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…