Forma Set To Take Over The Chaya Venice Space

I’d been hearing whispers (Thanks T!) that Montana Avenue’s perennially-busy fave Italian joint Forma was expanding into the cavernous hole left by the abrupt closure of Chaya Venice at the corner of Navy and Main St, but I had no evidence.  Now there’s proof.  An ABC application recently went up in the window confirming that the good people of Venice will soon be getting a Forma of their very own.

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PokeCeviche Landing On Main St. In Santa Monica

Back in October of 2017 I first noticed that a bowl joint was taking over the erstwhile Knuckle & Claw space at 2715 Main St. in Santa Monica.  But there hasn’t been any definitive proof about the impending eatery until now.  A sign recently went up in the window letting us know that this will be a branch of PokeCeviche.   PokeCeviche has four other locations (Santa Barbara, Oxnard, and Pomona), but this will be their first foray into The Westside.  Look for a menu of signature and custom bowls, nachos, poke tacos, ceviche tostadas, and Japanese soups.PokeCeviche.jpg

“Jolie” Replacing Bareburger On Main St. In Santa Monica

Bareburger quietly slipped out of its space at 2732 Main St. in Santa Monica last month.  Wasting no time, it looks like a new contender is ready to give the capricious Main St. food scene a try.  A new ABC application has already gone up in the window.  The applicant is listed as Jolie LLC and the business name is oddly marked “_._._._ Jolie“.  No idea what this means, and there’s no information out there that I can find, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see…

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Fork-In Aussie Pies Closes August 31 In Santa Monica: New French Restaurant Expected

Comfort food expert Fork-In Aussie Pie Kitchen is closing its beach adjacent location at 2510 Main St. Suite B in Santa Monica.  But no need to feel sorry for them.  They are actually closing this location so they can focus on expanding the brand, including into retail according to a spokesperson.  And what’s next for the prime space?  I was informed by the Aussie Pie folks that a new French restaurant is moving in.  An ABC application is posted, but no business name is listed.  The applicant, Maison Thouvard LLC, has ties to Santa Barbara.

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Thai Vegan II Opens In Santa Monica

Earlier this month, I told you about the teaser banner on the front of the space that used to house Pot & Pan Thai restaurant at 2315 Santa Monica Blvd.  Thai Vegan II recently opened as is now dishing all manner of veganized Thai specialties.  This is the sister restaurant of Main Street’s popular Thai Vegan, although my understanding is that the menus aren’t exactly the same.

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4 Jems Opening A Restaurant In Santa Monica

It appears that something new is coming the space that used to house the second incarnation of Books and Cookies at 2309 Main St. in Santa Monica, at least according to a recently posted ABC application.  The application lists the applicant as 4 Jems Restaurants LLC, but omits an actual business name.  An online search yields links to buzzy Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken in LA.  So, I guess we’ll have to wait and see what develops.  Let me know if you have any information…