Signs recently went up on a space in The Point, on the corner of Rosecrans and Sepulveda in El Segundo, announcing that a branch of “modern organic Mexican” chain Tocaya Organica is continuing its unrelenting expansion. Not sure of an opening date yet. According to their website, they’re also opening locations soon in Westwood, Century City, Hollywood, San Diego, Scottsdale, and Chicago.
It looks like a new contender is vying for the attention of hungry lunchtime workers in the busy food scene of El Segundo. Il Romanista recently opened in the space at 829 N. Douglas St. that used to be the home of ZPizza. The new restaurant claims that it is the first to bring Roman-style pizza al taglio to Los Angeles. Pizza al taglio is baked in large rectangular pans and cut into squares with large scissors that you can see in the photo below. Read more about them and check out their menu here.
Is competition in the food scene getting too stiff in the El Segundo area? New multi-use complexes are popping up right and left. There’s the developing Elevon project, Apollo Landing, and Manhattan Village is getting a much-needed redo. But there are signs that things are wearing thin. Many empty spaces still sit in the newish The Point. And older shopping centers are beginning to bleed tenants. Plaza El Segundo has had a number of vacant storefronts for a while. Recently, customized burger joint The Counter pulled up stakes there. Courageous expanding Indian restaurant chain Samosa House has settled in and is giving it a go, making this their fifth location. We wish them the best of luck.
Back in February, I told you about the closure of Romano’s Macaroni Grill at 2321 Rosecrans Ave. in El Segundo. Since then, construction has been fast and furious on a brand new restaurant. According to the ABC license posted out front, something called Kona Sushi will soon inhabit the cavernous space.
Manhattan Beach’s popular purveyor of “New Zealand’s coffee culture” is continuing to expand. Signs are up on the space at 321 Main St. in El Segundo that used to be the home of Steve’s Burgers announcing that Two Guns Kitchen will soon be plying the locals and captive industry folks with flat whites. I’m not sure when they will be opening, but it looks like they’re not too far off…
As you know, I’ve been watching the food scene materialize at the Elevon development in El Segundo. So far, there’s a Bowlology, and upcoming Petros Kafe, and a Lisa’s Café & Bakery. And now we can add one more to that list. An ABC license application in the window of the space at 735 N. Douglas St. lets us know that a second location of Long Beach’s Ocean Market Grill will soon be moving in. It looks like we can expect a menu of tacos, salads, and… fish.
It looks like red sauce pasta joint Romano’s Macaroni Grill has quit their location at 2321 Rosecrans Ave. in El Segundo. All signs have been taken down and the restaurant looks empty. Not sure what happened or what may be moving into the cavernous space, but I’ll keep watching…