It was only back in June when I told you about the sad disappearance of popular gelato spot Grom from its location at 3888 Cross Creek Rd. in Malibu. Wasting no time whatsoever, a new caffeine and icy treat shop has sprung up in Grom‘s former digs. Electrically named Joules & Watts Coffee recently opened and is offering their proprietary specialty weekly-roasted coffee as well as ice cream. We wish them the best of luck…
I love a good teaser campaign… We can tell that a new cafe and bakery is on the way to 2024 Broadway in Santa Monica because of the prominent banner and window display. They just neglected to tell us the name of the new spot, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see what it will be called. Apparently we can expect breakfast, lunch, European pastries and cakes.
In its previous incarnations, the space at 184 N. Cannon Dr. has been various restaurants, a jazz club, and even a macrame lounge. But they’ve all gone by the wayside, perhaps due to being upstaged by perennially glam next door neighbor Spago. Now it appears a plucky new contender is about to give the tricky location a go. An ABC application on the front is announcing that something called Nusret Beverly Hills is intent on moving in. What should we expect? I’m not certain, but perhaps there’s a clue here. We wish them the best of luck.
On a tip from a reader (Thanks Jeremy!) I went by to check out what was going on in the bolthole space that used to be the home of L Kitchen at 952 Gayley in Westwood Village. Sure enough, paper is covering the window and informing us that something is coming. While I can’t read the writing on the front, one small detail is written in English: Let’s Go 4 Tea, which I’m guessing is the name. I assume that this will be another tea and boba shop. If you have other information, let me know…
We all know The Beverly Hills Hotel. And we all know The Palm. But the Beverly Hills Palm Hotel? Well, that’s the unlikely business name listed on an ABC application pasted to the front of the diminutive former home of the Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop at 9685 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills. Since I can’t find out much information or any links to either of these two storied Beverly Hills institutions, I’m afraid we’ll just have to wait and see what develops…
A few years ago when it opened, Ippudo caused quite a stir with its tonkotsu ramen that was a huge hit in New York. But things have changed. Ippudo is no more. And what’s next for the space at 1403 2nd St.? Why none other than expanding dumpling and noodle chain Dan Modern Chinese. According to their website, they’ll also be opening in Playa Vista and Manhatten Beach soon as well.
It was a little over two years ago that I told you about the arrival of “Japanese izakaya” restaurant Kopan Ramen to the space at 1091 Broxton in Westwood. Sadly, it appears that they have given up the ghost. All signs are down and plywood still covers the front. I’ll keep watching to see what may develop.
On a tip from a reader (Thanks Michael!) I went by to see what was going on in the new commercial development at 3008 Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica. It took me a while to spot the sign, but it appears that something called Kohi Cafe is coming to the corner spot on Stanford. Can’t find much information on the new restaurant, but I’ll keep watching…
On a tip from a reader, I went by the site of the erstwhile Brentwood Restaurant & Lounge at 148 S Barrington to see what was going on. Sure enough, the previously understated exterior has been transformed into a bright and sunny facade announcing the arrival of a new venture, Baja Norte. The website lets us know that this is a new project of chef Bruce Marder (West Beach Cafe, Rebecca’s, The Rooster, Capo). Apparently, Baja Norte was born out of an exploration of his “Mexican food roots” during quarantine. You can check out the menus and read more here.
A new ABC application recently went up on the front of the currently closed-for-renovation Viceroy Hotel on the corner of Pico and Ocean in Santa Monica. While it doesn’t give us the name of the restaurant, it does promise that an eatery will be coming to the iconic property. You may recall that The Viceroy’s previous restaurant was called Whist and subsequently Cast, and in the past has been helmed at different turns by Tim Goodell and Tony DiSalvo. The website says the name of the new restaurant is Sugar Palm Ocean Avenue, and you can catch a glimpse of it through the front door. I’ll keep watching to see what develops.
The story that has garnered the most interest on this blog recently has been the disappearance of neighborhood coffee shops, and in particular, the mass extinction of SoCal’s beloved The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Thank you to all the readers who sent me news that the CBTL at 9th and Wilshire in Santa Monica has now also succumbed. There is still one extant Coffee Bean in the Third St. Promenade, and I went in today to have a look. The lack of customers, and low inventory of food left me wondering what its future may be… What’s going on? I’m not certain, but perhaps there’s a clue here.
As you know if you read this blog, coffee shops are getting hammered right now. Peets, The Coffee Bean, and even Starbucks have all been closing locations recently. And now it looks like the newish Bluestone Lane is leaving its location at 9523 S. Santa Monica, in the Golden Triangle. The large for lease sign in the window appears to confirm it.
I first told you about the arrival of seafood bar Shuck House to the food court of the Century City Shopping Center back in 2018. Sadly, it appears they have given up the ghost. Plywood is now covering the space. I’ll keep watching to see what develops…
Despite this difficult time, a charming new eatery has descended to earth to spread a little love. Meet Papille Gustative (“taste bud” in French), which recently opened its bright and sunny storefront at 2823 Main St. in Santa Monica. The menu was described to me as modern farm-to-table healthy California cuisine using regionally-sourced ingredients. Currently, they are only open for breakfast and lunch, but plans are underway for dinner and a liquor license as well. And with the repurposing of Main St. to accomidate outdoor dining, there are also tables for al fresco eating. Check out that menu, and read more here. We wish them the best of luck.
We could all use more good news right now… While many restaurants are challenged or closing, it’s encouraging to see new eateries on the way. On the second floor of the Westfield Century City Shopping Center, in the erstwhile Petros space, plywood is covering the front with an announcement that Zinqué is bringing its sunny vision of French charm to the mall. Looks like they’re shooting for a Fall opening.
It appears that West LA’s branch of Ono Hawaii BBQ has gotten into a bit of hot water at 12115 Santa Monica Blvd. There’s a closure notice affixed to the front door from the Department of Public Health citing “live cockroaches”. Not sure what their path forward will be, but we wish them the best of luck.
Plywood is up on a commodious space on the first floor of the Westfield Century City Shoping Center announcing the arrival of Cafe Landwer. The Cafe, which has two other US locations in Boston, started out as a coffee bar in Germany in 1919, later moving to Israel, where it continues to roast coffee and operate a number of locations of Cafe Landwer. Expect a menu with a variety of choices including shakshuka, bowls, schnitzel, burgers, pizza, and pasta.
With all the depressing news of closures, it’s good to see new restaurants coming. Back in October of last year, I told you about the disappearance of El Pollo Loco from its location at 1081 Gayley in Westwood. It appears a new eatery is going to give the space a go. Signs are up announcing that Dun Huang is moving in. I believe its the same Dun Huang that has locations in New York and one CA location in Rowland Heights. If that is the case, we can expect Northwestern Chinese food on offer, and apparently epic handmade noodles. We wish them the best of luck.
Yikes! Ever since I first started telling you about the mass extinction of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf from the Westside, I’ve been hearing from horrified fans mourning the loss of even more neighborhood CBTLs. The Coffee Bean on the corner of Second and Santa Monica Blvd. is now gone. The CBTL on the corner of Wilshire and Federal has disappeared. And, while I haven’t checked it out personally, readers are telling me that The Coffee Bean on the corner of Lincoln and Manchester is now caput. Lots of you have been sending me theories on why this is happening, but if you have definite information, please let us know…
I’ve some sad news for the legions of gelato fans who trecked to Malibu for a taste of Italy… Grom Malibu appears to have vacated its long-held location at 3888 Cross Creek Rd. Not sure what happened, but the signage has been pulled down and paper is covering the windows. I’ll keep an eye on the space.