L’Ami Closed In Santa Monica

It wasn’t that long ago that The Little Door Santa Monica turned into L’Ami in their sunny location at 246 26th St. in Santa Monica.  Well, I don’t know what happened, or exactly when it happened, but I recently noticed that they have pulled up stakes entirely.  The website says that they are closed for renovations, but that is all too frequently code for “permanently closed”, which is precisely what Opentable says.  I’ll keep watching to see what develops.

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Blue Bottle Comes To Brentwood

I’ve been watching the diminutive space at 13050 San Vicente Blvd. suite 108 (corner of 26th) in Brentwood ever since Starbucks closed up shop there earlier in the year.  Signs recently went up on the façade informing us that expanding über-hip roasters  Blue Bottle Coffee will soon be inhabiting the address.  And sooner than you think:  According to their website, they’ll be handing out free coffee this Saturday for their pre-opening sneak peak “community day” starting at 9am.

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Joe & The Juice Expands Into Brentwood

International lifestyle brand Joe & The Juice continues its inexorable conquest of the hip juice scene in LA.  First came news back in April that a location was landing on Melrose.  Then I noticed window paper in Beverly Hills.  And recently, yet more window paper has popped up on the corner spot of San Vicente and Montana in Brentwood, right next to Alfred Coffee at 11906 San Vicente Blvd., announcing the Danish company’s impending arrival.  When will the “hunky guys” start pouring?  We’ll have to watch and see…Joe&TheJuice.jpg

The Market At M Café Brentwood Gives Up The Ghost…

Sadly, “contemporary macrobiotic” food source The Market at M Café has quietly closed down its location at 11678 San Vicente Blvd. in competitive Brentwood.  But all is not lost:  The notice on the door lets us know that they have a new location at 1800 Highland in addition to their other two locations and are looking to expand further.  I’ll keep my eye on the space to see what develops…

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Pizzana’s Opening Date…

Back in 2015, I noticed that a new pizza concept, originally billed as Daniele Pizza, was taking over the old Adoteca space at 11712 San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood.  Later, we learned that the new restaurant was associated with the people behind Sprinkles Cupcakes, and we learned that the name was going to be Pizzana.  Since then, a great many of you have been carefully checking for updates, so here you go…  According to a spokesperson, Pizzana will officially throw open its doors on April 21.  FullSizeRender-4.jpg

Jamba Juice Quits Brentwood

The little strip mall on the corner of Montana and San Vicente in Brentwood seems to have run into a spot of trouble…  A while ago, diminutive coffee shop Brew-N-Beans gave up the ghost.  More recently, one of the Westside’s last few remaining carb palaces, Noah’s Bagels, quit their location there.  And now, it appears that smoothie experts Jamba Juice has closed down.  That leaves only scrappy Souplantation in the increasingly vacant mall.