Ensoku Ramen Replaces PoKing In Santa Monica

I’m not exactly sure when it happened, but a new noodle joint has quietly slipped into the location that once housed the self-described “King of Poke”, PoKing at 2307 Main St. in Santa Monica.  An awning has appeared that lets us know Ensoku Ramen now resides at that address.  What’s on offer?  Rolls and ramen with “authentic broth, fresh ingredients”, and a “wide variety”.  And they’re open for take away.

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Station 26 Heading For Main St.

It appears that something new is taking over the Rick’s Tavern on Main space at 2907 Main St. in Santa Monica.  An ABC application posted on the front lists the business name as Station 26.  Station 26 just happens to be the closest lifeguard station on the beach.  I couldn’t find much information on this new eatery, so if you have any details let me know.

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Dave’s Doghouse Done In Santa Monica?

Three years ago, I first told you about a Josiah Citrin (Melisse, Charcoal) project moving into the old Santa Monica Electric Co. at 2428 Main St.  Since then, furtive signs of work have continued on and off for Dave’s Doghouse, which led me to believe that the restaurant was still in progress.  I know that many of you have been checking for updates on this project, but it appears it may have been abandonned.  The review signs and ABC application have been taken down, and the space was being inhabited by a pop-up shop selling goods for an elephant charity prior to the shutdown.  If you have any information, let me know…

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Bok Bok Continues Its Expansion Westward With Two New Locations…

The recent turnover in the food court of the Century City Shopping Center is breathing new life to into the dining scene there.  Plywood is up on the space that used to house Bibigo Kitchen (which has moved locations in the mall) announcing the impending arrival of Bok Bok Mediterranean.  And that’s not all:  According to their website, they will be opening a location at 235 Main St. in Venice as well.  Look for a menu of panini, pitas, and plates of shawerma, falafel, rotisserie chicken, with other Mediterranean specialties.

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Cowabunga Republic Wipes Out In Santa Monica

It appears that casual outdoor burger spot Cowabunga Republic has closed up shop at 2912 Main St. in Santa Monica.  The giant for lease sign on the front confirms the sad news.  Cowabunga Republic burst on the scene earlier this year with a lot of initial attention from locals.  I’m not sure what happened, but I’ll keep watching the unusual space to see what new venture may take a chance.

Kippy’s! Kicks The Bucket In Venice

Having opened in 2013, Kippy’s! Non-Dairy Ice Cream Shop had high hopes when they moved their location from Lincoln Blvd. to 245 Main St. in Venice.  Last week, however, a sad note was taped to the front door pronouncing Kippy’s! as closed.  A more detailed notice on their website graciously thanks their customers and promises a comeback.  We wish them the best of luck.

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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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