Carl’s Jr. Closes In Santa Monica

In Santa Monica, where there’s a dearth of fast food choices, a drive-through restaurant closure stands out. On a tip from a reader (Thanks Joe!), I went to check out what was going on at the Carl’s Jr. at 2727 Santa Monica Blvd.  The location is indeed closed, and the entire property has been fenced off.  I’m not sure if this is permanent or a remodel, so I’ll keep watching…

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Chou Chou French Patisserie & Café Closes In Santa Monica

Sadly, after a valiant effort, Santa Monica’s French charmer Chou Chou Café has closed up shop.  A gracious note taped to the front of the troubled space at 313 Wilshire Blvd. thanks patrons and promises a relocation soon.  We wish them the best of luck.  I’ll keep watching to see what develops.

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Panera Closes In Beverly Hills

What’s going on at Panera Bread?  Recently, the (newish) Westwood branch abruptly closed up shop.  On a tip from a reader (Thanks Shawn!), I went to check out the (also newish) Beverly Hills location at 239 S Beverly Dr.  Sure enough, a note taped to the front door explains that they have “permanently closed”.  Could this indicate trouble for the popular bakery/sandwich chain?

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Fork-In Aussie Pies Closes August 31 In Santa Monica: New French Restaurant Expected

Comfort food expert Fork-In Aussie Pie Kitchen is closing its beach adjacent location at 2510 Main St. Suite B in Santa Monica.  But no need to feel sorry for them.  They are actually closing this location so they can focus on expanding the brand, including into retail according to a spokesperson.  And what’s next for the prime space?  I was informed by the Aussie Pie folks that a new French restaurant is moving in.  An ABC application is posted, but no business name is listed.  The applicant, Maison Thouvard LLC, has ties to Santa Barbara.

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Pieology Pizzeria Disappears From Westwood

Could this indicate a slowdown in the build-your-own pizza trend?  On a tip from a reader (Thanks Joey!), I went to check out what was going on at Pieology Pizzeria at 920 Broxton Ave.in Westwood Village.  As it turns out, it has closed down.  A note taped to the front door confirms it.  I’m a bit surprised by this.  Even in pizza saturated Westwood, it’s hard to comprehend why ever-popular Pieology, of all places, would pull up stakes.  I’ll keep watching to see what may develop…

Pradeep’s Closes In Santa Monica: New Mexican Restaurant Expected…

Sadly, after 23 years, beloved neighborhood institution Pradeep’s Indian Cuisine has closed up shop at 1405 Montana Ave.  Check out their gracious goodbye note below.  Wasting no time whatsoever, a new eatery appears to be moving in.  While I don’t have any concrete information, I’m hearing whispers that it will be a Mexican restaurant.  I’ll keep watching…

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