The Santa Monica Whaler Set To Make A Splash In Downtown SM…

The Venice Whaler has been the go-to destination in Venice since 1944.  Now they are bringing their beachy vibes and fish tacos to the Good People of Santa Monica.  Ma’Kai, on the corner of Broadway. and Ocean Ave. in Downtown, closed up shop during the pandemic.  A number of months ago plywood went up on the front, and eventually a help wanted notice hinted at what the new bar/eatery was going to be.  But now it’s official:  Recently installed signs declare that this will indeed be a new outpost of the legendary Beach party spot, The Santa Monica Whaler.

Red O Replacing 41 Ocean In SM

First I heard rumors… then a tip from a reader… And now finally confirmation from a spokesperson for 41 Ocean in Santa Monica make it official:  Red O, which was originally reported to have been going into the Ma’Kai space, will instead be taking over  41 Ocean on the corner of Colorado and Ocean in Santa Monica.  41 Ocean, which was the public restaurant for the private lounge in the back, launched in November of last year but never really took off.  Now open only for private events, the space will begin to be developed by Red O in the near future, bringing Rick Bayless’  signature brand of Mexican cuisine to the beach.  No word on any dates, but I’ll keep my eye on it…

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