Musha Closes In Downtown Santa Monica

I recently noticed that long-standing local fave Japanese bolthole Musha Tokyo Cuisine has quit its Downtown Santa Monica location at 424 Wilshire Blvd.  The windows are covered over and the restaurant appears to be undergoing renovation.  I originally wondered if they were remodeling since there is no for lease sign on the front.  But Yelp is reporting them closed and their website isn’t functioning, so I’m assuming the worst.  Let me know if you have any information, but I’ll keep watching…

 

 

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Spazio Caffe Disappears From Montana Ave.

It was back in 2012 when I first noticed that a branch of Italian coffee specialists Spazio Caffe was on its way to 1511A Montana Ave. in Santa Monica.  Having built a loyal local following, it’s a bit surprising to discover that they have abandoned the location.  The space is completely gutted.  I’m not sure what happened but I’ll keep watching to see what develops. Spazio.jpg

 

Panera Bread Closes In Westwood

On a tip from a reader (Thanks Steve), I went by to check out what was going on at Westwood’s branch of sandwich chain Panera Bread.  A large space available sign on the front confirms that they have indeed vacated the location at 1145 Westwood Blvd.  Not sure what happened, although I can’t help but wonder if stiff competition from their ever popular neighbor Ike’s had something to do with it.  I’ll keep watching to see what may develop…

 

 

CrepeMaker Done, The Market Converts Into A Museum In Santa Monica Place

Still more signs of trouble for the consistently sputtering food scene in Santa Monica Place.  It appears that another of the concessions on the third floor has disappeared.  CrepeMaker has unceremoniously vacated its food court location.  In other news…  If you were hopeful that the failed The Market space might return with the promise of a new food venture, I’m afraid your hopes are about to be dashed on the rocks.  In case you haven’t heard,  the space is being converted into the Zimmer Children’s Museum, at least according to the new window displays.  Perhaps the Dudes’ Brewing Company, currently under construction, will breathe new life into the third floor.

 

The Refinery Ceases Production In Downtown Santa Monica

Bursting on the scene back in 2012, The Refinery specialized in brew-to-order drip coffee.  Sadly, it appears that they have disappeared from their space at 413 Santa Monica Blvd. in Downtown Santa Monica.  An impressive note on the door graciously says goodbye to many of their loyal customers, each listed by name.

Greek Cuisine Stop’n Café Closes In Santa Monica To Make Way For…

A sad day for old school Santa Monica aficionados…  Recently, after 30 years, Downtown Santa Monica staple Greek Cuisine Stop’n Café closed its iconic location at 1237 3rd Street Promenade.  A gracious note posted on the front door offers gratitude to the community and explains that they have, “decided to pass on this beautiful location to the next generation of entrepreneurs.”  And who might that entrepreneur be?  An ABC application on the front of the space reveals that it is none other than a familiar purveyor of diminutive burgers that is bent on world domination…  Burgerim.

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