Le Petit Café Bids A Sad Adieu To Santa Monica…

The Lord giveth French restaurants, and the Lord taketh away French restaurants…  In sad news, it appears that after 25 years, quiet neighborhood charmer Le Petit Café will be closing their doors for good on May 11th.  Here is their gracious good-bye note to their devoted fans:

“It is with sadness that we inform you that our last day of business will be Saturday, May 11th, 2109. After much deliberation, we have decided to close. This was not an easy decision by any means, as Le Petit Cafe is our second home, our loyal employees and customers are our second family. ​We have had the pleasure of serving you all for these last 25 years and they are 25 years we will forever hold close to our hearts. Thank you for your support.

Affectuesement.

Robert Bourget.”

We wish them the best of luck…

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Sugarfina Sours In Beverly Hills

If you follow this blog, then you know what a tricky market S. Santa Monica Blvd. is in the Golden Triangle of Beverly Hills.  Courageous contenders routinely come and go.  The latest to go?  It appears that high-end candy shop Sugarfina has pulled up stakes at their 9495 S. Santa Monica Blvd. location leaving a gaping cavity on the glittery street.

P.F. Chang’s Finished In Santa Monica?

And while we’re on the subject of P.F. Chang’s, here’s more bad news…  A sharp-eyed reader (Thanks E.R.!) noticed that P.F. Chang’s building at 326 Wilshire Blvd. was listed as up for lease last week.  There aren’t any obvious signs that it will be closing, and they certainly still seem busy, but if the if the LoopNet ad is to be believed, they’ll be out before July 1.  I don’t know what’s going on at P.F. Chang’s, but this certainly doesn’t look good following the recent closure of their El Segundo location as well.

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Chin Chin, BBCM Coming To El Segundo

It looks like P.F. Chang’s is out from its longtime location at 2041 Rosecrans Suite 120 in El Segundo.  And replacing it?  Banners are up letting us know that a brand new branch of dim sum and Chinese chicken salad experts Chin Chin will soon be moving in.  But that’s not all…  There’s also a banner trumpeting the arrival of BBCM to the same location.  In case you’re unfamiliar with the mini chain, BBCM stands for “The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker” and offers a menu of “modern California cuisine with European influences” and baked goods in a bright and cheerful setting.

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Café Crepe Caput In Downtown Santa Monica

Café Crepe has long anchored the corner of Broadway and The Third St. Promenade, and was perpetually crowded with tourists.  So it comes as a surprise that they have abruptly and unceremoniously closed up shop.  A brief note on the door bids a quick Au Revoir, and mentions the Canadian company’s other LA location, at Union Station.

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Sammy’s Pizza Disappears From El Segundo

The El Segundo restaurant scene continues its volatile ride…  It appears that OG Plaza El Segundo eatery Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill has quit its space at 780 S Sepulveda Blvd.  I had thought maybe they were remodeling, but the place is gutted and the signs have come down.  It looks like something new is coming because the construction is fast and furious.  I’ll keep watching to see what develops.

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Extreme Pizza Closed In Westwood

Pizza competition is stiff in student overrun Westwood.  It’s the ideal grab-and-go for the academic set and bolthole pizza restaurants abound.  A large for lease sign on the front lets us know that one casualty is Extreme Pizza at 1067 Glendon Ave.  Not sure what happened, but I’ll keep watching to see what may move in.ExtremePizza.jpg