Chin Chin, BBCM Coming To El Segundo

It looks like P.F. Chang’s is out from its longtime location at 2041 Rosecrans Suite 120 in El Segundo.  And replacing it?  Banners are up letting us know that a brand new branch of dim sum and Chinese chicken salad experts Chin Chin will soon be moving in.  But that’s not all…  There’s also a banner trumpeting the arrival of BBCM to the same location.  In case you’re unfamiliar with the mini chain, BBCM stands for “The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker” and offers a menu of “modern California cuisine with European influences” and baked goods in a bright and cheerful setting.

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Café Crepe Caput In Downtown Santa Monica

Café Crepe has long anchored the corner of Broadway and The Third St. Promenade, and was perpetually crowded with tourists.  So it comes as a surprise that they have abruptly and unceremoniously closed up shop.  A brief note on the door bids a quick Au Revoir, and mentions the Canadian company’s other LA location, at Union Station.

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Mogu Mogu Taking Over The Dosanko Space On Olympic

The address at 11555 Olympic Blvd. in LA is proving itself to be a tricky one.  It used to be popular Ramenya, then Dosanko Ramen tried its luck, which sadly ran out.  Now a plucky new ramen and mazemen (no-broth ramen) joint named Mogu Mogu is poised to move in, at least according to a rather small announcement taped to the front door.  We wish them the best of luck.

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Panera Bread Decamps From Downtown Santa Monica

I’ve been receiving loads of messages from panicked Santa Monicans lamenting the demise of their beloved Panera Bread, in the landmark building at 501 Wilshire Blvd. that used to house Polly’s Pies.  What’s more, a demolition notice now hangs in the window.  Panera appears to be losing its presence on the Westside, with now-vacated locations in Westwood and Beverly Hills as well.  I’m keeping an eye on all three to see what may develop…

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Shake Shack Shimmies Into MDR

As longtime resident The Counter pulled up stakes in the Waterside at Marina del Rey shopping complex, they made room for another expanding burger chain.  I’ve been hearing from excited readers who have seen the sign board heralding the news.  The Waterside website confirms that, yes indeed, Shake Shack will soon be delivering their signature “modern day roadside burger” to the good people of the Marina.

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Office Luck Taking Over Musha In Santa Monica: The Name Of The New Restaurant Is Shirubē

Many of you were in shock when I first told you about the disappearance of beloved Japanese restaurant Musha at 424 Wilshire Blvd. in Downtown Santa Monica.  Now it looks like a new tenant is going to give the diminutive space a go.  A new ABC application is posted on the front.  It doesn’t give much information, just an applicant name of Office Luck USA.  There is no business name listed.  I can’t locate anything on Office Luck, likewise the officer named on the application doesn’t reveal any insight.  If you have any more information, let me know…

Update:  Indeed a reader did know more (Thanks Ryan!):  The restaurant’s name will be Shirubē.  It will be an izakaya style restaurant that appears to be past their projected opening date.  Check out their Instagram page here.

Update:  Eater has the full skinny here.

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Reds Ceases Serving Swedish Pizza In Santa Monica.

It was back in 2015 when I first told you about the buzzy arrival of Swedish pizza to the Santa Monica food scene.  Reds Pizza has made a valiant four-year run of it at 707 Pico Blvd., but sadly it appears that they have thrown in the towel.  I’m not quite sure when it happened, but the storefront is boarded over.  There’s no clear indication of what may take over the space, but I’ll keep watching.