Fast Food Options Coming To Pico/Lincoln

The strip mall on the corner of Lincoln and Pico in Santa Monica is a popular one:  It sits close to SaMo High.  Many of the restaurants vacated their spaces as the complex closed for a major remodel.  Now the fast food is beginning to trickle back in.  It looks like the burger chain about to release its IPO, Fatburger, is diving in, as is Buffalo’s World Famous Wings, and Firehouse Subs.


Couscous A Gogo Gone Gone?

It wasn’t that long age that I first told you about a new North African-influenced restaurant going into the space at 9533 S. Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills.  Lasting a little over a year, it sadly appears that Couscous A Gogo has vacated the location.  The awnings have been pulled down, their phone number no longer works, and the space is being gutted.  This is a tough stretch of Santa Monica Blvd:  puffy meringue people Bo Nuage recently quit their space, and remember Beverly Hills Beignet?  I’ll keep watching to see what develops.


The Seafood Bar Coming To The South Bay Galleria

I recently noticed that something called simply The Seafood Bar is landing on the second floor of the South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach, which by the way is looking forward to a major remodel. Not much information out there on this, but I’ll take a wild stab in guessing that fish will be on the menu. I’ll keep watching as more develops…


Harujuku Taproom Bringing Craft Beer Izakaya From Tokyo To Culver City

Recently I noticed plywood covering a smallish space at 4410 Sepulveda Blvd. in Culver City, and a banner announcing the impending arrival of something called Harujuku Taproom.  As it turns out, this modest beginning will be a branch of a popular Tokyo chain of craft beer izakaya restaurants featuring Baird Beer.  According to the website, we can expect a menu of “traditional light izakaya fare and an assortment of meat & vegetable skewers (kushiyaki) grilled right before your eyes”.  No word on an opening date, but until then, you can get a glimpse of what the finished product will look like on their Facebook page…


St. Supéry Beverly Hills Details…

Since I first told you about the mysterious ABC license posted on the tony space at 408 N. Rodeo Dr. in Beverly Hills, a great many of you have been checking for details, so here you go…  I recently heard from a spokesperson from the Napa Valley winery listed on the application, St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery.  She informed me that the winery is opening an elegant tasting salon at this location that will showcase their white and red varietals of Bordeaux.  I’m told the space will evoke a “modern French parlor complimented by Napa Valley chic” with bistro tables, a palette of black, gold, and white, and a custom bar that will serve flights, glasses, and bottles of wine.  They’ll be running their salon through August of next year.  Look for the opening soon.  You’re welcome.