Pinches Tacos Closed In Santa Monica Place

Mall food courts are being hit hard this year.  More evidence?  Pinches Tacos has vacated its prominent spot in Santa Monica Place.  That leaves three empty eateries in the sputtering court.

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What’s Going On At Obica In Santa Monica?

I’ve been carefully watching the branch of international Italian brand Obica at 606 Broadway in Downtown Santa Monica.  Recently, the restaurant went silent, and the shades have been pulled down.  A sign on the door promises a renovation, new management, and a new concept…  all by February 10th.  But things look a bit dodgy:  While I was checking for progress, a self-identified former employee approached me and told me that the staff were unceremoniously sacked with no promise of rehire.  His assumption is that Obica Mozzarella Bar is permanently gone.  A cursory glance inside the front door reveals that nothing has been touched and no work has commenced. I’ll keep watching but we’ve seen this kind of thing before…

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Plan Check, Le Pain Quotidien Exit Santa Monica, More!

Yikes!  It appears that an exodus of eateries has occurred in Downtown Santa Monica after the Holidays.  Plan Check has checked out of 1401 Ocean Ave.  Le Pain Quotidien has said adieu to 316 Santa Monica Blvd.  (A note in the window blames an expiring lease agreement.)  And, after a valiant effort, Creams & Dreams has closed their nitrogen ice cream outpost at 219 Arizona after four years.  Sad…

(Thanks SG!)

Z Pastabar Now Closed In Santa Monica Place

Back in June of 2017, I applauded Z Pastabar’s courageous decision to brave the sputtering food scene in Santa Monica Place.  At the time, Z Pastabar had high hopes of a big expansion across the LA area.  Sadly, it appears that things did not go as planned:  Following their other SoCal locations, Santa Monica Place‘s branch of Z Pastabar is now closed.

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Pinkberry Disappears From Downtown Santa Monica…

Once a darling with posing celebrities, Pinkberry lead the pack in the frozen yogurt explosion a number of years back.  Could this be an indication that times and tastes have moved on?  I was surprised to see that Pinkberry has vanished from its prime location at 1456 Third Street Promenade.  I’ll keep watching to see what may take over the space.

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NC’s Jazz Shack Swings Into Santa Monica

I’ve been watching the commodious space at 1413 5th St. in Downtown Santa Monica ever since its longstanding tenant, Wokcano, disappeared about a year ago.  It finally looks like a new venture is moving in.  An ABC application recently went up announcing the impending arrival of NC’s Jazz Shack.  I can’t seem to find much information out there on NC’s, but I’ll keep watching…

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Fritto Misto Taking Over Native Space In Santa Monica…

I can’t take credit for this uncovering this, but people have been curious about the old Native space on the corner of 7th and Santa Monica Blvd. in Downtown Santa Monica ever since celebrity chef Nyesha Arrington pulled the plug, so I’m passing this information on…  Just this week, the Santa Monica Daily Press reported that longtime neighborhood fave pasta joint Fritto Misto will be moving into the aforementioned erstwhile Native location.  Apparently, their old cozy corner spot at 601 Colorado will be demolished to make way for a new eight story apartment building.  That means that their neighbor, sushi restaurant Ninjin, will also be moving out.  If you don’t know about Fritto Misto, it is an under-the-radar Italian cafe with a fiercely loyal fanbase and a second location in Hermosa Beach.  We wish them the best of luck.FrittoMisto.jpg