Harajuku Crepe Folds In Beverly Hills

The City of Beverly Hills should consider rebranding their glamorous downtown as the Golden Devil’s Triangle for its ability to make restaurants disappear.  The latest?  Japanese batter specialist Harajuku Crepe has vacated its space at 9405 S. Santa Monica Blvd.  Not sure what happened, but I’ll keep watching to see what develops…

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D1 Café Vanishes From Westwood

Considering the amount of time they spent on renovating the space, this is certainly sad news…  D1 Café has unceremoniously vacated its location at 10959 Kinross Ave. in Westwood.  I took almost a year and a half from the time I first noticed the extensive construction until their opening.  The space is now gutted.  I’ll keep watching to see what, if anything, moves into the tricky spot.

Update:  A reader let me know that a fire took out D1 in August.  Perhaps they’ll reopen…

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Little Highness Bao Closed In Beverly Hills…

A big available sign in the window of 9667 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills lets us know that after a valiant effort, Little Highness Bao is done dishing dumplings.  Sadly, this  stretch of The Golden Triangle is a historically challenging one for restaurants.  I’ll keep watching to see what develops…

 

 

What’s Going On At Air Food In Santa Monica?

When a promising and plucky new French restaurant burst onto the scene early last year, I was hopeful that Air Food would be a new neighborhood favorite.  But Downtown Santa Monica can be a tricky neighborhood.  By all appearances, it looks like they have abandoned their location at 109 Broadway.  Yelp is reporting them as temporarily closed, but the place is nearly gutted and… we’ve seen this before.

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Jimmy John’s Replacing Subway On Wilshire In Santa Monica

It seems like you can’t swing a dead cat in Santa Monica without hitting a branch of ubiquitous sandwich chain Subway.  That’s why it’s surprising the one located at 3023 Wilshire Blvd. closed down.  And the replacement?  Competitor Jimmy John’s is about to give Santa Monica its first branch.

 

 

Wokcano Explodes In Santa Monica

And while we’re on the subject of closures…  I’m not sure when this happened, but I only recently noticed that Santa Monica’s popular sushi restaurant and after work bar scene Wokcano has quietly disappeared from its location at 1413 5th St. in Downtown Santa Monica. I’ll keep watching to see what hopeful contender may vie for the cavernous space.