Holey Grail Donuts Bringing Hawaiian Treats To Santa Monica

There’s window paper up on the space that used to be home of Ben & Jerry’s, at 2441 Main St. in Santa Monica, announcing a new fried confectionary shop is on the way.  Holey Grail Donuts has locations in Hawaii as well as a pop-up in Culver City and specializes in donuts made with “Hawaiian grown taro root [that] has been pounded and fermented to create a dough base” which is then fried in coconut oil and sold individually or in weekly “tasting boxes”.  Coffee, matcha, and chai are also on the menu.

Primo’s Donuts Has Your Rams Donuts…

I know people are scrambling to get their hands on Rams-themed treats as the football team charges toward The Super Bowl.  Thankfully the good people at Primo’s Donuts wrote to tell me they are offering “blue and gold LA-themed, limited edition donuts shaped like a football” this weekend and next, (Friday through Sunday) until February 13th.  Primo’s is at 2918 Sawtelle Blvd, and in Westwood at 10948 Weyburn Avenue.  I would advise getting there early…

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McCall’s Meat & Fish Co. Opens Today On Montana…

McCall’s Meat & Fish Co. has certainly generated a buzz in Santa Monica.  Ever since I first posted about the expansion of Los Feliz’ beloved “gourmet neighborhood market” to 1426 Montana Ave (Ste 7) late last year, people been demanding answers as to an opening date.  After much anticipation, McCall’s Meat & Fish Co. will officially throw open their doors today (Wed. 26 January) at 10:00am (or possibly 10:30am, the website and notice on the door don’t agree).  Expect the “highest quality meats, fish, produce, pastries, and retail accompaniments”.  You’re welcome…

Honeybee Burger Flies Into Venice

A large painted sign has popped up on the space at 326 Lincoln Blvd., previously home to a branch of CAVA.  The new resident will be vegan specialist Honeybee Burger.  With two other outposts in LA, Honeybee Burger offers a menu of 100% plant-based sandwiches, burritos, and breakfasts that have made multiple “best of ” lists including VegNews‘ best LA vegan burger.

Lorenzo California Bringing Tuscan-style Sandwiches To Beverly Hills

S. Santa Monica Blvd. is notorious for being a revolving door for restaurants, so it takes a brave contender to give it a go.  One courageous eatery is about to try their luck.  There’s window paper up on a former jewelry store space at 9529 S Santa Monica Blvd. announcing the arrival of something called Lorenzo California.  According to the announcement, Lorenzo will be introducing a “Florence style schiacciata sandwhich” to The Golden Triangle.  As near as I can tell, a schiacciata sandwich is a Tuscan sandwich composed of a specialty regional bread with various cuts of meats and cheeses.  I don’t have much information on Lorenzo other that this, so if you know more, please send it along.  

Shake Shack Conming To Culver City

Congratulations Good People of Culver City, fabled burgers are heading your way!  Plywood on one of the free-standing spaces in the food court of the Westfield Culver City Shopping Center (Fox Hills Mall) is proclaiming the news that this will soon be home to a branch of Shake Shack.  As you know, Shake Shack began life about 20 years ago as a pet project of legendary New York restaurateur Danny Meyer and has ever since embarked on an inexorable march toward world domination fueled mostly by cultish devotion of fans.   The ABC app on the front lets us know beer and wine will be on offer as well as shakes.  Looks like they’re very close to opening…

Tu Madre Coming To Downtown Santa Monica

Obica ended its LA run back in 2020.  The Downtown Santa Monica location of the Italian mozzarella chain, at 606 Broadway Ste 100, has sat empty since at least January of that year.  But that’s about to change.  An ABC application has recently gone up on the space informing us that this will soon be a branch of Tu MadreTacos Tu Madre has four other locations across LA and specializes in creative Mexican food in bright, colorful surroundings.

Cha Cha Matcha Dances Into Century City

Compartes Chocolates closed down fairly early into the Pandemic, leaving their first floor Westfield Century City Shopping Center location vacant for months.  But a new tenant is on the way.  A reader (Thanks M!) wrote to tell me that this will soon be a branch of Cha Cha MatchaCCM currently has two other LA locations and four NYC outposts and “specializes in all things matcha” using only ceremonial-grade powder from Uji, Japan.  Looks like they’re shooting for a Spring opening.

Wood Ranch Replacing Bandera In Brentwood

People were absolutely gutted when I reported that beloved Westside institution Bandera, which closed during the lockdowns, would not be reopening at 11704 Wilshire in Brentwood.  Even now I still hear from gob-smacked fans wondering what will replace it.  Now we know…  A sharp-eyed reader (Thanks Durendal_et_joyeuse!) wrote to tell me that this location will soon be the home to a branch of Wood Ranch.  Their website and a notice of nonresponsibility on the front door confirm the news.  For those unfamiliar, Wood Ranch has locations throughout SoCal and specializes in wood-fired BBQ, oak-grilled steaks, seafood, burgers, and sandwiches.

Update: Wood Ranch opened on 04/22/2022

Hurry Curry of Tokyo Rises From The Ashes In Santa Monica

Ever since I told you about the heartbreaking closure of Hurry Curry of Tokyo in Sawtelle Japantown, many readers reached out to me to express their shock and sadness.  Well, you can take a breath.  A reader (Thanks JC!) let me know they have found a new location in a small space at 2901 Ocean Park Blvd #125, formerly home to Ocean Park Ramen House.   Looks like they’re shooting for an early 2022 opening.  You’re welcome…

Bubbletopia LA, Dogbite Gourmet Hot Dogs Coming To Santa Monica

It appears something new is taking over the Market Pavillion at 1260 Third St. Promenade, last home of the extremely short-lived Kindred Spirit coffee shop.  Actually, two new things.  The north half is turning into something called Bubbletopia LA. The south half will be Dogbite Gourmet Hot Dogs.  Bubbletopia LA will feature milk tea, fruit tea, and waffles with ice cream and various toppings. Dogbite‘s menu offers such things as Chili Dogs, Elote Dogs, and Ring Dogs (bacon-wrapped beef dogs with onion rings, coleslaw, onion, and BBQ sauce), served alongside fries with various toppings.  Curiously, I can’t seem to locate much information about these two businesses, so if you know more, let me know…