Westside Tavern Closes Today, The Westside Weeps…

A sad day for movie goers on the Westside…  Popular local institution Westside Tavern, at 10850 W Pico Blvd., has decided to pull the plug.  Today (10/31/2020) is their last day of service.  For over 10 years, their no-reservation policy ensured stampedes of people running from the theater above to be the first in line for their inventive, playful food and stiff cocktails.  “Continuing challenges from the pandemic” are to blame.  They will be missed.  Read their gracious goodbye letter here.  

Mrs. Winston’s Reopens In Century City

I recently heard from one of the founders of Mrs. Winson’s, otherwise known as “L.A.’s Best Salad Bar”.  He asked me to pass on to my readers that the beloved Century City branch has reopened at 1999 Avenue of the Stars as of last week.  They are making available their “award winning salad bar online for carry out, [and] curbside pick up” and are open 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  Good news for busy office workers nearby…

Dave’s Hot Chicken Replacing Smashburger In Culver City

A sharp-eyed reader (Thanks Jeremy!) noticed a new banner hanging over the space that used to house a branch of Smashburger, at 10704B Venice Blvd. in Culver City.  I went by to have a look.  Sure enough, this address will soon be the home of a branch of Dave’s Hot Chicken.  This will be the seventh location for the poultry purveyor, but they apparently have plans on a larger expansion, including branches in Northridge and Fountain Valley.

Order For Me Deli Replaces The OP Cafe In Santa Monica

On a tip from a reader (Thanks Michael!), I went by the location of longtime neighborhood fave breakfast spot The OP Cafe a 3117 Ocean Park Blvd. to see what was going on.  A banner hung on the front announces a new tenant, Order For Me Deli.  OFMD describe themselves as a “restaurant tech company” where the concept is that diners order and pay on their phones (timely, no?).  The menu is designed by Chef Greg Daniels of The Golden Bull (The OP Cafe‘s sister restaurant) and includes all-day breakfasts, salads, bowls, and something called beef on weck, which is sliced beef that is roasted overnight and served on a Kimmelweck roll.  They are open from 7am to 8 pm (9pm Friday and Saturday) and have patio seating as well as take-out.  We wish them the best of luck.

Umi By Hamasaku Closed In El Segundo

And while we’re on the subject of The Point...  It appears that Umi by Hamasaku has given up the ghost at thier location at 8050 S Sepulveda in El Segundo.  Umi caused quite a stir when it expanded to this neck of the woods from West LA, bringing Hamasaku chef Yoya Takahashi’s signature sushi and izakaya dishes.

Little Sister Coming To El Segundo

It appears that a new restaurant is replacing the estwhile Superba in The Point, on the corner of Rosecrans and Sepulveda in El Segundo.  Paper is covering the windows announcing that this will soon be a branch of Little Sister.  With two locations and two more on the way (the other coming location will be in the Irvine Spectrum), Little Sister offers a unique take on cuisine resulting from “rich collisions of food and culture that was borne out of the European colonization of Southeast Asia”. Check out their menu here.

Malbec Argentinean Cuisine Closed In Santa Monica

On a tip from a reader (Thanks SG!) I went by cavernous Argentinean steakhouse Malbec to see what was going on.  The signs have been pulled down and their location at 2628 Wilshire Blvd. has been gutted.  The for lease sign in the window confirms that they have indeed permanently closed.  It appears that their other locations are still open.

Luna Grill Gone From Santa Monica?

About two years ago, Luna Grill started slinging its signature Mediterranean food from its newest location at 3001 Wilshire Blvd.  While their website still lists this location as temporarily closed, last week a reader (Thanks Stephen!) questioned whether that was true.  So I went by to have a look.  Sure enough, the windows are papered over and a note on the front is announcing that they are closed, so it looks like they’ve no intention of reopening.

Go Get Em Tiger Pounces On Santa Monica

Recently, I’d been keeping my eye on the space at 2645 Main St. in Santa Monica, a space previously occupied by Amelia’s Espresso & Panini.  Readers were noticing that something was going on, but I couldn’t get any confirmation.  Then one reader (Thanks Joe!) let me know that the new java joint was none other that innovative coffee purveyors Go Get Em Tiger.  They wasted no time and threw open their doors two days ago (10/06/2020), pretty remarkable at a time like this.  We wish them the best of luck.

Le Petit Chez Mimi Opens In Santa Monica…

Ever since I first told you about the impending arrival of the latest incarnation of beloved French restaurant Chez Mimi back in February, thousands of you have been checking for updates and demanding answers.  Here you go:  Le Petit Chez Mimi opened a delightful outdoor dining room on Friday (10/07/2020)).  Le Petit Chez Mimi is helmed by local legend Chef Mimi.  Read more about her newest eatery in my original piece here.  De rien

Update:  While I don’t normally endorse restaurants, I’ve been overwhelmed with requests for contact information…  Le Petit Chez Mimi’s website is now up and running.  Check it out here.  Or call (310) 264-4464 to make a reservation.  Encore de rien

Kaz The Soba Place Coming To Sawtelle Japantown

Flashy signage and window coverings are up on the old Lemonade space at 2047 Sawtelle announcing that a new noodle joint is moving into the neighborhood.  Kaz The Soba Place appears to be well underway and close to opening.  There doesn’t seem to be a lot of information out there on this business, so I don’t know what will be on the menu besides buckwheat noodles.  If you have more information, let me know…