Ever since the tragic demise of Santa Monica’s beloved branch of Border Grill, I’ve kept a careful watch on the space at 1445 4th St. I’ve been hearing whispers, and a design review mentioned something called Publique, but I couldn’t get confirmation. But then late last week the for lease signs came down, and an ABC application was posted on the front informing us the Le Zinc Bar (Zinqué) will be opening a restaurant called Publique. You can check out the design review, including plans for an open air patio, and an artist’s rendering here.
The 35th anniversary of Food Fare takes place this Thursday, March 6th at Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport. Benefitting Planned Parenthood, the event began in 1979 with a cooking demo from Julia Child. This year’s Food Fare honors Celestino Drago as Chef of the Year and includes an auction and offerings from over 100 participants such as Chi Spacca, Craft, Border Grill, Salt’s Cure, Lucques, and Kreation. Read more and purchase tickets here.
Downtown’s Border Grill is offering a rare opportunity to spend an afternoon with the Too Hot Tamales themselves, Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken. On Saturday, March 16th they will be offering a cooking class on doing brunch the Border Grill way. Included on the menu are Border Bloody Maria, Guava empanadas, and La Bomba Rice Pudding. But you had better move quickly, the 11am class is sold out but thankfully they’ve just added a 2pm class. Cost is $75 and includes brunch, cocktails, and recipe booklet. Call (213) 486-5171 just as fast as your little fingers can dial to secure your spot. bordergrill.com