Spazio Caffe Disappears From Montana Ave.

It was back in 2012 when I first noticed that a branch of Italian coffee specialists Spazio Caffe was on its way to 1511A Montana Ave. in Santa Monica.  Having built a loyal local following, it’s a bit surprising to discover that they have abandoned the location.  The space is completely gutted.  I’m not sure what happened but I’ll keep watching to see what develops. Spazio.jpg

 

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4 Jems Opening A Restaurant In Santa Monica

It appears that something new is coming the space that used to house the second incarnation of Books and Cookies at 2309 Main St. in Santa Monica, at least according to a recently posted ABC application.  The application lists the applicant as 4 Jems Restaurants LLC, but omits an actual business name.  An online search yields links to buzzy Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken in LA.  So, I guess we’ll have to wait and see what develops.  Let me know if you have any information…

 

 

Redstraw Bringing Fusion Style Tea To Century City

I recently noticed fresh plywood covering the space next to upcoming Honeymee on the second floor of the Westfield Century City Shopping Center.  It appears that a new startup, Redstraw Tea Bar, is joining the still-developing lengthy list of new food and drink establishments.  On offer? According to their website, look for “fusion style tea with a variety of toppings”.  They are shooting for a summer opening.

 

Panera Bread Closes In Westwood

On a tip from a reader (Thanks Steve), I went by to check out what was going on at Westwood’s branch of sandwich chain Panera Bread.  A large space available sign on the front confirms that they have indeed vacated the location at 1145 Westwood Blvd.  Not sure what happened, although I can’t help but wonder if stiff competition from their ever popular neighbor Ike’s had something to do with it.  I’ll keep watching to see what may develop…