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…

 

 

Fresh Bowls Arriving On Main St. In SM…

The windows on the space at 2715 Main St. in Santa Monica, formerly the home of the erstwhile lobster specialists Knuckle & Claw, is preparing to have a new tenant.  A small notice taped to the front door references something called Fresh Bowls.  An online search reveals that there are a number of unrelated restaurants across the US and a small chain in Canada utilizing that name, so I don’t have any conclusive evidence as to what exactly will be moving in, or even if that will be the name of the new restaurant.  As always, I’ll keep watching…

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PoKing Dishing Raw Fish To Main St. Soon…

I’d thought we’d seen a slow down in the poke phenomena that has descended upon us in recent years, but apparently not.  Another contender is vying for our attention in Santa Monica.  Signs are up on the space that once was occupied by Rita’s Frozen Custard, at 2307 Main St., announcing that self-described “King of Poke” PoKing will soon be moving in.

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