Santa Monica has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic: 40% of businesses in The Third St. Promenade are now permanently closed. And Montana Ave. and Main St. aren’t faring much better. With such a bleak outlook, I’m glad that I was able to post some good news this week. This is the third post in a row about new eateries moving into Downtown Santa Monica, surely an indication of hope… A new sign is proudly declaring that the space that used to be home for Le Pain Quotidien, at 316 Santa Monica Blvd., will be the future location for a branch of wildly popular and beloved Trejo’s Tacos. This is indeed exciting news for the area.
Yikes! It appears that an exodus of eateries has occurred in Downtown Santa Monica after the Holidays. Plan Check has checked out of 1401 Ocean Ave. Le Pain Quotidien has said adieu to 316 Santa Monica Blvd. (A note in the window blames an expiring lease agreement.) And, after a valiant effort, Creams & Dreams has closed their nitrogen ice cream outpost at 219 Arizona after four years. Sad…
I recently noticed the papered-over windows on the space at 9632 S. Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills, just to the right of Le Pain Quotidien, announcing yet another juice store arriving soon… Except, it isn’t just another juice store. It’s an outpost of übercool international lifestyle/juice brand Joe & The Juice. Hailing from Denmark, the brand is apparently known for hiring hunky guys and promoting “bro culture” (at least according to Business Insider, and trust me, you’re gonna want to read this article).
The Beverly Hills outpost of ubiquitous Belgian café chain Le Pain Quotidien is hosting a children’s cookie decorating event in honor of Valentine’s Day. The little ones can try their luck with heart-shaped cookies this Saturday, February 8th from 4pm to 5pm. Space is bound to be tight so call (310) 859-1100 as quickly as your little fingers can dial to reserve your spot.
Banners on the fencing surrounding the renovation of the Marina Marketplace at 13450 Maxella Avenue in Marina Del Rey announce that the following restaurants will be going into the development: Le Pain Quotidien, Yardhouse, and Tender Greens. The new AMC Dine-in Theater is now open. All others are projecting a Spring 2013 opening.