Alfred Tea Room Quitting Brentwood

Back in September of 2018 I told you about the opening of Alfred Tea Room at 11928 San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood.  Recently, I heard from a reader (Thanks Jill!) that there was a for lease sign hanging on the front so I went by to have a look.  Sure enough, the sign is there indicating that Alfred is vacating the space.  I’ll keep watching to see what may develop.

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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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S Bar By Katsuya Landing In Brentwood

For a long while now a teaser in the window of the space just to the right of Brentwood’s perpetually busy Katsuya let us know that a new “experience” was heading our way.  Now we know what it is.  Plywood just went up around the space announcing that a new branch of SBE’s S Bar at Katsuya is moving in.  While I can’t tell you exactly what to expect, I think we can get an idea by looking at Miami’s S Bar Brickell.

 

 

Wahoo’s Fish Taco Set To Close In Brentwood…

I recently heard from a reader (Thanks Steve!) that Brentwood neighborhood fixture Wahoo’s Fish Taco was going to close at 11911 Wilshire Blvd. after a nearly 20 year run.  For lease signs point to the sad fact, but a notice on the door confirms that they will indeed close at Summer’s end.  All may not be lost though, according to the notice, they are looking for a new space somewhere nearby…

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Sushi Miyagi Dishing Fish In Brentwood Soon…

A reader (Thanks CK!) sent me to check out what was going on at the old Café Brentwood space, in the prominent corner location at 150 S Barrington Ave. in Brentwood Village.  A new ABC application is posted in the window of the tricky space announcing the arrival of Sushi Miyagi.  There is not much information out there on Sushi Miyagi, and a search of the name on the application reveals little as well, so let me know if you have more information…

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Café Parisien Says Salut! To Brentwood

Thanks to a tip from a reader, I went to check out what was going on at the former La Scala space at 11740 San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood, after La Scala’s recent relocation to Wilshire Blvd.  Sure enough, a new ABC application is posted on the front.  While no business name is listed, the applicant tracks to a location in Culver City, which happens to be French charmer Meet In Paris.  So I called Meet In Paris and spoke to a source who told  me that the Brentwood space will soon be the home of a second branch of Larchmont Village’s Café Parisien, sister restaurant to Meet In Paris.  I’m told that the menu will be similar to the Meet In Paris menu, but with a stronger emphasis on dinner, like Café Parisien.  They’re shooting for an end of May opening, “fingers crossed”.  We wish them the best of luck…

Kreation Debuts Kocktails Today In Brentwood

Back in April, I told you about the new Kreation Kafe coming to the old Gaucho Grill location at 11754 San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood.  At the time, I noticed an ABC application on the front, something unusual for the healthy chain better known for their “pressed juices” and “cleanses”.  Kreation Kafe officially opened today at 7am.  (If you rush, you might be lucky enough to be one of the first 100 who will receive free juice.)  But what’s different about this Kreation, is that they will be serving “Kreation Kocktails”, which are made with beer, wine, and their proprietary juice blends and are intended for people who “like to drink healthy but still get buzzed”.  Kale yes!

Tara’s Himalayan Cuisine Summits Santa Monica/Brentwood

Ever since we learned that longstanding healthy Mexican purveyor Kayndaves had abandoned their location at 262 26th St., across from the increasingly tony Brentwood Country Mart, I’ve been wondering who would even undertake such an upscale market.  The corner of San Vicente and 26th has proven itself a challenging location as evidenced by the revolving door of restaurants that has attempted the space that most recently held L’Ami.  (The latest gasp of hope, the ABC app that I reported on back in January has since been taken down and I think we’re back to square one.)  But now, one brave contender is giving the Kayndaves space a go…  A banner is up informing us that it will soon be the home of Tara’s Himalayan Cuisine.  With three other locations scattered across the Southland offering Nepali, Tibetan, and Indian food, we wish them the best of  luck.

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What’s Going On At Biobar In Brentwood?

So what’s the deal with the diminutive Biobar space at 11966 Wilshire in Brentwood?  They haven’t opened in a while, recently the windows have been blacked out with blinds, and they are not answering their phone.  For all intents and purposes, they appear closed even though they’ve left no clues.  But a peek through the blinds (No, I’m not above such things) reveals a beehive of activity.  Something is happening at Biobar, I just can’t figure out what.  Let me know if you have more information…

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Alfred Tea Room Opens In Brentwood

Back in March, I told you about the impending arrival of cult coffee shop Alfred’s less-caffeinated offshoot Alfred Tea Room to the  space at 11928 San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood.  For all of you who have been eagerly checking for updates I have this happy news:  Alfred Tea opened this week.  Expect a menu of tea, milk tea, and matcha in a bright and cheery tiled setting with an outdoor patio.

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Roast Is Done In Brentwood Village

On a tip from a reader (Thanks JP!), I went by to check out what was going on at Roast Deli & Market in Brentwood Village.  The windows are papered over and the signs have been pulled from their space at 147 S. Barrington Ave.  While their website is still up, Yelp is reporting them as closed, and so am I.  I’ll watch to see what might move in.

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Soom Soom Fresh Opens Today In Brentwood

It was back in November of last year, when I first noticed that healthy, organic Mediterranean restaurant Soom Soom was expanding into the space at 11704 South Barrington Court in Brentwood.  After an extensive remodel of the space, Soom Soom Fresh will throw open its doors today, May 21st.  This is the third location in an expanding chain.  We wish them the best of luck.

Erratum:  This is actually the chain’s fourth location.

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Northern Café Now Dishing Dumplings In Brentwood

Well that didn’t take long…  It was only about two weeks ago when I deciphered that fishy eatery Big Catch had quit the space at 12009 Wilshire Blvd. in Brentwood.  Wasting no time, dumpling specialist Northern Café has settled right in and is now open for business.  Billing itself as “authentic Chinese Cuisine”, this is another branch of the original Westwood location that Eater once called a “standout”.

What’s Going On At Big Catch Seafood House, Brentwood?

Brentwood’s branch of Big Catch Seafood House at 12009 Wilshire Blvd. appears to have gone off the deep end.  They place appears gutted.  There are still a few tables outside, otherwise the space is mostly empty.  Yelp is not reporting it as closed yet, and the last review on was on April 16th, but the phone has been disconnected, there is no mention of this location on the company website, and when I went by last night after their usual opening hours to check things out, they were closed.  I can’t report with any certainty that they are finished (or possibly restructuring), but things don’t look good…  Let me know if anyone has more information.