The little strip mall on the corner of Montana and San Vicente in Brentwood seems to have run into a spot of trouble… A while ago, diminutive coffee shop Brew-N-Beans gave up the ghost. More recently, one of the Westside’s last few remaining carb palaces, Noah’s Bagels, quit their location there. And now, it appears that smoothie experts Jamba Juice has closed down. That leaves only scrappy Souplantation in the increasingly vacant mall.
As you know, I’ve been watching the food scene materialize at the Elevon development in El Segundo. So far, there’s a Bowlology, and upcoming Petros Kafe, and a Lisa’s Café & Bakery. And now we can add one more to that list. An ABC license application in the window of the space at 735 N. Douglas St. lets us know that a second location of Long Beach’s Ocean Market Grill will soon be moving in. It looks like we can expect a menu of tacos, salads, and… fish.
Cozy little Comfort Café was a fixture for years in the now defunct Fred Segal on the corner of 5th and Broadway in Santa Monica. But just because Fred Segal is gone doesn’t mean that they’ve gone as well. Comfort Café has moved into new digs. They are currently celebrating their grand opening at their new location in the space that used to house Infuzion Café at 1241 5th St, suite 102. Check out their familiar menu here.
I didn’t see this coming… As evidenced by the note attached to the front door and the removal of signs, it appears that Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar has thrown in the towel at its location at 252 N. Beverly Dr. in Beverly Hills. No word on a replacement, but I’ll keep watching.
Walking around Downtown Santa Monica recently, I noticed plywood covering the front of the space at 109 Broadway that used to house defunct Middle Eastern restaurant Seaside Grill. I was lucky enough to catch one of the owners of the new establishment who informed me that the upcoming eatery will intriguingly be called Air Food, and the menu will be “French”, otherwise I don’t have any more information than that. They’re shooting for a mid-April opening, and this being Santa Monica I wish them the best of luck with that.
As you probably already know, legendary watering hole Nic’s Beverly Hills closed after a long run on Jan 31st. And what will be taking over its space at 453 N. Canon Dr? An ABC application appeared in the window this week announcing that something called Tatel LA will soon be moving in. Could this be a branch of the highly anticipated Spanish restaurant coming soon to Miami? We’ll have to wait and see…
Sadly, it appears that hopeful start-up Wellfed has disappeared from their space at 13020 W. Pacific Promenade #7. It was only just back in April of last year that I told you about their opening. Not sure what happened or what will become of that monkeypod wood wrap-around countertop, but I’ll keep my eye on it…