New Houston Brothers Bar In Santa Monica?

A new ABC application has popped up on the front of the old Tinga/Renee‘s space at 522 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica.  No business name is listed, but there is an applicant name: Ploenpidh Pola Houston.  While this name is associated with a Koreatown bar, the Monte Carlo, after a bit of digging, I found that Ms. Pola is the mother of entrepreneurial brothers Jonnie and Mark Houston, who preside over an empire of themed nightclubs in Hollywood.  I don’t have confirmation that this will be their newest project, so if you have any information please let me know.  You can read more about the brothers in this LA Weekly story.


The Wooded Hollow Replaces Brilliantshine In SM

A simple banner posted on the front of the building is announcing that a new restaurant  will be replacing Brilliantshine at 522 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica.  Eater reported back in Mid-April that the popular bar and restaurant closed due to a “partner split”.  Not a lot of information out there yet, but it looks like the new bar and restaurant will be called The Wooded Hollow, but that’s about as much as I can find out….

Update:  I got a gander at their chalkboard menu.  Looks like classic bar food such as chicken quesadilla, mac & cheese balls, and pastrami sandwich.  They appear to be open now and their hours are 6pm to 11pm nightly.