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?
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.
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.
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.
Good people of Culver City, tacos are heading your way! There’s window paper announcing a branch of Teddy’s Tacos is moving into the space at 10601 Washington Blvd. #103 (corner of Overland). Teddy’s Tacos has locations in Pasadena and Industry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Window paper is up on one of the ground floor spaces in the mixed-use One Culver complex that sits between Washington and Culver Blvd. announcing a branch of innovative coffee purveyors Go Get Em Tiger. This branch will be their farthest west to date and sits on the Culver Blvd. side of the property, in space 104. GGET began as a pop-up in the Sqirl Café in 2012 and has currently expanded to seven locations. No word on an opening date yet.
It looks like popular Las Vegas Mediterranean chain Bok Bok Chicken is expanding its presence in LA. Back in June, they opened a location in Downtown LA. And now, a banner affixed to the front of a space in the Culver Crossroads shopping center on the corner of Washington and Sepulveda is announcing the expansion. Look for a menu of panini, pitas, and plates of shawerma, falafel, rotisserie chicken, with other Mediterranean specialties.
I just noticed a new banner and sign in front of the space at 11737 W Washington Blvd. in Culver City. I looks like something named Green Apple Café is moving in. Not much information out there on Green Apple, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see what develops.
The Culver City mercurial food scene continues its rocky ride… There’s a big for lease sign in the window of what used to be Signature Burger at 3835 Main St. in Downtown Culver City. Could it be due to the new Burgerim about to open just a few doors down? I’ll keep watching to see what may take its place.
Something is coming to the corner location at 3850 Main St. #A in Downtown Culver City. An ABC application lists the business name as Wild Child, which also happens to be the name of a kid’s gym nearby. But right next to the application, a small sign promises us that Piccalilli is soon to inhabit the space. It’s not uncommon for an ABC application to list a prototype name (or no name) and then later change the name to something else, so I’m betting on Piccalilli. I can’t find out much information on the new “general eating place”, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see…
With locations in Illinois and Indiana, a new “bubble tea lounge” is heading to Downtown Culver City. Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt ditched its conspicuous corner location at 3851 Main St. last year. Now a small notice is announcing that beverage and snack expert Latea is intent on moving in. Look for a wide menu of organic milk tea, tea drinks, specialty drinks, and snacks (seasoned fries).