Wingstop Coming To Rancho Park

A new fast-food option is landing in Rancho Park in West LA.  There’s a banner up on the space at 11201 National Blvd. announcing that a branch of poultry purveyor Wingstop in taking over the space.  The strip mall where the address is located, at the corner of National and Sepulveda, has long been the home of another fan favorite Hamburger Habbit.

Standing’s Butchery Is Coming To Venice At Last

The news was first reported on this two years ago.  And then nothing happened.  But just this week, an ABC application has appeared on the front of the space at 202 Main St. in Venice confirming that Melrose’s Standing’s Butchery IS moving into the address after all.  This means Standing’s selection of ethically sourced local meats, with burgers and beer and wine, but you can read the full skinny on what this will mean for the Seaside Neighborhood on Eater’s original story here.

Kye’s Quits Montana Ave, Opening In Colony And Venice’s New Colony

Kye’s opened at 1518 Montana Ave. in November of 2014 and has maintained a solid fanbase ever since.  Their signature “KyeRito” (essentially a wrap that they describe as a “handheld bowl or salad”) was popular among the carb-conscious crowds of NoMa.  So I was quite surprised when readers began messaging me to let me know that Kye’s has closed at this location.  But don’t panic, they are moving the operation to West LA’s “smart kitchen” Colony at 11419 Santa Monica Blvd.  Their website also says that they will be opening in a new Colony at 411 Lincoln in Venice as well.

(Thanks Casey!)

Jennifer Pennifer Bakes Moving To Pico Blvd.

It appears that folks in the new Google building on Pico will have a sweet choice for lunch.  Jennifer Pinnifer Bakes is moving from their old location on National to 10839 W Pico Blvd, directly across from the complex.   Jennifer Pennifer Bakes, known for their handcrafted gourmet cheesecakes, also boasts a menu organic sandwiches, salads and other treats.  It looks like they’re planning on opening in the new location on 11/22, or at least that’s what the chalkboard in the window says. (Thanks Brad!)

Commissary Expands In LA

It looks like a new java joint is heading to the Del Rey neighborhood of LA.  Signs are already up in the new multi-use complex at 11612 Culver Blvd. announcing a branch of Commissary.  Commissary has been on the go for 10 years and has a smattering of locations across LA serving fair-trade, single origin coffee as well as teas, pastries, and selected food.

The Nook Breakfast Spot Expanding To Westchester

If you’re travelling South on Lincoln through Westchester, you might have noticed a large banner hanging on the wall of the former location of Chicago For Ribs at 8311 Lincoln Blvd.  The banner lets us know that The Nook Breakfast Spot is taking over the space.  The Nook Breakfast Spot has one location in Lomita and promises “homemade meals from scratch”.  Check out their Lomita location’s menu here.

Pudu Pudu Done Pushing Pudding In Century City And Everywhere Else In LA…

I must confess, I never entirely understood the concept of Pudu Pudu, the pudding specialists brought to you by German megabrand Dr. Oetker.  Apparently, I wasn’t alone.  After opening only in February of this year, they have thrown in the towel at their second-floor location inside the Westfield Century City Shopping Center.  And that’s not all.  They have closed all of their LA locations, as indicated by this sad good-bye notice on their website.

La La Rice Bringing Thai To Sawtelle

A sign has gone up at 11688 Gateway Blvd. (corner of Barrington) announcing that a new Thai eatery is coming to the Sawtelle neighborhood.  La La Rice appears close to opening.  I can’t seem to find out a lot about the new restaurant except that they have applied for a beer and wine license, so I guess we’ll have to wait on details.

Update: I’ve since heard from the good people over at La La Rice who asked me to pass along this link to their website.

(And yes, it officially is in “Sawtelle”, I carefully checked.)

Tulsi Bringing Plant-based “Modern Indian” To Westwood Village

A sharp-eyed reader (Thanks Kiko!) noticed window paper up on the former home of Veggie Grill at 10916 Lindbrook in Westwood Village.  The paper promises us a branch of “modern fast-casual Indian eatery” Tulsi.  Tulsi has two other locations in LA (with the ambitious goal to eventually bring “Indian food into every neighborhood”) and offers a menu of plant-based faves including dosa, samosas, kathi rolls, dabeli, and even a few tacos.

Sweet Lily Bakery Expanding To Culver City

A reader (Thanks Andrew!) wrote to tell me that he had spotted window signs up in the space that formerly housed Yalla Mediterranean at 9516 Culver Blvd.  The signs let us know that Sweet Lily Bakery is settling in.  Sweet Lily currently has a location on Cahuenga, and is the dream of two people from France, Marine and Thibaut, the latter of whom won “Best chocolate eclair of Paris”.  Expect a solid menu of French favorites including pastries, cakes, sandwiches, tartines, and quiche.

The Upper Crust Pizzeria Coming To Brentwood

People were devastated when favorite neighborhood French charmer Belle Vie fell victim to the Pandemic.  According to new signs, the space will soon be a branch of up-and-coming pie joint The Upper Crust Pizzeria.  You may recall that before Belle Vie, this space was the home for 40 years of Divita’s Pizzeria, so I guess this is a bit of a full circle.  The Upper Crust has locations in Massachusetts and California and offers a menu of “sort of famous” pizza, wings, lasagna, and calzone.

Vamos Vamos Replacing The Drift Kitchen In Santa Monica

A reader (Thanks Andrew!) wrote to tell me that he had noticed an ABC application in the window of the erstwhile location of The Drift Kitchen at 2917 Main St. in Santa Monica.  The application lists the name of the new restaurant as Vamos Vamos.  I can’t find any definitive information on this new eatery, so if you have any, let me know.  As for The Drift Kitchen, their website says they are searching for a new location, but in the meantime, they have a pop-up at their sister restaurant Rocketship Coffee on Melrose.

Update:  Read more about Vamos Vamos here.

Urban Skillet Opens In Santa Monica On…

It appears a new burger joint is close to opening in Santa Monica.  Almost overnight, signs went up at 2307 Main St. announcing that a branch of Urban Skillet is moving in.  Urban Skillet hails from Minnesota with a location in The Valley as well, and is known for their Halal burgers, as well as chicken burgers, wings, fries, and hand-blended shakes.  They will be throwing open their doors on Friday, March 11th at 12pm.  For their Grand Opening, they are offering a free burger when you buy a burger with this coupon.

Schwartz’s Adding Another Location In Pico-Robertson

Schwartz’s has been a stalwart presence in Pico-Robertson for a long time.  They opened in 1954, when they became the first kosher bakery in LA.  They have since increased to five retail locations, two of which are on Pico.  Now they’re expanding just a few doors down from their location at 8856 W Pico.  A spokesperson confirmed that the banner hanging over the front of 8820 W Pico is announcing the impending arrival of Schwartz’s Deli & BBQ.  

It’s Boba Time Bounces Into Beverly Grove

There’s a banner up on on the space at 8250 West 3rd Street, Suite 106 (corner of Sweetzer) in Beverly Grove announcing a branch of drink expert It’s Boba TimeIBT has a multitude of locations across The Southland with about 30 more in the works.  Expect a menu of 140 different customizable drinks including “smoothies, slushes, coffees, juices, milk teas, shaved ice, and milk foams” using fresh fruit and popular toppings.

BOP Asian Rice Bowl Coming To West 3rd St. In Beverly Grove

It appears that a new eatery is landing in the vacant space at 8234 W 3rd St. in LA (Beverly Grove) occupied in the past by such businesses as a barbershop and a women’s clothing store.  Now there’s a banner hanging over the front announcing the arrival of BOP Asian Rice Bowl.  Not much out there on BOP, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see what will be on offer besides rice.

Empire Hotdog Has A New Home In West LA

A delightful new outdoor dining experience has landed on Santa Monica Blvd. in West LA.  You could easily miss it if you weren’t looking, but set in the back of an empty lot at 11819 Santa Monica Blvd. is Empire Hotdog.  The food truck has build a clever home for itself in a park-like setting complete with tables and chairs and a large LED screen, that at the time I visited, was showing Shakira videos.  Grab a burger and a drink and sit under the stars marveling that such a place even exits in busy West LA.

Everytable Coming To Venice Blvd. @ Motor in LA

It wasn’t that long ago I thought that Everytable was down for the count.  But as it turns out, not a chance!  Only this week I told you about the massive and impressive proposed expansion for the socially-conscious chain that intends to make sure that “good food is affordable and accessible to all”.  Here’s another branch going into the space at 10419 W. Venice Blvd Suite 101-A (corner of Motor).  This location is planning on a November 12th opening.