Grom Gone From Malibu

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.

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Mirame Coming Soon To Beverly Hills

I looks like The Golden Triangle is about to get a fresh eatery.  Almost immediately after Gratitude Kitchen & Bar moved out of its location at 419 N Canon Dr. in February, work on a new restaurant began.  Now we know what’s coming.  The new restaurant’s name is Mirame, and  I’m told the menu will be “Mexican”.  They are shooting for a July 11 opening.  We wish them the best of luck.

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Peet’s Coffee Disappears From Beverly Hills

Times have most certainly not been good for coffee joints.  If you’ve been reading this site, you know that The Coffee Bean has been hit particularly hard.  But just recently, I noticed that Peet’s Coffee has quit its location at 258 S Beverly Dr. in Bevery Hills.  I don’t think we’re done with this trend yet…

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Wahoo’s Fish Taco Quits Santa Monica…

SoCal native Wahoo’s Fish Taco appears to be quiting their longtime address at 418 Wilshire Blvd. in Downtown Santa Monica.  A sharp-eyed reader (Thanks Trent!) spotted the for lease sign hanging on the front.  Since their Brentwood location closed last year, there are currently no Westside location except in LAX.  Not sure what happened, but I’ll keep watching to see what develops.

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Wine At Fred Segal Malibu?

Recently, I noticed an ABC application affixed to the window of Malibu’s branch of cutting-edge retailer Fred Segal, at 3822 Cross Creek Rd.  The application is a “winegrower” type and promises us that we’ll be able to sample libations from Summer Somewhere Wines sometime soon.  Wine and shopping?  Sounds perfect…

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Piccolo By Barrique Replacing Bowl Kitchen In Santa Monica

There’s an ABC application hanging in the window of the erstwhile Bowl Kitchen at 2127 Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica.  The applicant is listed as Mure Black Inc.  If the first name sounds familiar, it’s because its the name of “Michelin awarded” chef Antonio Mure, the man behind Barrique in Venice.  And sure enough, the name of the new restaurant is listed as Piccolo by Barrique.  Very exciting.

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Alfred Tea Room Quitting Brentwood

Back in September of 2018 I told you about the opening of Alfred Tea Room at 11928 San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood.  Recently, I heard from a reader (Thanks Jill!) that there was a for lease sign hanging on the front so I went by to have a look.  Sure enough, the sign is there indicating that Alfred is vacating the space.  I’ll keep watching to see what may develop.

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A Message From Toddrickallen…

We’re living in challenging times.  It felt hopeless watching the sickening death of George Floyd, followed by the senseless destruction of our community’s restaurants and businesses which were struggling to survive mandated COVID-19 closures.  Toddrickallen is committed to standing with our community as we rebuild, and with other communities as they address racial violence and discrimination.  Together, may we all find the hope and courage to move forward…

Yet Another CBTL Gone?

I’ve been watching the mass extinction of The Westside’s beloved Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.  It appears yet another one may have bitten the dust.  The popular CBTL at 2901 Main St. in Santa Monica appears to be closed.  While it doesn’t have the poster announcing the closure as the other ones have had, the windows are papered over and the equipment has been removed.  What is going on?

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Ensoku Ramen Replaces PoKing In Santa Monica

I’m not exactly sure when it happened, but a new noodle joint has quietly slipped into the location that once housed the self-described “King of Poke”, PoKing at 2307 Main St. in Santa Monica.  An awning has appeared that lets us know Ensoku Ramen now resides at that address.  What’s on offer?  Rolls and ramen with “authentic broth, fresh ingredients”, and a “wide variety”.  And they’re open for take away.

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Lucky’s Replacing Mr. Chow In Malibu

Mr. Chow quietly slipped out of their location at 3835 Cross Creek Rd., in the Malibu Country Mart, back in January.  The space is currently gutted to make way for the new tenant.  A large banner over the front is announcing that the new eatery will be none other than a branch of Montecito’s perennially popular swanky steakhouse Lucky’s.  Seems like a match made in heaven.

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Cafe D’Amore Coming To Malibu

The Park at Cross Creek development at 23401 Civic Center Dr. is certainly changing things up in Malibu.  Yet another restaurant is snatching up one of the spaces.  The people behind Malibu’s longtime pie fave D’Amore’s Pizza are planning on opening Cafe D’Amore in the hot property.  And according to their FB page, they’re also shooting for a location in Calabasas as well.

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Station 26 Heading For Main St.

It appears that something new is taking over the Rick’s Tavern on Main space at 2907 Main St. in Santa Monica.  An ABC application posted on the front lists the business name as Station 26.  Station 26 just happens to be the closest lifeguard station on the beach.  I couldn’t find much information on this new eatery, so if you have any details let me know.

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Real Coconut Bringing Tulum Vibes To Malibu

The Park at Cross Creek development, at 23401 Civic Center Dr., is poised to really perk up the Malibu dining scene.  Another new restaurant landing in the shopping center is Real Coconut.  Real Coconut hails from Tulum, Mexico and offers a “plant focused” menu that is “free of gluten, grain, dairy, and refined sugar”, and is cooked only with avocado oil.  Read more about this fascinating new restaurant here.

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Another Coffee Bean Gone From The Westside…

Earlier this week, I told you about the permanent closure of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on S Beverly Dr. in Beverly Hills.  I reader was quick to point out that the CBTL that anchors the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and S Beverly Glen Blvd. was also closing as of Sunday, May 17th.  I went by the coffee shop and checked it out:  A notice in the window confirms that this branch is now permanently closed.  What’s going on with CBTL?

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Howdy’s Returns To Malibu

Beloved local institution Howdy’s Taqueria used to reside in the Country Mart.  Apparently the owner, Howdy Kabrins, shuttered the eatery due to some personal reasons that you can read about in this article.  But Howdy’s is coming back to Malibu.  The new location is in the new The Park at Cross Creek development at 23401 Civic Center Dr.  We wish them the best of luck.

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Nespresso Getting A New Location In Beverly Hills

So, I’m not sure if coffee giant Nespresso is opening a second location or moving from their location in the next block.  What I am sure of is that the plywood is covering the space at 408 N Beverly Drive, formerly home of Theory, has a notice on the front saying that Nespresso is coming soon.  I guess we’ll have to wait and see…

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