Congratulations good people of Malibu! You’re about to get a new java joint. While there is no obvious sign, the windows of space #7 in the Malibu Country Mart at 3835 Cross Creek Road are blackened with the words “But first, coffee”. You might recognize this phrase as the tagline for the sleek third-wave purveyor of caffeinated drinks Alfred Coffee.
It was only back in June when I told you about the sad disappearance of popular gelato spot Grom from its location at 3888 Cross Creek Rd. in Malibu. Wasting no time whatsoever, a new caffeine and icy treat shop has sprung up in Grom‘s former digs. Electrically named Joules & Watts Coffee recently opened and is offering their proprietary specialty weekly-roasted coffee as well as ice cream. We wish them the best of luck…
I’ve some sad news for the legions of gelato fans who trecked to Malibu for a taste of Italy… Grom Malibu appears to have vacated its long-held location at 3888 Cross Creek Rd. Not sure what happened, but the signage has been pulled down and paper is covering the windows. I’ll keep an eye on the space.
Recently, I noticed an ABC application affixed to the window of Malibu’s branch of cutting-edge retailer Fred Segal, at 3822 Cross Creek Rd. The application is a “winegrower” type and promises us that we’ll be able to sample libations from Summer Somewhere Wines sometime soon. Wine and shopping? Sounds perfect…
Mr. Chow quietly slipped out of their location at 3835 Cross Creek Rd., in the Malibu Country Mart, back in January. The space is currently gutted to make way for the new tenant. A large banner over the front is announcing that the new eatery will be none other than a branch of Montecito’s perennially popular swanky steakhouse Lucky’s. Seems like a match made in heaven.
The Park at Cross Creek development at 23401 Civic Center Dr. is certainly changing things up in Malibu. Yet another restaurant is snatching up one of the spaces. The people behind Malibu’s longtime pie fave D’Amore’s Pizza are planning on opening Cafe D’Amore in the hot property. And according to their FB page, they’re also shooting for a location in Calabasas as well.
The Park at Cross Creek development, at 23401 Civic Center Dr., is poised to really perk up the Malibu dining scene. Another new restaurant landing in the shopping center is Real Coconut. Real Coconut hails from Tulum, Mexico and offers a “plant focused” menu that is “free of gluten, grain, dairy, and refined sugar”, and is cooked only with avocado oil. Read more about this fascinating new restaurant here.
Beloved local institution Howdy’s Taqueria used to reside in the Country Mart. Apparently the owner, Howdy Kabrins, shuttered the eatery due to some personal reasons that you can read about in this article. But Howdy’s is coming back to Malibu. The new location is in the new The Park at Cross Creek development at 23401 Civic Center Dr. We wish them the best of luck.
It looks like Malibu is about to get another coffee option. Window paper is up on an erstwhile real estate agency space in the shopping center at 29575 Pacific Coast Hwy. announcing that something called Alessi Coffee Lab is intent on moving in. I don’t have much information about Alessi, nor do I have any knowledge if they are related to the famous Italian brand. But the window paper promises us all-natural, mineral-rich organic drinks.
It looks like Malibu will get its very own Whole Foods. I recently noticed the development on the corner of Cross Creek and Civic Center Way with a big sign confirming it. Not sure of an opening date. The sign says Spring 2019, but it looks like they’ve a ways to go…
I recently spotted an ABC application pasted to the front of the bright and airy space at 22333 PCH in Malibu, near the newish Caffe Luxxe, in the recently remodeled Sands Center. The app lists the name of the new restaurant as Nicolas Eatery. The Malibu Chamber of Commerce describes the upcoming eatery as “fast casual”, using “regional produce” in a “welcoming atmosphere”. A little deeper dig reveals that the new eponymous restaurant is connected to Nicolas Fanucci, who is a former general manager at the erstwhile Bouchon Bistro in Beverly Hills.
I recently came across plywood covering a space in the Malibu Lumber Yard announcing that something called Shelby’s Sugar Shop was moving in. As it turns out, SSS is the brainchild of Washington Prime Group Inc., and is part of an overall plan to breathe life into struggling retail shopping malls, at least according to Bloomberg. It looks like other locations are opening across America, but this will be the LA area’s first and very own.
It looks like artisanal coffee purveyor Caffe Luxxe is expanding. I just noticed their signs are up on an empty space in the freshly remodeled shopping center at 22335 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. Their website also promises a new location in the Montecito Country Mart in Montecito as well.
Malibu’s ne plus ultra stylish charmer Nobu will begin serving breakfast today (Friday July 10th) according to their website and confirmed by a company spokesperson. One can only imagine what culinary magic the perpetually popular restaurant intends on bestowing on the good people of Malibu, but the brekkie blessings will be flowing only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 9am to 12pm. Does this mean we’re getting closer to the highly anticipated opening of the nearby Nobu Ryokan?
With so few places to dine at the ocean’s edge in LA, one of the loveliest spots to meander through a leisurely lunch is surely the elegant Malibu Beach Inn. A source recently told me that the restaurant in the Malibu Beach Inn at 22878 Pacific Coast Highway is about to get a major overhaul. Not long ago, the Inn changed hands and the new owners are looking to upgrade, perhaps due to the fact that they may be facing stiff competition from the upcoming Nobu Ryokan just down the street. Many of the changes will be cosmetic and the ocean front patio will be enlarged. They are also (finally) adding a place to store wine. They will remain open during construction.