Brighton Coffee Shop Coming Back To Beverly Hills…

A while ago, I wondered at the papered-over windows of frozen-in-amber java joint Brighton Coffee Shop, that has stood on the corner of Brighton and Camden for over 90 years.  Thankfully, I had a chance to talk with spokesperson who assured me that they will reopen the beloved coffee spot.  It’s simply getting a modern upgrade with a fresh new look: Think French woven cafe chairs and bright cheery colors.  The menu, I’m told, will stay pretty much the same.  It looks like they’re close to reopening…

Ample Hills Creamery Coming To Beverly Hills?

Beverly Hills lost its branch of international gelato brand Amorino during the Pandemic.  Now it looks like another icy treat company is moving to the space at 9605 Santa Monica Blvd.  The address was recently rented, but no signs have appeared.  There is, however, a small legal notice taped to the front door.  It lists the new tenant at Ample Hills Sub LLC, the company behind Ample Hills CreameryAmple Hills make their ice cream from scratch in their Brooklyn “plant” where they actually pasteurize their own dairy and bake their own mix-ins.  They have locations in New York, New Jersey, and in Long Beach CA.

Note: I do not yet have confirmation on this story.

Shake Shack Comes To Beverly Hills

For a while now, I’ve been watching the former home of Panini Kabob Grill at 9601 N Santa Monica Blvd.  Construction has been fierce since the Mediterranean eatery closed its doors during the Pandemic, but there was no signage to indicate what was replacing it.  Recently a now hiring banner went up on the front that lets us know that this will be a branch of the ever-popular chain Shake Shack, which as you know, began life around 22 years ago as a pet project of legendary New York restaurateur Danny Meyer and has ever since embarked on an inexorable march toward world domination fueled mostly by the cultish devotion of fans.

Osteria Del Fornaio Opens In Santa Monica On…

If you’ve ever been inside a branch of poineering Italian restaurant Il Fornaio, you probably walked past a marble slab etched with the names of their various locations.  Prominently featured on that list is Santa Monica.  There’s just one problem: There hasn’t been one in Santa Monica since it closed on the corner of Ocean Ave. and Colorado many years ago.  But that’s about to change (ok, so its not an Il Fornaio itself, but it is related according to the website).  I first told you about the triumphant return to Santa Monica back in 2019.  After 2 1/2 years, Osteria Del Fornaio will throw open their doors to the good people of Santa Monica on April 26 at 401 Wilshire Blvd suite 150 according to a spokesperson.   Expect a different menu than its closest sister restaurant in Beverly Hills.  There will still be pasta and pizza, but there is an emphasis on smaller share plates served in a bright dining room with communal tables that look into a central kitchen.  You’re welcome.

La Ong Now Open In Beverly Hills

This is one of those stories that mystifies me.  For some reason, a whole lot of you have been tracking this story since I first told you about it back in July of last year.  To all those people needing answers, this news is for you:  La Ong has opened their doors this week at 9632 S Santa Monica Blvd.  Expect a solid Thai menu with such favorites as papaya salad, crab fried rice, and green curry all served in a sleek modern and airy space.

Gion Beverly Hills Bringing “The First And Only Geisha Outside Japan” To The Golden Triangle

Normally sleepy Camden Dr., in The Golden Triangle, has recently become a hive of restaurant activity.  Work is progressing on Beverly Bar.  The earstwhile H.O.M.E. space appears to be leased.  I’m not entirely sure what’s going on at the fossilized Brighton Coffee Shop (the windows are papered over).  And now a new ABC application has appeared on the front of 420 N. Camden naming the business as Gion Beverly Hills. And what is that? I’ll leave the description to them… This from their Yelp page:

“Named after the famous geisha district, Gion in Kyoto, Japan. Gion Beverly Hills is the first and only traditional Japanese tea house that features actual geisha from Japan. We offer the rare opportunity to view a live geisha performance and have interactions with the artists. Along with the geisha show we also serve a delicious tasting menu inspired by Kyoto’s four seasons accompanied by a tea ceremony featuring wagashi (traditional tea ceremony dessert) that will serve as your dessert course.”

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Coming To Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills lost both of their branches of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in the mass extinction event the chain experienced during the Pandemic closures.  Their location at 445 N Beverly Dr. has sat empty ever since, but that’s about to change.   A notice of intent for an open air dining permit posted on the front door spills the beans that an outpost of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is on the way.  Founded by Jeni Britton Bauer and headquartered in Columbus Ohio, Jeni’s boasts a frozen treat with “a uniquely smooth texture and buttercream body, with bright flavor and clean finish” for which people go crazy, including President Joe Biden.

Lorenzo California Bringing Tuscan-style Sandwiches To Beverly Hills

S. Santa Monica Blvd. is notorious for being a revolving door for restaurants, so it takes a brave contender to give it a go.  One courageous eatery is about to try their luck.  There’s window paper up on a former jewelry store space at 9529 S Santa Monica Blvd. announcing the arrival of something called Lorenzo California.  According to the announcement, Lorenzo will be introducing a “Florence style schiacciata sandwhich” to The Golden Triangle.  As near as I can tell, a schiacciata sandwich is a Tuscan sandwich composed of a specialty regional bread with various cuts of meats and cheeses.  I don’t have much information on Lorenzo other that this, so if you know more, please send it along.  

Cavcas Restaurant Coming To Beverly Hills

The space at 345 N Canon Dr. in Beverly Hills has been a number of different things, including a hair salon and whatever this was.  There’s now an ABC application on the front, indicating that a plucky new contender is about the give the location a go.  The name of the new eatery is listed as Cavcas Restaurant.  Other than that, I can’t seem to find much information.  If you know more, let me know…

Philz Coffee Coming To Beverly Hills

Congratulations Good People of Beverly Hills, mojito mint coffee is heading your way… Beverly Hills lost its branches of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in the company’s mass extinction event that occurred over a year ago when multiple SoCal locations closed (there are still a smattering of branches around).  But the chain’s previous address at 233 S Beverly Dr. is destined to be a java joint once more.  According to window paper, the Bay Area’s third wave darling, Philz Coffee, will be replacing the second wave CBTL at this location.

Breadblok Expanding To Beverly Hills?

A new tenant may have been found to fill the vacancy left by the closure of Yojisan Sushi at 260 N. Beverly Dr. in Beverly Hills.  While there’s no sign up or even any indication of life, a “leased” sign has been slapped on the front.  There is, however, a “notice of non-responsibility” taped to the front door.  Careful inspection of that appears to spill the beans that the new shop will be nonother than a branch of popular organic and gluten-free bakery Breadblok.  You may recall that the farmer’s market fave opened a brick-and-mortar about a year and a half ago in Santa Monica.  So yes Beverly Hills, honey lavender cakes may indeed be heading your way…

Velverie Cafe And Tea House Landing In Beverly Hills

There’s a new ABC application up on the old Sfixio Ristorante space at 9737 S. Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills.  The application lists the name of the new business as Velverie Cafe and Tea House.  There isn’t a great deal of information out there yet.  The website is still under construction, but I’ll keep watching to see what develops.

Ben & Jerry’s Opens In Beverly Hills

You know the old saying; When the Lord closes an ice cream shop, somewhere he opens another.  People were devastated by the recent closure of Santa Monica’s longstanding and beloved branch of popular icy treat brand Ben & Jerry’s.  But from out of nowhere, a brand new location has opened at 253 S Beverly Dr. (formerly home to Creamistry).  You’re welcome.

La Ong Bringing Thai To Beverly Hills Soon

I recently noticed paper covering the windows at 9632 S Santa Monica Blvd.  You may recall that this space was most recently inhabited by a branch of Danish lifestyle brand Joe & The Juice.  It looks like Joe has moved on and something called La Ong is moving in.  I don’t have any information on La Ong, except that “Thai cuisine” will be on offer.

Domenico’s Coming To Beverly Hills

There’s a new ABC application recently posted to the front of the space at 9705/9709 S Santa Monica Blvd (formerly Il Forno Caldo).  It names the upcoming restaurant as Demonico’s.   I don’t have much information on the upcoming eatery.   There is already a Domenico’s that offers Italian products at local farmers’ markets, but I don’t have any confirmation that the two are connected.   If you know more, let me know…

Joe’s Pizza Coming To Beverly Hills

S Santa Monica Blvd. is a revolving door for restaurants.  The space at 9527 S Santa Monica Blvd., most recently occupied by top-secret brioche breakfast place The Kind Ones, is no exception.  But one plucky contender is going to give it a go.  There’s paper in the windows announcing an upcoming branch of New York’s own Joe’s Pizza.  We wish them the best of luck.

Erewhon Set To Bless Beverly Hills With Its Presence

Good news people of Beverly Hills, high-end goceries are heading your way!  Many of you grieved when I told you about the closure of the much-beloved Williams Sonoma at 339 N Beverly Dr.  Wasting no time, window coverings are informing us that this location will eventually be an outpost of popular (if pricey) natural foods grocer Erewhon.   It appears that they are taking their time: They’re shooting for an opening next year.

Sweet Lady Jane Bringing Triple Berry Cake To Beverly Hills

I first learned of Cinderella Cakes arrival to 214 S Beverly Dr. in Beverly Hills back in Summer of 2019.  Sadly, they have vacated the location, leaving an opportunity for a new star bakery.  There’s now a notice on the front that this will be the new home of a branch of ever-popular Sweet Lady Jane.  And according to their website, they will soon be bringing their signature Triple Berry Cakes to Manhattan Beach as well.

Beverly Bar Coming To Beverly Hills

I recently noticed an ABC application taped to the front of what had been formerly understated sandwich shop Everyday Cafe Seletto in a quieter part of The Golden Triangle at 434 N Camden.  The application lists the new business as Beverly Bar.  According to this article, the owner Matthew Raanan is working in partnership with Chef Felix Garcia owner of Toca Madera and Tocaya Organica.  Otherwise, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of info out there quite yet.