Meet In Paris Bids Adieu To Brentwood

Well THAT didn’t take long…  It was only back in May when I told you that Culver City’s Meet In Paris was expanding into the old La Scala space at 11740 San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood. (At the time, I was told the name was going to be Café Parisien)  I’m not sure what happened, but readers have been letting me know that after only a few months, Meet In Paris has closed down.  I’ll keep watching the space to see what develops.

Mio Babbo Taking Over Enzo & Angela in Brentwood

Inhabiting a space on the second floor of the strip mall at 11701 Wilshire, old school red sauce joint Enzo & Angela has stood like a sentinel over the corner of Wilshire and Barrington in Brentwood for a really long time. A little over a month ago, a handwritten note appeared on the front door saying that they would be closed for a short period after which they promised to reopen.  Sadly, it looks like that didn’t work out so well.  They have vacated the space and it is currently being gutted.  But it looks like a new restaurant is lined up to move in.  An ABC application on the front lists the new venture as Mio Babbo.  The name on the application is Umberto Ferri.  While I don’t have any confirmation, I’m assuming this is the same truffle hunting restaurateur that is behind Casa Modena in Culver City.

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Mr. Rice Taking Over Falafel King Space In Westwood Village

If you follow this blog, then you know I’ve been carefully following the volatility of the Westwood Village food scene.  You may remember that, with great sadness, I reported back in September about the disappearance of Westwood’s beloved institution Falafel King from its 1010 Broxton Ave. location.  Wasting no time, a plucky new contender appears to be giving the space a go.  Signs are up announcing that Mr. Rice is settling in.  An employee at Mr. Rice in Rowland Heights told me that this is “same company”, but I can’t absolutely confirm it.

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Kippy’s! Kicks The Bucket In Venice

Having opened in 2013, Kippy’s! Non-Dairy Ice Cream Shop had high hopes when they moved their location from Lincoln Blvd. to 245 Main St. in Venice.  Last week, however, a sad note was taped to the front door pronouncing Kippy’s! as closed.  A more detailed notice on their website graciously thanks their customers and promises a comeback.  We wish them the best of luck.

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Pinkberry Disappears From Downtown Santa Monica…

Once a darling with posing celebrities, Pinkberry lead the pack in the frozen yogurt explosion a number of years back.  Could this be an indication that times and tastes have moved on?  I was surprised to see that Pinkberry has vanished from its prime location at 1456 Third Street Promenade.  I’ll keep watching to see what may take over the space.

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Good Food, Good Drink, And A Good Cause

If you follow this site, then you know that Toddrickallen is your trusted Westside food news source.   In order to keep as clean as possible, you will never see reviews, and I generally don’t do endorsements…  except for one time a year.   This is an organization I thoroughly support and is worthy of your consideration.  Proceeds will go toward bringing the PS Science program to children in schools where science is otherwise rarely, if ever, taught.  AND there’s excellent food and drink as well…