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.
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’m passing this along… PS Science is an excellent cause that I personally support. I’ll see you there!
Looking for some post Halloween fun? Celebrate Día de los Muertos with us! Please join PS Science for an amazing night of fun to support exceptional science education in low-income elementary schools. Proceeds will go toward bringing the PS Science program to children in schools where science is otherwise rarely, if ever, taught.
• Enjoy unlimited craft beer, wine, and tasty tacos as well as rocking music, science explorations, and bar games
• At Boomtown Brewery in the Arts District of downtown LA!
• 21+ only
• Parking limited – ridesharing encouraged
• Up to $25 cash back reward on your Uber to the event through Freebird Rides
Tickets available at http://buytickets.at/psscience/181196
General admission $75 Admit one
Lab Partner $300 Expedited entry for 2/exclusive 7pm Brewmeister tour and tasting
Quantum Partner $500 Expedited entry for 2 with VIP access to food and bar/exclusive 7pm Brewmeister tour and tasting
Can’t attend? Support us by donating at psscience.org
Now an independent non-profit organization, PS Science began as a project of the Crossroads Community Outreach Foundation with critical seed funding from The Lemelson Foundation and the ongoing financial and operational support of Crossroads School.
With locations peppered across Southern California, popular office lunch spot Trimana is expanding into Santa Monica. You may recall that earlier this month I told you about the departure of Japanese convenience store Famima!! from the space at 1348 3rd St Promenade. Wasting no time whatsoever, Trimana Fresh Food Market has posted notices in the window announcing their impending arrival. No word on when they’ll open, but until they do, check out their menu and read more here.
With all eyes on swankier developments lately (I’m looking at you, The Point), other more plebeian developments are off the radar… except here. One giant multi-use development going into a less glamorous part of El Segundo is the massive Elevon, complete with retail, dining, offices, and hotels. And the area around appears to be benefitting as well. Right next door is another, smaller complex, The Edge, located on the corner of N. Douglas St. and E. Maple Dr. With a couple of outlets across The Valley and one in Downtown LA, it appears that The Hummus Republic is expanding into The Edge complex, right next to Elevon. Read more about their “Where Healthy Meets Tasty” Mediterranean menu and find out more here.
Downtown Santa Monica continues to be a flurry of urban renewal. I’ve been carefully watching the development on the corner of 7th and Arizona, which until recently has been concealed by scaffolding and plywood. All that came down this week to reveal an ABC application in the window. With locations in West Hollywood and Downtown LA, looks like popular casual eatery Caffe Primo is expanding west, to 702 Arizona Ave. to be exact. No word on an opening date yet, but until that magical day, you can read more here.