Kindred Spirit’s Grand Opening This Weekend In Santa Monica

I first told you about Kindred Spirit back in June, when I noticed help wanted flyers on the former ISno Cafe and Monsieur Marcel space at 1260 Third Street Promenade.  KS opened back in August, but is hosting a Grand Opening event this weekend.  The good folks at Kindred Spirit reached out to me and asked me to pass this along to you:

“Kindred Spirit – a new project from the Demitasse coffee geeks featuring an all day menu of alcohol free cocktails, lunch and brunch plates, and a rotating seasonal menu of classic patisserie inspired by the Santa Monica farmers market in a plant filled open air space on the Promenade is now open and will be having a grand opening event this weekend.

Kindred Spirit has been soft open since August but will be celebrating an official grand opening the weekend of October 23rd with a “Sober October” event from 12-4p featuring the launch of of their fall menu, an adult and family friendly mocktail and craft session with Makers Mess (dried floral wreaths like these), and complimentary sampling from the Free Spirits alcohol free spirit brand who are featured in a number of Kindred Spirit’s elixirs. Makers Mess craft session complimentary with food and beverage purchase.

Following that Kindred Spirit has a number of on site alcohol free brand pop-ups planned through the holidays and into Dry January.”

KS Lox of things Bagel /Photo: Carolina Korman

Kindred Spirit Coming To Downtown Santa Monica

ISno Cafe closed its doors early this year, leaving the former Monsieur Marcel space at 1260 Third St. Promenade once again empty.  But there’s a small now hiring notice hanging in the window that lists a new business, Kindred Spirits, is moving in.  There’s not much out there about KS, except a job listing calling for bartenders, baristas, pastry cooks, and hosts.  But the contact email on the notice references Cafe Demittase, which is the quiet neighborhood coffee spot just north of Wilshire on Third St.  I have no clear understanding of what the relationship is, so if you have more info, let me know.

ISno Cafe Gone From Downtown Santa Monica

I first noticed banners declaring the intended arrival of “shaved snow creation” shop iSno Cafe in January of 2019.  It took them a year, but they opened in January of 2020.  And now in less than a year, sadly, they have closed their doors at 1260 Third St. Promenade.  COVID to blame?

ISno Café Showering Downtown Santa Monica With Healthy Taiwanese Shaved Snow Soon

A banner is up on the old Monsieur Marcel space at 1260 3rd St. Promenade announcing a branch of Taiwanese shaved snow dessert people iSno Café.  For those who are unclear, Taiwanese shaved snow is a milk-based “snow” topped with various toppings.  What makes iSno different is that, according to their website, instead of copious quantities of condensed milk and canned fruit, theirs is made from “organic lactose-free, low-fat milk infused with organic honey and sugarcane” and using “real fruit with puree and superfood with no condensed milk”.   ISno currently has one other location in Irvine.

Update:  I heard from a company spokesperson who clarified:  ISno is NOT a Taiwanese dessert shop, but rather their own brand with a uniquely “shaved snow creation”, as well as organic teas and coffees, and made-to-order croissant pastries.  We wish them the best of luck.

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