Back in July, we learned that Swiss chocolate purveyor Teuscher had vacated their long-held corner space at 9548 Brighton Way to make way for a flashy new chocolatier with an SLS Hotel pastry chef cred. But all is not lost for the beloved chocolate institution. Paper is up in the window of the former Pretty Ballerinas shop just across the street at 371 N Camden Dr. informing us that this will soon be their new home. Meanwhile, their coffee shop The Café, continues to chug out cappuccinos in their temporary location at 430 N Camden.
If you follow this blog, then you know about Burgerim’s unstoppable plan to take over the world. The latest evidence? A sign in the window of the old Subway space at 250 S. Beverly Dr. proclaims the location will soon be serving the chain’s signature Lilliputian burgers.
What’s going on at Panera Bread? Recently, the (newish) Westwood branch abruptly closed up shop. On a tip from a reader (Thanks Shawn!), I went to check out the (also newish) Beverly Hills location at 239 S Beverly Dr. Sure enough, a note taped to the front door explains that they have “permanently closed”. Could this indicate trouble for the popular bakery/sandwich chain?
It was back in early 2016 that I first noticed that something was moving into the old Euro Caffe space at 9559 S. Santa Monica Blvd. in a notoriously risky stretch of Beverly Hills. I don’t know why it took so long, but a charming new coffee shop, Oro Caffe, has finally opened this week. Having the feel of a cozy salon de thé with plush banquettes and marble tables, in addition to specialty coffees and teas, Oro Caffe boasts an astonishing array of pastries and savory lunch items that are freshly made nearby using (mostly) locally sourced and organic ingredients. We wish them the best of luck.
It was a while in the making, but Joss Bites Asian Tapas, the offshoot of next door’s Joss Cuisine, is finally about ready to throw open their doors at 9923 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills. They were shooting for an opening next week, but it looks like that will be delayed. Considering that they had originally hoped for a Fall 2017 opening, they are probably used to delays. According to the paper on the front, the menu will contain things like; classic Peking duck, fresh oyster croquette coated with crunchy mashed taro, and tiger prawn wrap with Thai basil and spices.
And while we’re on the subject of stunning closures… Long time Beverly Hills traditional Italian restaurant Il Forno Caldo has quit its location at 9705 S Santa Monica Blvd. I’m not sure what happened, and their website doesn’t give any clues, but as I’ve mentioned before, this is a notoriously fickle stretch of Beverly Hills when it comes to restaurants.
I applauded last year when B.H. Poke courageously threw open their doors on a particularly tricky stretch of Beverly Hills (9527 Santa Monica Blvd. to be exact). Then something went south… A note was hastily affixed to the front door saying that they were taking a “little break”. Now, after sitting idle for a few months, a large for lease sign officially confirms their demise. I’ll watch to see what might move in.