Bok Bok Mediterranean Flies The Coop In Century City

The Westfield Century City Shopping Center continues to hemorrhage eateries.  A reader (Thanks Jerry!) reached out to let me know that Bok Bok Mediterranean has disappeared from the food court.  Bok Bok only opened back in 2020.  This leaves another conspicuous hole in the sputtering food court.

Bread & Porridge Disappears From Santa Monica

I heard from a reader (Thanks Debbie!) that Santa Monica’s perennially popular under-the-radar neighborhood breakfast joint Bread & Porridge had abandoned their longtime location at 2315 Wilshire.  I had been watching the space, which has been idle for a few weeks, to see what was going on.  Last month a notice in the window explained that they were taking a temporary “break from operations”.  Since then, a for lease notice has appeared in the window so I assume there is no hope for reopening at this location. They will be sorely missed by their legions of fans who have made this humble restaurant an A.M. fave since 1994.

Sushi Sho Decamps From Montana Ave.

Modest Sushi Sho has been quietly dishing fish to the good people of NoMa from its humble storefront at 1303 Montana Ave. in Santa Monica for a very long time.  Sadly, almost overnight it has completely pulled up stakes.  But something appears to be quickly moving in.  As soon as I find out what that is I’ll let you know…

 

Wienerschnitzel Bites The Dust In Santa Monica

The A-frame of Santa Monica’s fossilized outpost of tube steak chain Wienerschnitzel has been a fixture along Pico Blvd. for as long as anyone can remember.  But alas, no longer.  A reader (Thanks John!) wrote to tell me of its closure at 3010 Pico.  Sure enough, all signs have been pulled down, the place is gutted, and a hastily-written note proclaims it permanently closed.  Wienerschnitzel was founded in Wilmington CA in 1961 and was a marvel of midcentury fast food chains.  Truly the end of an era.

Islands Sank In MDR

I’ve been hearing from surprised readers that one of The Westside’s last remaining outposts of Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks has disappeared overnight from its longstanding home at 404 Washington Blvd. in Marina Del Rey.  As you can see, all signage has been pulled down and the place looks deserted.  The Santa Monica Mirror confirmed the sad news yesterday, and lets us know that the next closest branch is in Westchester.

Prime Pizza Replacing Grey Block In Santa Monica

A sharp-eyed reader (Thanks Andrew!) spotted a note taped to the front door of of Grey Block Pizza at 1811 Pico Blvd.  The note simply says, “Grey Block Pizza closed Prime Pizza coming soon”.  You may recall that Prime Pizza recently opened a branch in West LA, as well as other locations, and promises “authentic NY style Pizza”.

SMiZE Cream Done Smiling In Santa Monica

That didn’t take long…  Back in February, I told you about the arrival of SMiZE Cream to the space formerly occupied by Ugo Cafe in Santa Monica Place.  You may recall that TV personality and model Tyra Banks was behind the premium ice cream project.  Sadly, it appears that they have cleared off from Downtown Santa Monica.  Their website says that they are switching to a delivery model.  

Dun Huang Done In Westwood?

It caused quite a stir when I reported that LA was to get a branch of New York’s Dun Huang at 1081 Gayley in Westwood.  Dun Huang specializes in Northwest Chinese food and was known for their impressive noodles.  But now there’s a ‘spaces available’ sign hanging on the front and a look through he paper on the front door reveals that interior is gutted and hasn’t been touched in a long time.  Does this mean after all that effort, they are done?  I’ll keep watching…

Cava Restaurant & Bar Closes On Coast Village Rd, Montecito Weeps…

I was shocked to discover on a recent trip to Santa Barbara that perennial favorite Cava Restaurant & Bar has closed up shop after 25 years.  The elegant Mexican eatery had been an iconic presence on Coast Village Rd. in Montecito and was known for brunch and margaritas.  SantaBarbara.com has the owner, Carlos López-Hollis‘ gracious goodbye and explanation, in which he cites the Thomas Fire and Pandemic as reasons.  Sad…

Allora Pizza Gone From El Segundo

Sadly, it appears that Allora Pizza has quit its location at 829 N. Douglas St. in El Seguno after less than a year.  Allora took over the space from short-lived Il Romanista, which made a splash claiming to be LA’s first Roman-style pizza al taglio.  Allora was the third pizza joint in a row to inhabit the unlucky address.

Treats Frozen Yogurt Quits Santa Monica

I heard from a concerned reader (Thanks Justin!) who was lamenting the closure of Treats Frozen Yogurt at 1700 Ocean Park Blvd. in Santa Monica.  The icy confection shop was a neighborhood gathering spot and much beloved by locals.  A gracious hand-written note on the front door thanks “family and friends” for a “decade of fun”.  Sad.

P.F. Chang’s Disappearing Act In Santa Monica

I’ve been out of town for a few days and returned home to a stuffed inbox with messages from perplexed and shocked locals lamenting the quick and unceremonious disappearance of Santa Monica’s branch of Asian-ish eatery and longtime corner of 4th and Wilshire anchor P.F. Chang’s.  All signs have been ripped down, and as you can see, the front is boarded over.  Disheartened die-hard fans are seeking answers, so if you have more information, let me know…

Bandera Bids Bye-Bye To Brentwood

So… this may come as a bit of a shock to you so you may want to fix yourself a Manhattan, lower the lights, put on some Bill Evans, and sit down.  One of the questions I most frequently get asked is if Bandera would be reopening.  As you probably know, Bandera has remained shuttered, probably due to the fact that the majority of the space was a bar.  Known for their mood lighting, stiff cocktails, jazz trios, and excellent Dover sole, Brentwood’s beloved branch of The Hillstone Restaurant Group was a popular nightlife spot for many years at 11700 Wilshire Blvd.  I now have it on good authority that Bandera will not be reopening at this location.  Better make that Manhattan a double.

Cabo Cantina Won’t Be Returning To Brentwood

I’ve been telling you how hard the COVID closures have been on bars.  It looks like we have another casualty in Brentwood.  While their other branches have opened outdoors, the location of wildly popular watering hole and hook-up joint Cabo Cantina at 11829 Wilshire didn’t have a lot of options.  They have been shuttered for the duration, but I had no confirmation of a permanent closure.  Now, sadly, a for lease sign has gone up on the front giving proof that they have indeed given up the ghost.

St. Marc Gone From Century City

It appears that cafe/pub St. Marc has departed its location on the first floor of the Westfield Century City Shopping Center.  I’m not sure what happened as there’s no message on their website, but all the signage has been pulled down.  Seizing the opportunity, long-time Century City Italian restaurant Toscanova is appropriating their outdoor dining space.

Hurry Curry Of Tokyo Quits Sawtelle Japantown

I’ve been hearing from devastated readers mourning the loss of a favorite Westside eatery.  After 33 years, Hurry Curry of Tokyo has cleared out of their location at 2131 Sawtelle Blvd. at the end of February.  Hurry Curry of Tokyo was an institution and was instrumental in the transformation of Sawtelle Japantown into the dining powerhouse it currently is.  According to the gracious notice on their website, they lost their lease.  All may not be lost however, they are hinting at a relocation, and they still have locations in Seattle.

ISno Cafe Gone From Downtown Santa Monica

I first noticed banners declaring the intended arrival of “shaved snow creation” shop iSno Cafe in January of 2019.  It took them a year, but they opened in January of 2020.  And now in less than a year, sadly, they have closed their doors at 1260 Third St. Promenade.  COVID to blame?

Ramayani Gone From Westwood

On a tip from a reader (Thanks Ely!) I went by 1777 Westwood Blvd. to see what was going on with beloved Indonesian institution Ramayani.  It looks like they won’t be reopening at this location.  There’s a for lease sign hanging on the front.  Truly a sad day for West LA’s dining scene.  Their website does promise a resurrection in the San Fernando Valley “soon”.  We wish them luck.

Bar News…

Of all businesses affected by COVID, bars have been some of the hardest hit.  They were forced to close early in the pandemic, and most have remained dormant since.  One wonders if the industry will survive.  Sadly, it appears one bar didn’t.  I’ve been keeping an eye on the plywood covering Brentwood’s popular pick-up spot Bruhaus, at 11831 Wilshire Blvd., for any signs of life.  Recently a reader (Thanks Tara!) who’d been doing the same let me know that confirmation of Bruhaus‘ fate recently appeared on the front.  A prominent for lease sign lets us know that Bruhaus won’t be reopening.

In other bar news, an ABC application recently appeared on the front of the normally crowded neighborhood dive JP’s Sports Bar & Grill, on the corner of 11th and Wilshire in Santa Monica.  The application is a transfer to a new owner, so it appears JP’s may be returning.  We wish them the best of luck.