Mason Taking Over Sam’s By The Beach In Santa Monica

It wasn’t that long ago that Santa Monica Canyon staple, Sam’s by the Beach went belly up in its location at 108 W Channel Rd.  Since then, I’ve been watching to see what would take over the location.  An ABC application posted on the front lists the new business as Mason.  According to the application, the people behind Mason are Change the Channel LLC.  I’ve tried to dig up more information on the mysterious enterprise, but there’s not much out there yet, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see…




Wall Street Pizza (Finally) Opens

I can’t tell you why it took so long (I first told you about construction back in August of 2016)…  And I can’t confirm any of the wildly imaginative conspiracy theories that some of you offered as explanation…  But what I can tell you is that Wall St Pizza has finally thrown open its doors at 11955 W. Washington Blvd. in Culver City.


Mother’s Market & Kitchen Coming To Manhattan Beach

I recently noticed an ABC application announcing that Orange County’s natural/organic powerhouse Mother’s Market & Kitchen is taking over the old Fresh & Easy space at 1700 Rosecrans Ave. in Manhattan Beach.  Apparently, this is part of a greater push into LA County that has also resulted in the recent opening of a branch in Signal Hill.  Expect a “wide selection for specialized diets, top quality local and organic produce, [and] the county’s largest selection of supplements”, as well as a “beer and wine eating place”.



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.



Gaucho Grill Closes After 25 Years In Brentwood

What’s going on in Brentwood?  Recently a widely popular Peet’s Coffee closed up shop, allegedly due to a jack-up in the rent, sending out shock waves among locals.  And now, right next door at 11754 San Vicente Blvd , a perennially busy Gaucho Grill has pulled out as well.  The melancholic letter on the door lets us know that the date of closure was March 12th.  Even while taking these photos, stunned Brentwood residents who had come for dinner were expressing their disbelief and protestations to me.  With cultish Pizzana, and upcoming Mendocino Farms and Jon & Vinny’s Italian, the Brentwood dining scene appears to be rapidly changing…


Guyi Restaurant Soft Opens In Brentwood

Well that didn’t take long… It was only last month when I noticed a small poster on the space at the top of the Brentwood Gardens, at 11677 San Vicente Blvd., inscrutably announcing a new restaurant.  Wasting no time whatsoever, Guyi Restaurant is now in their soft opening.  I had previously wondered if they were related to a restaurant in China, but have since discovered that this is their first outpost.  Look for a menu of authentic Sichuan/Northern Chinese food in a bright airy setting.  And, until March 14th, you get 30% off the check.