Bottlefish Set To Shake Things Up In Brentwood

Recently, I noticed that signs have gone up on space #200 in Brentwood Gardens that used to house Daily Grill at 11677 San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood announcing that a brand new entity, Bottlefish appears to be moving in.  I couldn’t track down much on Bottlefish until I checked the ABC license application.  It indicates that the familiar names behind Bottlefish are Richard Rosenfield and Larry Flax, the founders of California Pizza Kitchen (they have since sold CPK a number of years back).  I’m not sure what the concept here will be, but I’m going out on a limb and guessing that fish will feature heavily, and possibly bottles too.  No word on an opening date, and construction is only just beginning, but I’ll keep watching.

Update:  Bottlefish is now open as of 12/08


Chick ‘N’ Ribs Now Closed In SMP

And here again we find ourselves in the midst of “Closure Season”, when the end of Summer beach crowds begin to dwindle and restaurants disappear right in front of our eyes.  There have already been a fair number of recent closings: Elaine’s, Daily Grill, and Manchu Wok.  The latest to join their sad ranks?  Chick ‘N’ Ribs is now closed in the troubled food court of Santa Monica Place.




Elaine’s Bakery & Cafe Now Closed In Brentwood

Knowing all that goes into opening a restaurant, it is never happy news to report a closure.  Sadly, it appears that after being open almost one year, Elaine’s Bakery & Café is now closed at 11677 San Vicente Blvd. Suites 315 & 317 at the top of Brentwood Gardens.  And they wasted no time clearing out by the looks of things.  This leaves two big empty spaces in the Brentwood Gardens, the other being the old Daily Grill space.  (A reader informed me that rumor has it the Daily Grill space will be inhabited by a Mendocino Farms, but I cannot confirm this…)