Plan Check, Le Pain Quotidien Exit Santa Monica, More!

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…

(Thanks SG!)

Joe & The Juice Lands In Beverly Hills

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).

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Le Pain Quotidien Hosts Cookie Decorating In BH

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.

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Marina Marketplace’s Restaurant Line-Up

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 QuotidienYardhouse, and Tender Greens.  The new AMC Dine-in Theater is now open.  All others are projecting a Spring 2013 opening.

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