX.  Not sure what happened, but I’ll keep watching to see what develops.

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Wine At Fred Segal Malibu?

Recently, I noticed an ABC application affixed to the window of Malibu’s branch of cutting-edge retailer Fred Segal, at 3822 Cross Creek Rd.  The application is a “winegrower” type and promises us that we’ll be able to sample libations from Summer Somewhere Wines sometime soon.  Wine and shopping?  Sounds perfect…

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Piccolo By Barrique Replacing Bowl Kitchen In Santa Monica

There’s an ABC application hanging in the window of the erstwhile Bowl Kitchen at 2127 Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica.  The applicant is listed as Mure Black Inc.  If the first name sounds familiar, it’s because its the name of “Michelin awarded” chef Antonio Mure, the man behind Barrique in Venice.  And sure enough, the name of the new restaurant is listed as Piccolo by Barrique.  Very exciting.

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Alfred Tea Room Quitting Brentwood

Back in September of 2018 I told you about the opening of Alfred Tea Room at 11928 San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood.  Recently, I heard from a reader (Thanks Jill!) that there was a for lease sign hanging on the front so I went by to have a look.  Sure enough, the sign is there indicating that Alfred is vacating the space.  I’ll keep watching to see what may develop.

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A Message From Toddrickallen…

We’re living in challenging times.  It felt hopeless watching the sickening death of George Floyd, followed by the senseless destruction of our community’s restaurants and businesses which were struggling to survive mandated COVID-19 closures.  Toddrickallen is committed to standing with our community as we rebuild, and with other communities as they address racial violence and discrimination.  Together, may we all find the hope and courage to move forward…