Hermanito Coming To Santa Monica…

Some excellent sleuthing on the part of one of my readers (Thanks Helen!) uncovered the mystery of what has leased the former Swingers space at 802 Broadway (corner of Lincoln) in Santa Monica.  She was able to discover a municipal application that reveals the name of the new business.  Apparently, it is none other than a Sawtelle’s white-hot Mexican destination Hermanito.  And this guy’s company is doing the design and consulting.  Interesting…

Sweet Lily Bakery Expanding To Culver City

A reader (Thanks Andrew!) wrote to tell me that he had spotted window signs up in the space that formerly housed Yalla Mediterranean at 9516 Culver Blvd.  The signs let us know that Sweet Lily Bakery is settling in.  Sweet Lily currently has a location on Cahuenga, and is the dream of two people from France, Marine and Thibaut, the latter of whom won “Best chocolate eclair of Paris”.  Expect a solid menu of French favorites including pastries, cakes, sandwiches, tartines, and quiche.

The Upper Crust Pizzeria Coming To Brentwood

People were devastated when favorite neighborhood French charmer Belle Vie fell victim to the Pandemic.  According to new signs, the space will soon be a branch of up-and-coming pie joint The Upper Crust Pizzeria.  You may recall that before Belle Vie, this space was the home for 40 years of Divita’s Pizzeria, so I guess this is a bit of a full circle.  The Upper Crust has locations in Massachusetts and California and offers a menu of “sort of famous” pizza, wings, lasagna, and calzone.

American Deli Comes To Hawthorne

Good news aerospace people, a new dining option is landing at 13257 Hawthorne Blvd. in Hawthorne.  A branch of American Deli has settled in to the location.   American Deli boasts almost 200 locations, mostly in the American South, but also a couple here as well.  Their menu focuses on classic American food such as wings, reubens, burgers, and subs.  Expect an opening in a few days, according to a spokesperson.

GGET Opens On Montana Ave On…

It was a long road to get here, but the end is in sight…  Originally, back in May of 2020 I reported that the space at 930 Montana Ave. was going to be home to a branch of Bluestone Lane.  Well, a lot happened between then and now.  Bluestone Lane dropped the space, and a year later window paper went up for Go Get Em Tiger.  It’s taken over a year, but GGET will officially throw open their doors to the Good People of Santa Monica on Monday, June 20th, according to a spokespersonEater is reporting a brand spanking new prototype all-day menu at this location, which you can see here.

Brighton Coffee Shop Coming Back To Beverly Hills…

A while ago, I wondered at the papered-over windows of frozen-in-amber java joint Brighton Coffee Shop, that has stood on the corner of Brighton and Camden for over 90 years.  Thankfully, I had a chance to talk with spokesperson who assured me that they will reopen the beloved coffee spot.  It’s simply getting a modern upgrade with a fresh new look: Think French woven cafe chairs and bright cheery colors.  The menu, I’m told, will stay pretty much the same.  It looks like they’re close to reopening…

Ample Hills Creamery Coming To Beverly Hills?

Beverly Hills lost its branch of international gelato brand Amorino during the Pandemic.  Now it looks like another icy treat company is moving to the space at 9605 Santa Monica Blvd.  The address was recently rented, but no signs have appeared.  There is, however, a small legal notice taped to the front door.  It lists the new tenant at Ample Hills Sub LLC, the company behind Ample Hills CreameryAmple Hills make their ice cream from scratch in their Brooklyn “plant” where they actually pasteurize their own dairy and bake their own mix-ins.  They have locations in New York, New Jersey, and in Long Beach CA.

Note: I do not yet have confirmation on this story.

Kalaveras Bringing “Buenas Vibras” To Santa Monica

Ever since the Belcampo closed down at 1026 Wilshire due to a spot of trouble, I’ve been keeping my eye on the commodious space to see what would move in.  The mystery is now over.  Signs went up this week announcing a branch of KalaverasKalaveras offers an immersive El Dia de Los Muertos celebratory fast/casual concept with “Latin American culinary classics” and a focus on mixology.  They have locations across LA County, with a serious expansion in the works including Long Beach, Silver Lake, Newport Beach, and others.

Shaka Shack Skedaddles Out Of Santa Monica

Thanks to all the shocked readers who took the time to tell me that under-the-radar neighborhood fave burger joint Shaka Shack has abruptly quit its location at 1701 Ocean Park Blvd.  The place is completely gutted, their website no longer functions, and the signs have been pulled down.  Their Yelp page is promising a reopening on July 1, but that seems unlikely at this location.  I’m not sure what happened, but I’ll keep my eye on this corner strip mall space to see what may develop…

Shake Shack Comes To Beverly Hills

For a while now, I’ve been watching the former home of Panini Kabob Grill at 9601 N Santa Monica Blvd.  Construction has been fierce since the Mediterranean eatery closed its doors during the Pandemic, but there was no signage to indicate what was replacing it.  Recently a now hiring banner went up on the front that lets us know that this will be a branch of the ever-popular chain Shake Shack, which as you know, began life around 22 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 the cultish devotion of fans.

Kismet Rotisserie Coming To Culver City

It appears that Hollywood poultry purveyor Kismet Rotisserie is expanding to Culver City.  A reader (Thanks Joyce!) noticed the window paper up on a space just to the right of the incoming Konbi at the One Culver complex in the 10000 block of Washington Blvd.  Expect a “globally-inspired” menu of chicken, sandwiches, and salads.  (The LA Times just gave them a glowing recommendation for picnic food at The Hollywood Bowl…)

Coco Beach Bringing Mexican Fusion To MDR

Ever since tropical-themed eatery Islands closed down at 404 Washington Blvd. in Marina Del Rey, I’ve been hearing from readers wondering what would be moving in.  Construction began almost immediately following the closure, but now we now we have answers.  A big banner is up that informs us that Coco Beach Bar & Grill is the name of the new restaurant.  A reader (Thanks TD!) had a chance to talk with the new owner, who described Coco Beach as a “family-friendly Mexican fusion place”.