I’ll never completely understand the process of opening a restaurant in Santa Monica. Many restaurateurs that I’ve spoken with over the years have complained of endless red tape and countless inspections with the result being an extraordinarily long time from inception to completion. But every once in a while, I’m astonished when an eatery opens in the blink of an eye. It was only just back in late August that I noticed the first signs of life stirring in the old Fraiche space at 312 Wilshire Blvd. Wasting no time whatsoever, Panini Café has officially thrown open its doors and is now serving “healthy Mediterranean” to the good people of Santa Monica. I’m sure many would love to get their hands on the magic charm they used to accomplish this feat.
I’ve long known that something was taking over the old star-crossed Fraiche space at 312 Wilshire Blvd. in Downtown Santa Monica. But for whatever reason, it has taken a ridiculously long time. Well, construction has finally begun, and an ABC application posted high above the door indicates that a branch of Panini Café will soon occupy the troubled address.
Back in January, I told you about the notices in the window announcing the development of the vacant star-crossed Fraiche space at 312 Wilshire Blvd. into an outpost of iPad-friendly, customizable restaurant chain Stacked: Food Well Built. Well, it appears that things may have changed… The Stacked announcements and permits have all been taken down and the “For Lease” signs are once again prominent. This isn’t the first time this has happened. Last year, the space became available after plans for a mysterious Chinese restaurant fell through. Could it be bad feng shui?
After a rocky stint courting a dubious Chinese restaurant last year, the vacant Fraiche space at 312 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica has found a new tenant. With four locations already across SoCal, Stacked: Food Well Built is developing the site. Stacked is an innovative casual restaurant that allows you to customize the ingredients for your burger, salad, pizza, or mac and cheese on iPads. No word on an opening date yet, but until then, you can read more here.
Must be bad Feng Shui… When last we checked, the space vacated by Fraiche restaurant at 312 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica was supposed to be in development for a dubious Chinese restaurant named Face. Well, all that appears to have fallen through as evidenced by the disappearance of all references to the upcoming Chinese restaurant and the prominent display of brand new “For Lease” signs. We’ll have to see what develops…