Bar * Food Vanishes

Quirky neighborhood hang-out spot Bar * Food has flown the coop at 12217 Wilshire Blvd. in Brentwood.  The front is completely covered in plywood and their website has vanished.  Not sure what happened or what may be taking over, but I’ll keep watching…



Pho Ever Comes To The Westside

On a tip from a reader (Thanks Dean!), I went to check out what was going on on the corner of Barrington and Pico.  It looks like a new Vietnamese restaurant is going into the space at 2404 Pico.  I’m not sure when Pho Ever will be opening, or if it’s related to any of the other “Pho Ever” restaurants out there, so we’ll just have to wait and see…


Poke Club Bringing Yet More Raw Fish To LA

Is there room in Los Angeles for more poke shops?  They seem to be everywhere lately and you seldom have to walk more than 500 feet to find some form of raw fish.  With all that competition a new contender, Poke Club, is about to give it a go.  They are close to opening a new restaurant at 463 S. La Brea Ave. in Los Angeles.  We wish them luck…


Helados La Michoacana Starts Dispensing Icy Treats

Just in time for a hot summer…  Since I first told you about indications of a new icy treat shop moving into the commodious space at 11813 W. Santa Monica Blvd. in LA, a great many of you have been following its progress.  Helados La Michoacana has recently thrown open its doors for business.  A cursory peek inside reveals what looks like miles of wrap-around freezer counters loaded with every imaginable ice cream, frozen pop, and juice.


Marsa Taking Over The Layla Space On Wilshire

Back in 2010, I first noticed that a new eatery was landing in the space at 11906 W. Wilshire Blvd in LA.  Sadly, after an almost 7 year run, Layla Café has pulled up stakes.  And what’s on the horizon?  A sign in the window informs us that something called Marsa will soon be making itself at home.  Not much information out there yet on Marsa, but the notice in the window promises us “Mediterranean cuisine”.


The Nickel Bar Set To Take Over The Il Grano Space

Remember back in October of last year, when we were informed by Eater that Il Grano, Western LA’s fine Italian restaurant known for its truffle menus (and consequently La Bottega Marino next door) were closing?  Since then, I’ve been watching things carefully.  Recently, the façade was redone, and the windows papered over indicating that a new establishment was taking over.  And now we know what is coming to the space at 11359 Santa Monica Boulevard.  It turns out, the upcoming restaurant will be a new venture named The Nickel Bar, brought to you by the same people behind Studio City’s The Woodman and Cocina Condesa.  I had a chance to speak to a rep, who gave me the skinny on the upcoming bar/restaurant.  The focus here is local sourcing for drinks/food in a cozy neighborhood environment with a prominent bar.  And while they’re still working things out, the menu will feature New York style pizza.  We wish them the best of luck.  Look for a projected August 1st opening.