El Merkat By Teleferic Barcelona Coming To Brentwood

It was me who broke the news that high-end Spanish tapas chain Teleferic Barcelona was replacing old school Italian fave Vincenti at 11930 San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood.  They have since opened to nightly adoring crowds.  Now it looks like the brand is increasing its presence along the tony street.  Right next door to Teleferic Barcelona, plywood is up on the space 11934 San Vicente announcing a branch of El Merkat by Teleferic Barcelona.  On offer at El Merkat will be a selection of “authentic Spanish gourmet products” including cheeses, meats, wines, spices, and paella kits.

The Cellar Bar & Grill Quits Century City

Century City if full of little gems that us mere mortals know nothing about.  Tucked in amongst the tall buildings are a number of rarified eateries and bars that cater to the finance and industry crowds that inhabit the offices.  One such place that was completely off my radar has quietly closed up shop.  A reader (Thanks Tony!) wrote to tell me that The Cellar Bar & Grill, at 1880 Century Park East # 102, is no more.  A blunt notice on the front door proclaims them as permanently closed.  

Handel’s Ice Cream Coming To Ocean Park

Congratulations Ocean Park!  Top-rated icy treats are heading your way….  It was back in June of last year when I told you about quiet neighborhood spot Shaka Shack quitting its location at 1701 Ocean Park Blvd.  Now it looks like this address is about to be the home of a new branch of Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & YogurtHandel’s Ice Cream had its beginnings in Youngstown, Ohio when a woman named Alice Handel began serving it in 1945.  They operate 90 locations in a number of states and offer over 100 flavors of ice cream and yogurt that are made fresh daily at each location.

(Thanks Justin!)

Ingo’s Tasty Diner’s Triumphant Return To Santa Monica

Normally, I do my own investigating, but I’m hearing from so many people on this story that I’m simply passing on the information others have shared with me.  With its buzzy bar and laid-back comfort food, the closure of local fave Ingo’s Tasty Diner, at 1215 Wilshire, was a real blow to neighborhood.  Plywood went up on the front, and not much happened after that… until recently. Construction has been fast and furious, which prompted readers to check into what was going on.  They’ve uncovered that Ingo’s will be reopening at this location (their website confirms a Summer opening) and that they are expanding into the old Vienna Bakery space next door, possibly meaning more baked goods on menu.  Also there are whisperings of a beer garden in the back as well. Let me know if you have any more information. (Thanks to Kurt, Rob, and others)

Tapville Social Coming To El Segundo, Hawthorne

I’ve been telling you the story of how The Works shopping center, at 700 S Allied Way in El Segundo, has quietly been transforming into a food destination.  Here’s more evidence.  Fencing is up around one of the front spaces with banners that read “Tapville Social coming soon”.  Tapville Social has a handful of locations across the US and appears to be making inroads into SoCal.  It is known for rotating selections of craft beer, wine and hand-crafted cocktails and a menu of “American classics” ordered on tablets.  They are also opening a location 12520 Crenshaw in Hawthorne, near SpaceX.

JP’s Bar & Grill Returning To Santa Monica

A little over a year ago, I told you about some activity at 925 Wilshire Blvd.# C in Santa Monica.  At the time, all I could discern wat the new establishment was associated with JP’s Bar and Grill, a fave neighborhood watering hole at Wilshire and 11th that had shuttered during the Pandemic.  I even reached out to the people behind JP’s, but at the time, they didn’t wish to share any details, so I only referred to the location as “a new JP’s project”.  Now a liquor license has gone up on the space, (perhaps) putting an end to the mystery.  The business name is clearly listed as JP’s Bar & Grill.

What’s Coming To 362 Camden Dr. in Beverly Hills?

The space at 362 Camden has seen a few restaurants come and go, most recently Madeo and Domo before that.  Now a new contender is giving the tricky location a try.  An ABC application recently went up on the front that doesn’t list a business name.  The applicant is listed as CIP Camden BH Manager LLC.  Could the CIP be a reference to famous Italian brand Cipriani, which was reported to be coming to this address a year and half ago?  Hmmm….

Mrs. Winston’s Closes Ocean Park Location

A beloved neighborhood lunch spot, tucked away just off Ocean Park Blvd. appears to have shuttered.  A reader wrote to tell me that he noticed Mrs. Winston’s at 3150 Ocean Park had closed.  Mrs. Winston’s has been a beloved part of the neighborhood for quite a while and was well known for their popular salad and juice bar.  But don’t worry, you can still get “LA’s Best Salad Bar” at their Century City and Santa Monica Water Garden locations.

Nekter Juice Bar “Not Open To The Public” In Downtown Santa Monica

A longtime provider of healthy juices to the yoga crowd in Downtown Santa Monica has mysteriously closed its doors.  There’s a note on the front of Nekter Juice Bar, at 1422 2nd St. that says they are “currently not open to the public”, whatever that means.  But don’t worry, Nekter has a number of other locations across SoCal, and the US.

Oath Pizza Bringing East Coast “Feel Good” Pies To El Segundo

I had been worried about The Works Shopping Center, tucked in behind it’s big box store neighbor Plaza El Segundo.  Just a short while ago, many of the original tenants had fled the quiet destination.  But hope springs eternal. The Works, at 700 S Allied Way, has been transforming into a food destination.  Along with Veggie Grill and Duff’s Cake Mix, newer tenants include Northern Cafe, Goop Kitchen, and Pinkberry.  And you can add one more: Oath Pizza.  Oath Pizza has locations mostly on the East Coast and offers customizable pies with crusts that are hand-tossed, grilled and seared in avocado oil with handmade sauces and humane meats.  This appears to be SoCal’s first.

Bacio Di Latte Blessing Brentwood Soon…

People go crazy for the luscious gelato at Bacio di Latte in The Westfield Century City Shopping Center.  Now fans in Brentwood won’t have to drive so far.  Window paper is up on the space that was the home of Yogurtland, at 11706 San Vicente, proclaiming the triumphant news that Bacio di Latte is moving in.  You’re welcome.