Is The Gallery In SM Under Construction… Again?

The mystery continues…  Back in June of 2015 renovation began on the shabby old food court The Gallery at 1315 Third St. Promenade in Santa Monica.  Excitement heightened when it reopened and restaurants started trickling in.  And then something went wrong.  The restaurants that had opened moved out and The Gallery sat empty.  Then, last week, the windows were papered over and a required construction sign has appeared in the window.  If anyone has any information, let me know as this story has been keenly followed by a great number of you…

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Swirl Soft Serve Coming Soon To Hawthorne

The signs are up on the space at 5263 Rosecrans Blvd. in Hawthorne announcing that soon a new frozen treat shop will be throwing open its doors.  According to the window paper, Swirl Soft Serve will be specializing in hand swirled dairy, non-diary, and vegan ice cream and sundaes.  It looks like they’re shooting for a mid-April opening.

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TV’s Cake Boss Bringing Confectionary Creations To Downtown Santa Monica…

Sadly, it looks like retail shoe store Lorin is going out of business at 1354 3rd St. Promenade in Downtown Santa Monica.  Why am I telling you this?  Because if you look at the storefront carefully, you’ll see a notice of pending design review in the lower right corner.  The notice informs us that “a new bakery” will be taking over.  If we look closely at the artist’s rendering, the name of the new bakery will be Carlo’s Bake Shop.  Apparently Carlo’s Bake Shop is another name for none other than New Jersey’s Carlo’s Bakery of TLC’s Cake Boss fame.  This would be the chain’s first West Coast location.

 

Little Asia Triumphantly Returns To Hawthorne

Popular local institution Little Asia served the good people of Hawthorne for many years on the corner of El Segundo Blvd. and Hawthorne Blvd.  Then, about three years ago, they were tragically forced to close their doors after a fire caused significant damage.  For some reason, possibly due to the City’s renovation projects, they have not returned to their old location.  And that was the end of that… or so we thought.  Here’s good news for all of you fans:  Signs are up on a major remodel of the space at 4624 W. Imperial Highway in Hawthorne announcing their triumphant return.  It looks like they still have a way to go, but I’ll keep watching as things develop…

North Italia Landing In Downtown Santa Monica

It wasn’t that long ago that I told you that Buca Di Beppo had closed its doors at 1442 2nd St, sparking a conversation about the viability of any restaurant in the pricey and complicated Santa Monica and LA market.  Now it looks like another national Italian brand is going to give it a try.  A sign is up on the construction plywood at the old Buca space announcing that it will soon be the home of a branch of North Italia.  There’s reason to hope that they will have a better run than their predecessor:  They know a thing or two about Downtown Santa Monica.  Within a block in either direction are two other restaurants from North Italia’s parent company Fox Restaurant Concepts, Flower Child and True Food Kitchen. We wish them the best of luck.

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A Reat Treat Candy Boutique Turns Sour In SM

A Real Treat Candy Boutique caused a sensation when it first opened as a pop-up in 2013, and later landed in Santa Monica.  Offering “better” candy options that were free from artificial junk, they were lauded by LA Weekly in 2016.  Sadly, it appears that things have gone sour, as a large for lease sign is now tacked to the front of their brick and mortar at 2724 Main St.  I’ll keep my eye on the space to see what moves in…

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