It looks like they’ve figured out what to do with the last remaining open stalls in The Gallery Food Hall at 1350 Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. With such high-profile tenants as Dialogue, STRFSH, and Paperboy Pizza, I’m sure they chose carefully. At any rate, the still-undeveloped part of the first floor is now under plywood proudly declaring that Social Eats is moving in. Social Eats is a K2 project (STRFSH, Paperboy, Nighthawk), and will be a collection of five different eateries, or so I’m told. As you can see, expect beer and wine as well.
A reader (Thanks CK!) sent me to check out what was going on at the old Café Brentwood space, in the prominent corner location at 150 S Barrington Ave. in Brentwood Village. A new ABC application is posted in the window of the tricky space announcing the arrival of Sushi Miyagi. There is not much information out there on Sushi Miyagi, and a search of the name on the application reveals little as well, so let me know if you have more information…
This weekend, May 18 and 19, ARTsea returns to Mother’s Beach (4101 Admiralty Way) in Marina del Rey. Expect a varied itinerary of art, dance, music, beer and wine, and food, with 16 food trucks scheduled including Cousin’s Maine Lobster, Baby’s Badass Burgers, and Blast Ice Cream. “Marina del Rey’s party on the beach” is free and runs from 11am to 10pm Saturday and 11am to 6pm Sunday. Read more, including where to park and/or catch a shuttle, here.
Thanks to a sharp-eyed reader (Thanks ML!), I went to check out what was going on at 120 S. Linden Dr., a small freestanding hut in a parking lot behind a building on Wilshire. A while ago, it used to house a hidden locals-only restaurant, Cool Basil Thai Bistro, that folded in 2016. The space has sat empty since then. But there are indications of activity, and a large sign on Linden announces that this will soon be the home of Guisados. Originally from Boyle Heights, and with locations dotting the Southland, Guisados offers a menu of traditional Mexican homestyle braises served with handmade tortillas, beans, and rice.
I recently noticed a sign change at Santa Monica’s popular plant-based bastion Golden Mean Cafe, so I popped in to check out what was going on at their 1028 Wilshire Blvd space. New owners have taken over from Golden Mean and renamed it Viva Vegan. But besides the rebranding, I was assured that everything else will remain the same. And yes, you can still get the much-lauded “works” burger.
The Lord giveth French restaurants, and the Lord taketh away French restaurants… In sad news, it appears that after 25 years, quiet neighborhood charmer Le Petit Café will be closing their doors for good on May 11th. Here is their gracious good-bye note to their devoted fans:
“It is with sadness that we inform you that our last day of business will be Saturday, May 11th, 2109. After much deliberation, we have decided to close. This was not an easy decision by any means, as Le Petit Cafe is our second home, our loyal employees and customers are our second family. We have had the pleasure of serving you all for these last 25 years and they are 25 years we will forever hold close to our hearts. Thank you for your support.
We wish them the best of luck…
Thanks to a tip from a reader, I went to check out what was going on at the former La Scala space at 11740 San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood, after La Scala’s recent relocation to Wilshire Blvd. Sure enough, a new ABC application is posted on the front. While no business name is listed, the applicant tracks to a location in Culver City, which happens to be French charmer Meet In Paris. So I called Meet In Paris and spoke to a source who told me that the Brentwood space will soon be the home of a second branch of Larchmont Village’s Café Parisien, sister restaurant to Meet In Paris. I’m told that the menu will be similar to the Meet In Paris menu, but with a stronger emphasis on dinner, like Café Parisien. They’re shooting for an end of May opening, “fingers crossed”. We wish them the best of luck…