If you follow this blog, then you know that I’ve been carefully watching the massive redo of Manhattan Village in Manhattan Beach. The extensive project will add a whole new open air addition called Village Shops, greatly expanding the retail and restaurant space. The latest restaurant news? I now have confirmation that the wildly beloved bakery Sidecar Doughnuts is opening in the Fall of 2020, and popular purveyor of salads and bowls Sweetgreen is slated for the Winter of 2020.
You may know that Manhattan Village, the shopping center on the corner of Rosecrans and Sepulveda in Manhattan Beach, is undergoing a major over-haul including adding new buildings and outdoor walkways… and new restaurants as well. I’ve already told you about Mercado (already open), and upcoming Urban Plates. But as you can see at least three more are announced: A branch of Edoardo Baldi’s coffee and nibbles bar Edo Little Bites, Dan Modern Chinese (which still hasn’t opened in Westwood), and Joey Restaurants are all on their way.
About a year ago, I told you about OC’s fave natural/organic grocer and eatery Mother’s Market & Kitchen taking over the old Fresh & Easy location at 1700 Rosecrans Ave. in Manhattan Beach as part of a greater push into LA County. After an extensive remodel of the space, it appears they are poised to open. As per the banner hanging on the side of the building, Mother’s Market & Kitchen will officially throw open their doors on March 16th.
As you may know, Manhattan Village is currently getting tarted up with a $180 million redo. Flashy new shops and restaurants are promised. One of the first out of the gate is a brand new branch of Jesse Gomez’/Jose Acevedo’s ever-popular contemporary Mexican powerhouse Mercado, moving into the old Brickworks space at the front of the mall. It looks like they’re shooting for a Summer 2019 opening.
If you read this blog, you probably know that Manhattan Village, the upscale shopping center on the corner of Rosecrans and Sepulveda in Manhattan Beach, is getting tarted up with a major redo. I’ve been watching carefully to see what the new dining scene will look like. The latest news? It appears that the space that used to be the home of Sesame Moe’s will soon be a branch of San Diego-based Urban Plates. It looks like they’re shooting for a Spring Opening.
Update: Urban Plates is now open.
If you read this blog, then you know that I’ve been tracking the progress as Manhattan Village, on the corner of Sepulveda and Rosecrans, undergoes its massive overhaul. Here’s the latest: California Pizza Kitchen is getting a flashy new home across from the branch of US Bank. Check out more details on the mall’s transformation here.
I recently noticed an ABC application announcing that Orange County’s natural/organic powerhouse Mother’s Market & Kitchen is taking over the old Fresh & Easy space at 1700 Rosecrans Ave. in Manhattan Beach. Apparently, this is part of a greater push into LA County that has also resulted in the recent opening of a branch in Signal Hill. Expect a “wide selection for specialized diets, top quality local and organic produce, [and] the county’s largest selection of supplements”, as well as a “beer and wine eating place”.
Update: Mother’s opens on March 16th.
I’ve been keeping a close eye on Manhattan Village, the shopping mall on the corner of Rosecrans and Sepulveda in Manhattan Beach. With stiff competition from many new shopping and multi-use complexes next door in El Segundo, Manhattan Village is currently getting a much-needed redo. Here’s the latest progress: A new Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is under construction in a brand new part of the mall at the farthest southern point on the property, and just to the right is the new See’s Candies. Check out an artist’s rendering of the flashy new mall here, and in the mean time, I’ll keep watching as details emerge…
Is competition in the food scene getting too stiff in the El Segundo area? New multi-use complexes are popping up right and left. There’s the developing Elevon project, Apollo Landing, and Manhattan Village is getting a much-needed redo. But there are signs that things are wearing thin. Many empty spaces still sit in the newish The Point. And older shopping centers are beginning to bleed tenants. Plaza El Segundo has had a number of vacant storefronts for a while. Recently, customized burger joint The Counter pulled up stakes there. Courageous expanding Indian restaurant chain Samosa House has settled in and is giving it a go, making this their fifth location. We wish them the best of luck.
Manhattan Beach’s popular purveyor of “New Zealand’s coffee culture” is continuing to expand. Signs are up on the space at 321 Main St. in El Segundo that used to be the home of Steve’s Burgers announcing that Two Guns Kitchen will soon be plying the locals and captive industry folks with flat whites. I’m not sure when they will be opening, but it looks like they’re not too far off…
As you know, I’ve been carefully watching the developments during the renovation of the Westfield Century City Shopping Center. As we get closer to the unveiling of the glitzy new dining and shopping destination, here are the latest developments. While much of this has already been reported, this is what you can actually see:
What’s Now Closed:
Coral Tree Express finally closed in the mostly boarded up food court.
Tenacious Breadbar vacated its first floor location.
The Hillstone Restaurant Group’s Gulfstream is now gone.
California Pizza Kitchen has an ABC license posted on the second floor.
Manhattan Beach’s Petros Benekos will be bringing his Greek/Californian cooking north with an outpost of Petros Speakeasy on the second floor.
Signs have gone up confirming that Orange County’s wildly popular Mexican restaurant Javier’s is indeed moving into the old Season’s 52 space.
And if you look carefully at the Gulfstream photo above, you’ll see mentioned that Taiwanese noodle and dumpling experts Din Tai Fung is coming along with the wildly-anticipated and oft reported Eataly.
What’s now open:
LA’s latest branch of New York’s popular Shake Shack opened last week to long lines.
Recently I told you about the move of Johnny Memphis’ Smokehouse from its location in the Manhattan Village Shopping Center to Downtown El Segundo. A reader was quick to let me know that the move was necessary to make room for the upcoming expansion of the mall. One other casualty was the popular Eastern European restaurant Doma Kitchen (the name means “home” in Slavic), that sat just to the right of Johnny Memphis’. But the plucky little eatery isn’t done yet… They have indeed pulled up stakes in Manhattan Beach, but they’ve landed in a brand new location. Doma Kitchen is now open in Marina del Rey in the Villa Marina Marketplace at 4325 Glencoe Ave. #8.
Originally located in Redondo Beach, little charmer Doma Kitchen is now up and running in their new location at 3562 N. Sepulveda Blvd. in a spot that has sat vacant for a while after the former tenant Baja Fresh moved out. Doma (the name means “home” in Slavic) offers a warm and welcoming environment with communal tables and an open kitchen. The menu of salads, sandwiches, small plates, and entrees is globally inspired and market driven with an emphasis on European and Central Asian techniques. Check out their menu and read more here.
Remember back in January when I told you about the impending arrival of Flights Craft Beers + Sports Grill, the new bar with 40 beers on tap, an interesting menu, and odd location (5119 W. El Segundo Blvd, in Hawthorne)? I’ve been carefully watching this story because the Manhattan Beach/El Segundo food scene is exploding right now and Flights is the farthest east of all of the new upcoming restaurants. Well, after delaying their opening a few weeks, they eventually opened for business on March 25th. Shortly thereafter however, they had to close their doors due to health and safety code violations. A letter pasted under the notice of closure on the front door explains that the moving of an ice machine and installation of a new washing machine required new permits that they simply didn’t know about. But they are planning on reopening as soon as they can.