Risky Business’ 12th Annual Mardi Gras Crawfish Broil

In what has become an yearly tradition, the good people at Burbank’s Risky Business (previously known as The Other Door) have reached out to me to pass on information about this year’s 12th Annual Mardi Gras Crawfish Broil.  Celebrate the easing of Pandemic restrictions New Orleans Style with “hundreds of pounds of the critters live from Louisiana” served with “frosty Abita on tap, authentic Sazeracs, Hurricanes, and other New Orleans cocktails”.  They will also have King Cake.  The event takes place from 10pm to 2am on Tuesday, March 1st at 10437 Burbank Blvd. in North Hollywood.  While there are no advance ticket sales, they do expect to sell out so arrive early…

Yalla Mediterranean Disappears From Culver City

I’m hearing from shocked readers that everyone’s favorite neighborhood take-away spot Yalla Mediterranean had completely disappeared from its location at 9516 Culver Blvd.  The space is completely gutted and the signs have been taken down, leaving no trace whatsoever.  I’m not sure what happened, but I’ll keep an eye on the location to see what develops. (If you can’t live without Yalla‘s salmon salad, they still have a location in Burbank.)

Blossom And Friends Coming To Santa Monica

Vietnamese noodle shop Blossom appears to be broadening their horizons.  On a tip (Thanks CG!) I went by the space that used to be home to Uplifter’s Kitchen at 2819 Ocean Park Blvd.  New signs and an ABC application in the window are announcing a new project from Blossom, which incidentally sits right next door at 2821 Ocean Park.  I’m told by a spokesperson that the new project, Blossom and Friends, will be a departure from Vietnamese.  While the menu is still in development, it appears Italian will be on offer.  I’m also told that they are looking to open by the end of March.  We wish them the best of luck…

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Coming To Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills lost both of their branches of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in the mass extinction event the chain experienced during the Pandemic closures.  Their location at 445 N Beverly Dr. has sat empty ever since, but that’s about to change.   A notice of intent for an open air dining permit posted on the front door spills the beans that an outpost of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is on the way.  Founded by Jeni Britton Bauer and headquartered in Columbus Ohio, Jeni’s boasts a frozen treat with “a uniquely smooth texture and buttercream body, with bright flavor and clean finish” for which people go crazy, including President Joe Biden.

Wildbird Landing In Westwood Village

It appears a new purveyor of poultry is coming at 10917 Lindbrook Dr. in Westwood Village, previously home to Think Halal Grill.  Window paper is up on the space announcing that a second branch of Hollywood’s Wildbird is settling in.  Wildbird prides itself on offering chicken that is “antibiotic free, hunanely raised, [and] free-range… from local farmers we trust like Jidori”.  The birds are marinated overnight in a “citrus-herb blend of spices”, then seared, and finally slow-roasted and served with a variety of sides and salsas.

Alligot Sandwich Coming To Westwood

Looks like there’s a new sandwich spot coming to 1049 Gayley in Westwood Village, formerly home to Kaido.  Window paper is announcing the arrival of Alligot Sandwich.  A cursory search turns up recipes for pommes aligot (French mashed potato with cheese) and alligator sandwiches (apparently a thing in Louisiana), but nothing on Alligot Sandwich.  If you have more information, pass it along…

Pudu Pudu Now Pushing Pudding In Century City

I must confess that I’m a just a little unclear on the concept here.  Apparently pudding is on offer at the newly-opened Pudu Pudu, on the second floor of the Westfield Century City Shopping Center.  For some reason, it took almost a year to open, but you can now step inside a “pudding gallery” brought to you by German megabrand Dr. Oetker to sample pudding that is made with “high-quality ingredients, health-boosting superfoods and toppings so incredible they could be works of art.”  They also have a branch on Abbot Kinney in Venice.

Angelini Ristorante & Bar Will Open In Pacific Palisades On…

When I write a story about a coming new restaurant, I can expect a barrage of people asking about an opening date.  The thing is, I often don’t know.  There can be a number of reasons why some eateries may be delayed for years while others appear overnight.  Often city-specific red tape gets in the way (I’m looking at you Santa Monica).  At any rate, since I first told you about Angelini Ristorante & Bar expanding to Palisades Village, I’ve been peppered with queries about an opening date, so here you go:  Angelini Ristorante & Bar will throw open their doors to the public tomorrow (February 11) at 1038 N Swarthmore in Pacific Palisades.  Expect a bright airy space with large doors on all sides that spill out onto the sidewalk and a patio for al fresco enjoyment of Gino Angelini’s much-lauded and beloved fare.  You’re welcome.

Oakberry Now Slinging Acai In Century City

It was back in June of last year when I noticed that a new healthy “fast food” option was moving into the second floor the Westfield Century City Shopping CenterOakberry is now officially open.  Oakberry prides itself on bowls and smoothies based on acai that is 100% natural with no food coloring, artificial preservatives, or guarana syrup.  They hail from Brazil and claim to have “more than 400 units” across the world.

A New “JP’s” Project In Santa Monica…

A sharp-eyed reader (Thanks RB!) let me know that there was a pending conditional use notice in the window of the space at 925 Wilshire Blvd Ste C (corner of 10th), former home to Classic Tile.  (I’ve long thought this would be a great location for a restaurant)  The notice doesn’t give a business name, but lists the proposed project as, “ABC license 47 bar and restaurant for the onsite service and consumption of food and alcohol”.  The applicant is named as Bonus Eventus LLC.  A little digging reveals that Bonus Eventus is the parent company of JP’s Bar and Grill, everyone’s favorite neighborhood sports bar at Wilshire and 11th that shuttered since the Pandemic closures and remains so to this day.  I’ve reached out to the man behind JP’s and I’ll pass on more information as it becomes available.

Here Are Your Kitchen United MIX Downtown Santa Monica Choices…

Ghost kitchen chain Kitchen United Mix is exploding across our region bringing a myriad of delivery choices.  They describe themselves as, “the nation’s first ‘Multi-Restaurant Ordering’ to-go experience”.  Back in October of last year, I told you about a branch moving into the old Gallery space at 1325 Third St. Promenade.  That branch recently opened and here are your choices: Camile Thai, Continental Empanadas, Fuku (chicken sando and fingers), and Wow Bao.  I’m told more are on the way…