Il Forno Caldo Closes In Beverly Hills

And while we’re on the subject of stunning closures…   Long time Beverly Hills traditional Italian restaurant Il Forno Caldo has quit its location at 9705 S Santa Monica Blvd.  I’m not sure what happened, and their website doesn’t give any clues, but as I’ve mentioned before, this is a notoriously fickle stretch of Beverly Hills when it comes to restaurants.




Bar * Food Vanishes

Quirky neighborhood hang-out spot Bar * Food has flown the coop at 12217 Wilshire Blvd. in Brentwood.  The front is completely covered in plywood and their website has vanished.  Not sure what happened or what may be taking over, but I’ll keep watching…


La Sirena Grill Closes In El Segundo…

If you follow this blog, you know how competitive the food scene in El Segundo is.  Case in point:  Once popular Mexican restaurant La Sirena Grill has closed up shop at 710-D Allied Way as the hungry aerospace crowds have moved on to Apollo Landing and The Point.  I’ll keep watching to see what develops.


American Tea Room Closes All Locations…

It wasn’t that long ago that American Tea Room at 401 N. Canon Drive in Beverly Hills underwent a major renovation and triumphantly reopened.  Recently, however, I noticed a for lease sign on the space.  A letter posted on the front door explains that they have made an “incredibly tough decision to close” all three of their locations (Beverly Hills, the Arts District, Newport Beach).  They are continuing to offer teas on their website.ATR2.jpgATR1.jpg

O & O Sicilian Kitchen & Bar Closes In SM

This week I heard from a reader (Thanks FG!) who told me about the closure of O & O Sicilian Kitchen & Bar at 1705 Ocean Ave Suite #111 in Santa Monica.  I went by to check it out…  While there is no notice posted and their website is still functioning, Yelp is reporting them as closed and the space is being gutted.  Courageously opening in a challenging location back in 2016, it appears the foot traffic simply wasn’t on their side.  Sad to see them go…



What’s Going On At The Old L’Ami Space In Santa Monica?

What’s going on behind those imposing wrought iron gates at 246 26th St. in Santa Monica that used to hide L’Ami, and before that The Little Door, and before that Villetta?  It has sat empty and idle ever since L’Ami disappeared sometime in 2017.  But a carefully tucked away ABC application reveals that there are signs of life.  The app lists the applicant as Operation Success LLC and gives no business name.  A search reveals few clues.  I guess we’ll have to wait and see what develops…


Lyfe Kitchen Expires In Playa Vista

I recently noticed that purveyors of modern comfort food Lyfe Kitchen have pulled up stakes in their Runway Playa Vista location at 12746 W Jefferson Blvd.  A sign on the door confirms the sad news.  Lyfe Kitchen has a rocky history to begin with, but I wonder if the bigger news is the Runway itself.  With a captive audience of residents in the Playa Vista developments along Jefferson, you’d think that the Runway would be teeming with hungry patrons.  And yet, since opening, they have never been able to fill all of the empty new storefronts.  A great many still remain unoccupied.  And now Lyfe Kitchen pulls out…  Could this be an indication of trouble for the newish shopping/dining district?