New York’s Via Quadronno Coming To Santa Monica

[Breaking News]  I have it on good authority that New York’s famed Via Quadronno is opening a West Coast outpost in the old Chez Mimi space at 246 26th St. (across from Brentwood Country Mart).  And from what I’m hearing, the space, already charming, will be upgraded by well-known architect firm Marmol RadzinerVia Quadronno is the Upper East Side’s purveyor of  “unforgettable cappuccinos and paninis” (as well as a full dining menu) that is a fave with celebrities and has appeared in such shows as Sex and the City and Gossip Girl.  This is a developing story, but way too delicious and exciting not to pass on…

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Unknown Kitchen Coming To Brentwood

It appears that something mysterious is landing in the space that was once occupied by Wahoo’s Fish Taco, at 11911 Wilshire Blvd. in Brentwood.  An ABC application posted on the front informs us that an “eating place” called Unknown Kitchen is moving in.  There is not much information out there yet, except a nonfunctioning website and a mention on a window job notice of Puzzushi, so if you have any more information, let me know…

(Thanks Steve!)

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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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Meet In Paris Bids Adieu To Brentwood

Well THAT didn’t take long…  It was only back in May when I told you that Culver City’s Meet In Paris was expanding into the old La Scala space at 11740 San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood. (At the time, I was told the name was going to be Café Parisien)  I’m not sure what happened, but readers have been letting me know that after only a few months, Meet In Paris has closed down.  I’ll keep watching the space to see what develops.

Mio Babbo Taking Over Enzo & Angela in Brentwood

Inhabiting a space on the second floor of the strip mall at 11701 Wilshire, old school red sauce joint Enzo & Angela has stood like a sentinel over the corner of Wilshire and Barrington in Brentwood for a really long time. A little over a month ago, a handwritten note appeared on the front door saying that they would be closed for a short period after which they promised to reopen.  Sadly, it looks like that didn’t work out so well.  They have vacated the space and it is currently being gutted.  But it looks like a new restaurant is lined up to move in.  An ABC application on the front lists the new venture as Mio Babbo.  The name on the application is Umberto Ferri.  While I don’t have any confirmation, I’m assuming this is the same truffle hunting restaurateur that is behind Casa Modena in Culver City.

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Bluestone Lane Paving The Way In Brentwood

If you’ve noticed all the construction on the building at 11601 San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood, on the corner of Wilshire, you may be wondering what’s coming…  Window paper recently went up letting us all know that the prominent location will soon be the home of Brentwood’s first branch of rapidly-expanding Australian coffee chain Bluestone Lane.  Where to find parking on the busy corner is anyone’s guess…

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Tara’s Himalayan Cuisine Now Open In Santa Monica/Brentwood

It was back in November that I told you about the impending arrival of Tara’s Himalayan Cuisine to the tricky location that was previously occupied by Kayndaves, at 262 26th St. in Santa Monica, across from the Brentwood Country Mart.  To those of you who have been following this story for updates, I have good news:  Tara’s Himalayan Cuisine has officially thrown open its doors for business.  This is their third location.  Look for an extensive menu featuring Nepali, Tibetan, and Indian food.  No liquor license yet, but they’ll let you bring in wine with no corkage.  We wish them every success…

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