Bernie’s Soul Kitchen Coming To Culver City

It appears that something new will be filling the space created by the lamentable loss of Smitty’s Famous Fish & Chicken at 9032 Venice Blvd in Culver City.  There’s a banner hanging on the front of the gutted shop that announces the impending arrival of Bernie’s Soul KitchenBSK hails from near Chicago and offers a menu of “jerk and soul food” including bowls, pizzas, wraps, and dinners.  (Thanks Andrew!)

Crumbl Cookies Coming To Culver City

On a tip from a reader (Thanks Scott!) I went by a shopping center near the corner of Overland and Venice to see what was going on.  Sure enough, signs are now up announcing that a branch of confectionary expert Crumbl Cookies is moving in to the space at 3810 Midway (corner of Venice Blvd.).  Crumbl Cookies began life in Utah in 2017 before spreading to over 300 locations nationwide.  They serve a selection of favorites like their proprietary milk chocolate chip, pink velvet cupcake, and lemon glaze along with a rotating menu of flavors and a “mystery cookie” all served in an iconic pink box.

Super Domestic Bringing Coffee And Cycling To Venice Soon…

There are notices in the window of the two spaces at 1330 and 1380 Main St. in Venice that let us know that coffee is coming soon.  The notices also tell us that this is a new project from @superdomesticcxc. Super Domestic Coffee is a coffee and cyclery concept that has a location in Culver City and a location in LA.  Besides coffee, tea, and kombucha, Super Domestic offers a menu of pastries, bagels, burritos, tartines, and cycle accessories.

Fiish Los Angeles Diving Into Culver City

I heard from a reader (Thanks Andrew!) about a new establishment taking over the old Bondi Harvest space in Culver City at 8820 Washington.  In case you haven’t tried recently to navigate your way through the fresh hell that is Downtown Culver City, well… it is an unmitigated traffic disaster and you’ll be stuck there a very long time.  Anyway, I did eventually make it to the location to see what was going on.   Window paper up on the space announces the impending arrival of Fiish Los Angeles.  I can’t seem to find much info on this business so if you know more send me a message.  Just know I won’t be driving there anytime soon…

Yalla Mediterranean Disappears From Culver City

I’m hearing from shocked readers that everyone’s favorite neighborhood take-away spot Yalla Mediterranean had completely disappeared from its location at 9516 Culver Blvd.  The space is completely gutted and the signs have been taken down, leaving no trace whatsoever.  I’m not sure what happened, but I’ll keep an eye on the location to see what develops. (If you can’t live without Yalla‘s salmon salad, they still have a location in Burbank.)

Shake Shack Conming To Culver City

Congratulations Good People of Culver City, fabled burgers are heading your way!  Plywood on one of the free-standing spaces in the food court of the Westfield Culver City Shopping Center (Fox Hills Mall) is proclaiming the news that this will soon be home to a branch of Shake Shack.  As you know, Shake Shack began life about 20 years ago as a pet project of legendary New York restaurateur Danny Meyer and has ever since embarked on an inexorable march toward world domination fueled mostly by cultish devotion of fans.   The ABC app on the front lets us know beer and wine will be on offer as well as shakes.  Looks like they’re very close to opening…

Breakfast Republic Expands Into Culver City

Good news People of Culver City, your first meal of the day is about to get more interesting!  There’s window paper up one of the spaces in the Harlow development, on the corner of Washington and Hughes, announcing the impending arrival of Breakfast Republic.  BR has a smattering of locations mostly south of here, but this will be only their second LA County space (after West Hollywood).  Look for a menu of benedicts, omelets, pancakes, scrambles, as well as sandwiches, burritos, and vegan options.  Oreo Cookie pancakes anyone?

The Red Chickz Set To Burn Up Culver City

Have you been wondering what’s going on at 10100 Venice Blvd. in Culver City?  The windows are papered over and there’s a sign up announcing something called The Red Chickz.  The Red Chickz has a location on Spring St. in DTLA and offers a menu of Nashville Hot Chicken and jumbo shrimp in such forms as sandwiches, French toast, tacos, and loaded wedges.  What Now Los Angeles has more on this as well as a major proposed expansion for the chain.

Sidecar Doughnuts Coming To Culver City

Good news Culver City, huckleberry doughnuts are heading you way!  There’s window covering up on one of the spaces in Culver Center (space 350 to be exact) on the corner of Overland and Washington Blvd., announcing a future coveted branch of Sidecar.  Promising “The World’s Freshest Doughnuts”, innovative and wildly popular Sidecar began in Costa Mesa and has since expanded to currently 5 locations, making this the 6th.  It appears they plan on opening in early 2022.  You’re welcome.

Monty’s Good Burger Expanding To Culver City

The space at 3849 Main St, in Downtown Culver City, previously the home of Tentenyu Ramen & Sushi Roll, is getting a new tenant.  While there’s no sign up yet and the windows are papered over, there is a small now hiring notice attached to the front, spilling the beans that Monty’s Good Burger will soon be spreading their plant-based love to the Good People of CC.  Monty’s has a smattering of locations across LA and one in Riverside as well.  They offer a focused menu of plant-based burgers, fries, tater tots, drinks, and merch.

Sestina Coming To Century City

It was back in November of last year when I told you about the disappearance of one of LA’s last branches of Italian mozzarella chain Obica.  If you look carefully at the photo below you can see who’s planning on moving into their old second floor Westfield Century City Shopping Center location.  Plant-based pioneer Matthew Kenney is bringing a outpost of his popular Culver City pasta bar Sestina to the good people of Century City.

Arth Kitchen + Bar Coming To Culver City

The space at 9531 Culver Blvd. has seem many restaurants come and go, including Sambar, AR Cucina, and Ford’s Filling Station.  Now another eatery is giving the fickle address a go…  There’s a now hiring banner hanging on the front announcing the impending arrival of Arth Kitchen + Bar.  It looks like “modern Indian” is on the menu, which you can see here.

Pop’s Bagels Coming To Brentwood

Good people of Brentwood, carbs are heading your way!  With one other pop-up store in Culver City, Pop’s Bagels is moving into the space that used to be home to Alfred Tea Room at 11928 San Vicente Blvd.  And what makes Pop’s special?  Their three flavors of bagels (plain, everything, and cinnamon raisin) are made in small batches throughout the day ensuring crispy, hot perfection.  They also make their own cream cheeses and cultured butter from scratch.  We wish them the best of luck.

Dave’s Hot Chicken Replacing Smashburger In Culver City

A sharp-eyed reader (Thanks Jeremy!) noticed a new banner hanging over the space that used to house a branch of Smashburger, at 10704B Venice Blvd. in Culver City.  I went by to have a look.  Sure enough, this address will soon be the home of a branch of Dave’s Hot Chicken.  This will be the seventh location for the poultry purveyor, but they apparently have plans on a larger expansion, including branches in Northridge and Fountain Valley.

Ugo Cafe Gone From Santa Monica Place

Sadly, I fear many businesses, and restaurants in particular, will not outlast the current COVID crisis. I’ve been reporting on multiple closures across The Westside. Yet another appears to be the beloved Italian coffee bar Ugo Cafe, set on the first floor of Santa Monica Place. If you’re missing their proprietary coffee or pastries, they still have two other locations.

Don Chuy’s Restaurant Replacing Shalimar Of India In Culver City

With all the self-isolation lately, I’m simply not out in the community as much as I normally would be, and I really appreciate when readers send me stories.  Recently, one reader (Thanks Keith!) sent me this photo of an ABC application on the front of what was formerly Shalimar of India at 10708 Jefferson Blvd. in Culver City.  As you can see, this will be the future home of Don Chuy’s Restaurant.  There currently is a Don Chuy’s at 11800 Jefferson, but I’m unclear if they’re moving locations or if this will be a second branch for the Mexican restaurant.

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Qwench Juice Bar Coming To Culver City

A banner is up on a space in the Culver Crossroads shopping center on the corner of Washington and Sepulveda announcing that an outpost of juice expert Qwench is intent on moving in.  Let’s hope the move-in goes much more smoothly that the branch of Qwench in Westwood, which took an astonishing three years to complete.  Look for a menu of juices, smoothies, bowls, sandwiches, kombucha, tea, and coffee.

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