Café Crepe Caput In Downtown Santa Monica

Café Crepe has long anchored the corner of Broadway and The Third St. Promenade, and was perpetually crowded with tourists.  So it comes as a surprise that they have abruptly and unceremoniously closed up shop.  A brief note on the door bids a quick Au Revoir, and mentions the Canadian company’s other LA location, at Union Station.

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Panera Bread Decamps From Downtown Santa Monica

I’ve been receiving loads of messages from panicked Santa Monicans lamenting the demise of their beloved Panera Bread, in the landmark building at 501 Wilshire Blvd. that used to house Polly’s Pies.  What’s more, a demolition notice now hangs in the window.  Panera appears to be losing its presence on the Westside, with now-vacated locations in Westwood and Beverly Hills as well.  I’m keeping an eye on all three to see what may develop…

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Office Luck Taking Over Musha In Santa Monica: The Name Of The New Restaurant Is Shirubē

Many of you were in shock when I first told you about the disappearance of beloved Japanese restaurant Musha at 424 Wilshire Blvd. in Downtown Santa Monica.  Now it looks like a new tenant is going to give the diminutive space a go.  A new ABC application is posted on the front.  It doesn’t give much information, just an applicant name of Office Luck USA.  There is no business name listed.  I can’t locate anything on Office Luck, likewise the officer named on the application doesn’t reveal any insight.  If you have any more information, let me know…

Update:  Indeed a reader did know more (Thanks Ryan!):  The restaurant’s name will be Shirubē.  It will be an izakaya style restaurant that appears to be past their projected opening date.  Check out their Instagram page here.

Update:  Eater has the full skinny here.

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Hollywood Burger Starring In Santa Monica Soon

It was a sad day when, after a brave effort, the people behind Chou Chou French Patisserie decided to pull the plug at 313 Wilshire Blvd.  Now a new tenant is poised to move in.  With one location on Hollywood Blvd., it appears that Hollywood Burger will soon be delivering “gourmet-style burgers” to the good people of Santa Monica. HollywoodBurger.jpg

New Eateries Coming To Downtown Santa Monica… Halo Top, La Colombe, More!

I love good detective work…  A reader (Thanks SK!) sent me a pdf of a recent Downtown Santa Monica Market Report, which, on face value isn’t that riveting.  But if you scroll down to page 11, the document lists upcoming restaurants slated to open in Downtown.  Many I’ve already reported, but here are the ones I didn’t know about:  Halo Top Scoop Shop (304 Santa Monica Blvd.), La Colombe (604 Santa Monica Blvd.), Fresh Corn Grill (720 Wilshire), and Gyu-Kaku (231 Arizona Ave).

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Enso Tea/Acai Now Closed In Santa Monica

The diminutive space at 725 Broadway is hard pressed to keep a tenant.  In the distant past it was Bowl of Heaven, followed by Enso Tea/Acai.  But the acai craze is beginning to look a little tired lately, and Enso has vacated the location.  I’ll keep watching the troubled spot to see what may develop.

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Crimson Replacing Inotheke In Santa Monica

It looks like Santa Monica kale and kabob expert Crimson Mediterranean Cookhouse is expanding westward.  An ABC application pasted on the front of the erstwhile Inotheke space, at 606 Broadway suite 101, spills the beans.  The name on the application, well-known restaurateur Eiman Shekarchi, confirms that this is an offshoot of the Crimson on Ocean Park.  As for Inotheke, a gracious note on the door says that they plan on relocating.

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