Bibigo Bibigone From Sawtelle

Sadly, it appears that Korean bowl specialist Bibigo has disappeared from its location at 2210 Sawtelle Blvd. in LA.  The space is completely gutted, ending any hope of a return.  I’m not sure what happened, but I’ll keep watching to see what may take a chance in what is one of the Westside’s most competative food scenes, Sawtelle Japantown.

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Z Pastabar Now Closed In Santa Monica Place

Back in June of 2017, I applauded Z Pastabar’s courageous decision to brave the sputtering food scene in Santa Monica Place.  At the time, Z Pastabar had high hopes of a big expansion across the LA area.  Sadly, it appears that things did not go as planned:  Following their other SoCal locations, Santa Monica Place‘s branch of Z Pastabar is now closed.

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Toscana Closes For Renovation In Brentwood

Brentwood’s neighborhood fave Italian hideaway for celebrities, Toscana, has temporarily closed as of January 1st at 11633 San Vicente Blvd. According to a notice on the front door, they will apparently be having the kitchen renovated.  The notice also promises a March 1st reopening.  In the mean time, Bar Toscana, right next door, will remain open for lunch and dinner.

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Spitfire Grill Closing After Almost 30 Years In Santa Monica: New Restaurant Expected

A reader (Thanks Charlie!) sent me this article in the SMDP about the end of Santa Monica’s beloved hidden airport restaurant Spitfire Grill.  According to the article, current owner John Clarizio has sold the restaurant citing that he needs a break.  The new owner is Irish restaurateur Sean Martin, who has had successes in London.  The eatery is to be called The Cloverfield and will feature Italian food in an atmosphere that is reminiscent of a “London Bistro with Southern California elements”.  Spitfire will stay open for a while during the finalization of the sale.

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Westwood Rebounding…

With all the recent bad stories about the spate of Westwood’s restaurant closings, it’s good to close the year with some hopeful news.  Headlines Diner & Grill is open in its new location at 1131 Westwood Blvd.  Right around the corner, Frozen Land is now peddling gelato, ice cream, and frozen yogurt in its new location at 10911 Lindbrook.

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