Big Mango Café has been serving the hungry workers of Silicon Beach for over seven years. Recently, they gave up their popular location at 12035 E Waterfront Dr. in Playa Vista. But if you’re a fan of their signature sandwiches, wraps, and salads, all is not lost. Big Mango Café is relocating to another busy industry hot spot: 777 S Aviation Blvd. #107 in El Segundo. We wish them the best of luck.
Van Leeuwen, who started out in 2008 in New York as a food truck, is turning into an empire with locations on both coasts. Paper is up the windows of the kiosk (that was previously Lil’ Simmzy’s) in the center of El Segundo’s The Point informing us that they are about to land an outpost of the popular purveyor of frozen treats. On offer? Artisan ice creams, vegan ice creams, sundaes, vegan chocolate chip cookies, and shakes.
I first told you about the arrival of a brand new Chin Chin and BBCM (The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker) to the space that used to be occupied by P.F. Chang’s back in early April. Since then, there has been a deluge of people checking for updates, so here you go… Both Chin Chin and BBCM are now up and running in their new locations at 2041 Rosecrans in El Segundo. You’re welcome.
With locations scattered across the US, it looks like an upscale seafood restaurant is making its first inroad into LA County. Banners are up on the fencing surrounding the renovation at 2101 Rosecrans in El Segundo announcing the impending arrival of Eddie V’s Prime Seafood. If you recall a while ago, the location used to be home to a branch of McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks. Eddie V’s is a brand of parent company Darden Restaurants Inc. whose other brands include Olive Garden, The Capital Grille, and Yard House as well. Expect the “finest seafood and steaks”, “world-class wine”, and live jazz all served with “unmistakable elegance”.
It looks like poultry purveyor Chick-fil-A is continuing its relentless conquest of LA. A massive space is being cleared for the new restaurant at 740 N Sepulveda in El Segundo. According to the Daily Breeze, the planning documents reveal that the new “single-story 4,996 square-foot restaurant will seat up to 118 people and include an outdoor patio”. The article also reports a new Chick-fil-A location in Redondo Beach as well…
Ever since longtime El Segundo fixture Main St. Café closed its doors a while back at 450 Main St., I’ve been watching to see what may take a chance on the iconic location. We now have a taker… A new ABC application spills the beans that Tapizon is intent on moving in. Notices in the window promise to connect people with the “abundant health benefits of natural Amazonian ingredients” and to create a Tropi-Cali Lifestyle, which they describe as a “fusing of natural ingredients, authentic settings and original recipes with local flavors and culture”.
It looks like El Segundo is getting a new frozen treat shop. Downtown’s hippest art gallery El Cuervo recently closed at 417 Main St. A new sign in the window lets us know that expanding chain Gelato-Go will soon be delivering artisanal Italian gelato to the good people of El Segundo.
And while we’re on the subject of P.F. Chang’s, here’s more bad news… A sharp-eyed reader (Thanks E.R.!) noticed that P.F. Chang’s building at 326 Wilshire Blvd. was listed as up for lease last week. There aren’t any obvious signs that it will be closing, and they certainly still seem busy, but if the if the LoopNet ad is to be believed, they’ll be out before July 1. I don’t know what’s going on at P.F. Chang’s, but this certainly doesn’t look good following the recent closure of their El Segundo location as well.
It looks like P.F. Chang’s is out from its longtime location at 2041 Rosecrans Suite 120 in El Segundo. And replacing it? Banners are up letting us know that a brand new branch of dim sum and Chinese chicken salad experts Chin Chin will soon be moving in. But that’s not all… There’s also a banner trumpeting the arrival of BBCM to the same location. In case you’re unfamiliar with the mini chain, BBCM stands for “The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker” and offers a menu of “modern California cuisine with European influences” and baked goods in a bright and cheerful setting.
Burgerim continues its march to world domination… Signs are up on the space at 831 N. Douglas in El Segundo announcing an impending branch of Israeli chain Burgerim. I don’t know exactly when the Lilliputian burgers will start flowing, but they look like they’re close.
Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman is spreading his signature brand of confectionary good news to El Segundo. Window paper is up on a space in the back development of Plaza El Segundo (730F S. Allied Way) announcing that a branch of Duff’s Cake Mix is on the way. And what is Duff’s Cake Mix? According to their website, they are a “do-it-yourself cake and cupcake decorating studio” for parties of one to twelve, as well as for classes, hosting corporate events, and other special occasions.
The El Segundo restaurant scene continues its volatile ride… It appears that OG Plaza El Segundo eatery Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill has quit its space at 780 S Sepulveda Blvd. I had thought maybe they were remodeling, but the place is gutted and the signs have come down. It looks like something new is coming because the construction is fast and furious. I’ll keep watching to see what develops.
Well that didn’t take long… It was only back in January when I told you about short-lived Samosa House’s disappearance from the back development of Plaza El Segundo, on the corner of Rosecrans and Sepulveda in El Segundo. Now another courageous restaurant is giving the tricky location a go. It looks like rapidly expanding healthy Mediterranean eatery Soom Soom Fresh Mediterranean is moving in. They appear to be living up to their mission to bring falafel, shawarma, and hummus “across Los Angeles and beyond”.
Update: I heard from a company rep who told me they’re shooting for an April opening.
I recently noticed papered over windows at 733 Douglas, at the front of the still-developing Elevon complex in El Segundo, announcing that a new restaurant, Fantastic, will soon be joining the other eateries. I was curious if it’s the same Fantastic as the Fantastic Café on Main St., so I called the café. According to a spokesperson, Fantastic is a franchise, and the two are (confusingly) not related, except for the shared name. According to the paper on the window, expect a menu of “breakfast, burgers, tenders, salads, shakes”. If you have any more information on this, let me know…
With competition in El Segundo/Manhattan Beach stiff, the restaurant scene in the back development of Plaza El Segundo is fighting for life. In 2017, an outpost of Samosa House took over The Counter space at the front of the mall. But now, it appears, they have given up the ghost as evidenced by the papered-over windows. That leaves only three eateries left, including an increasingly isolated Veggie Grill.
Remember back in January when I first told you about the impending arrival of a cult fave bakery to the space at 225 Main St. in Downtown El Segundo? Well, after what seemed like an eternity, Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery throws open their doors for their grand opening at 5pm today, with festivities and freebies the entire weekend. With over 200 locations, and appearances on Cupcake Wars, The View, and in USA Today, the confectionary treat shop is sure to become destination.
I recently spotted an ABC application on an old brick building in Downtown El Segundo, at 130 W. Grand Ave. (corner of Richmond). As it turns out, it looks like this will be a new location for the El Segundo Brewing Company, currently located on Main St. I haven’t confirmed if they will be closing the other location, but this certainly looks like an extensive build-out.
Update: Eater is reporting that the new restaurant will be called The Slice and Pint.
A great many of you have been eagerly anticipating the opening of the El Segundo branch of wildly popular San Francisco-based Philz Coffee, at 2191 Rosecrans Ave. Philz Coffee will officially throw open its doors and begin dispensing mint mojito coffees on Tuesday, April 24. But if you pop by on Monday, April 23rd, you can sample complimentary coffee and pastries. You’re welcome…
If you follow this blog, you know how competitive the food scene in El Segundo is. Case in point: Once popular Mexican restaurant La Sirena Grill has closed up shop at 710-D Allied Way as the hungry aerospace crowds have moved on to Apollo Landing and The Point. I’ll keep watching to see what develops.
A sign hanging at 225 Main St. in Downtown El Segundo informs us that a branch of the much-lauded Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery will soon be opening. With over 200 locations, and appearances on Cupcake Wars, The View, and in USA Today, the sweet shop is sure to bring a lot of attention to the laid-back beach community. Look for a menu of 18 signature cupcake flavors as well as 15 flavors of small batch ice cream made fresh daily.
Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery bringing celebrated confections to Downtown El Segundo.