Alfred Coffee Coming To MDR

Signs have recently gone up confirming that Alfred Coffee is indeed coming to The Boardwalk Shops at 4635 Admiralty Way in Marina del Rey.  The third-wave purveyor of caffeinated drinks will be joining eateries HiHo Cheeseburger, KazuNori, and UOVO in the sleek new waterside shopping center.  I’m not sure what is taking everything so long to open, but it looks like they’re close to throwing open their doors…

Planta Landing In Brentwood

Ever since Pizzicotto and Kreation moved out of their respective spaces at 11758 and 11754 San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood, people have been contacting me demanding answers.  Thanks to the clever investigative work of a reader (Thanks Eric!), I may have an answer.  Eric discovered that the two spaces will be joined and become the home to Planta.  (Their website does confirm a Brentwood location, but doesn’t give an address, so I don’t have confirmation on this.)  Planta restaurant group has locations across America and Canada and promotes a celebration of ‘the power of plants” with a 100% plant-based dining concept.  It looks like another location is coming to Marina del Rey as well.

Capri Gelato Giving Away Free Gelato All Weekend Long in MDR

The good folks at Capri Gelato & Coffee Bar asked me to pass this along:

Capri Gelato & Coffee Bar will be announcing some major news over Labor Day Weekend.  To celebrate, they are treating all guests in Marina del Rey to a complimentary mini cup of their unique and homemade Passion Fruit Goat Cheese flavored gelato all weekend long.”

Passion fruit goat cheese is their wildly popular proprietary gelato flavor that is “similar to a passion fruit cheesecake: a perfect balance of sweet, and sour yet still creamy“.  Sounds like an excellent way to cool off this hot Holiday Weekend.

Capri Gelato is at 4222 Lincoln Blvd. in Marina del Rey.  The deal runs from Friday September 2nd through Monday September 5th.  Their hours are Friday-Sunday 7am-9pm, and Monday (Labor Day) 7am-8pm.

Kalaveras Coming To MDR, And Just About Everywhere…

Cantina Urbana Kalaveras is sure having a moment.  They recently opened their location in Santa Monica.  Now a reader spotted a banner up on the old Jerry’s Deli in Marina del Rey that says they are taking over the long-troubled space at 13181 Mindanao.  And that’s not the end of the story:  They are planning a major expansion across SoCal.  Besides their current eight outposts, their website lists no less than 13 new locations in the works including Burbank, North Hollywood, and Long Beach.  Kalaveras offers an immersive El Dia de Los Muertos celebratory fast/casual concept with “Latin American culinary classics” and a focus on mixology. (Thanks Jennifer!)

Panini Kabob Grill Coming To MDR

Don’t ever count out plucky Panini Kabob Grill.  While the chain has lost some prominent locations during The Pandemic (Santa Monica, Beverly Hills), they continue to open new ones.  A sharp-eyed reader (Thanks Jennifer!) spotted a nonresponsibility notice on the door of the empty storefront at 13455 Maxella #250, on the second floor of the Villa Marina Marketplace in Marina del Rey.  The notice lets us know that there’s a new Panini Kabob Grill on the way.  PKG prides itself on fresh Mediterranean fare produced daily in their “scratch kitchen”.  You can peruse their menu here.

Coco Beach Bringing Mexican Fusion To MDR

Ever since tropical-themed eatery Islands closed down at 404 Washington Blvd. in Marina Del Rey, I’ve been hearing from readers wondering what would be moving in.  Construction began almost immediately following the closure, but now we now we have answers.  A big banner is up that informs us that Coco Beach Bar & Grill is the name of the new restaurant.  A reader (Thanks TD!) had a chance to talk with the new owner, who described Coco Beach as a “family-friendly Mexican fusion place”.

Roca Pizza Coming To Pacific Palisades

North Swathmore Ave. in Pacific Palisades continues its move toward becoming a destination-worthy restaurant row.   More evidence: Roca Pizza is settling into the tony street at 1061 N Swathmore.  Roca Pizza is the latest project from California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) Co-founder Rick Rosenfield and his wife Esther and will feature pies with long-refrigerated dough baked in imported Italian ovens.  They currently have a location in Glendale, and they are planning on a Marina Del Rey location as well at 4700 Admiralty (in Waterside Marina Del Rey).  This location is shooting for an early 2023 opening.

Killer Sushi Replacing Killer Cafe In MDR

The space at 4213 Admiralty in Marina del Rey, in the same building that houses crustacean specialists Killer Shrimp, used to be the home of their diner concept, Killer Cafe.  That closed a while ago, and the location has been undergoing renovations for quite some time.  Maybe about a year ago, I started hearing rumors that the address was to be converted into a sushi restaurant, but I could never find any evidence… until now.  Signs have recently gone up announcing the brand’s new venture: Killer Sushi.

Islands Sank In MDR

I’ve been hearing from surprised readers that one of The Westside’s last remaining outposts of Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks has disappeared overnight from its longstanding home at 404 Washington Blvd. in Marina Del Rey.  As you can see, all signage has been pulled down and the place looks deserted.  The Santa Monica Mirror confirmed the sad news yesterday, and lets us know that the next closest branch is in Westchester.

Uovo Also Coming To MDR

And finally, this last bit of news about the coming attractions to the new development in Marina Del Rey… It almost appears that Downtown Santa Monica is cloning itself in the Marina: The latest to join the list of new eateries is none other that Jonathon Gold’s fave Italian restaurant Uovo, which is opening a location at 4635 Admiraly Way Suite 105. You may recall that the diminutive Santa Monica bolthole has a cult-like following due to their expertly sauced pasta that is flown in daily from Bologna.  Along with Kazu Nori and HiHo Cheeseburger, the dining scene in The Marina is about to get a whole lot more interesting.

HiHo Cheeseburger Landing In MDR

The other day I told you about a new Kazu Nori moving into the massive development along Admiralty in Marina Del Rey.  It’s about to get neighbor…  An ABC application is up announcing a new branch of HiHo Cheeseburger will be arriving to 4625 Admiralty Suite 109 soon. This will be the third branch for the minichain known for their much-admired “100% grass-fed and 100% grass-finished Wagyu” burgers.

Kazu Nori Coming To MDR

We’re beginning to get details about what’s coming to that giant new development that’s been slowly arising along the west side of Admiralty in Marina Del Rey. An ABC application has just gone up announcing that one of the new eateries will be a branch of hand roll experts Kazu Nori at 4635 Admiralty, suite 107.  Expect more details soon…

ARTsea Bringing Music, Food, Art To MDR This Weekend…

This weekend, May 18 and 19, ARTsea returns to Mother’s Beach (4101 Admiralty Way) in Marina del Rey.  Expect a varied itinerary of art, dance, music, beer and wine, and food, with 16 food trucks scheduled including Cousin’s Maine Lobster, Baby’s Badass Burgers, and Blast Ice Cream.  “Marina del Rey’s party on the beach” is free and runs from 11am to 10pm Saturday and 11am to 6pm Sunday.  Read more, including where to park and/or catch a shuttle, here.

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Stark’s Opening Date Is…

When you write a blog, you have to be prepared to face your fair share of criticism.  But I was completely unprepared for the amount of emotion hurled my way when I posted about the signage of the Jerry’s Deli redo at 13181 Mindanao Way in Marina del Rey.  It seems that people were VERY eager to learn more about the prominent location and in particular the opening date, information I simply didn’t have.  But thanks to a reader (Thanks AM!) who spotted a notice taped to the front door, I can now report that Stark’s will be open for lunch and dinner and “coffee, house-made pastries and grab & gos” on May 21.  You’re welcome.

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Shake Shack Shimmies Into MDR

As longtime resident The Counter pulled up stakes in the Waterside at Marina del Rey shopping complex, they made room for another expanding burger chain.  I’ve been hearing from excited readers who have seen the sign board heralding the news.  The Waterside website confirms that, yes indeed, Shake Shack will soon be delivering their signature “modern day roadside burger” to the good people of the Marina.

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Trader Joe’s Lands In MDR

Everyone’s fave grocery store Trader Joe’s is expanding its footprint on the Westside.  I’ve been watching all the new construction along Admiralty in Marina del Rey to see what may develop.  A large notice attached to the fence around the new building on the corner of Admiralty and Mindanao Way lets us know that this will soon be a branch of TJ’s.  Don’t forget that there’s a brand new one going up on Wilshire and 23rd in Santa Monica as well.  The Beach Communities will be spoiled for choice…

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Stark’s Is The New Jerry’s In MDR

Back in October of 2017, Jerry’s Deli closed down their massive operation in Marina Del Rey for an overhaul.  At the time, Eater reported that they would not open under the same name.  Well, after an extensive redo of the commodious space and grounds, a new name has appeared on the corner sign of Mindanao and Marina Expressway.  Probably derived from the company CEO’s family name of Starkman, it appears the new name will be Stark’s.  We wish them the best of luck.

Update:  Stark’s will open on May 21.

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Burgerim Now Dishing Diminutive Burgers In MDR

Back in October of last year, I told you about the imminent arrival of Burgerim to the space at 4020C Lincoln Blvd. in Marina Del Rey.  They recently have thrown open their doors for business.  On the menu?  Their proprietary brand of customized 2.8 oz. mini burgers, with a choice of “3 buns, 6 sauces, 11 patties, and 9 unconventional toppings”, that are sold in quantities.  The opening of this branch is one more step in the ambitious Israeli chain’s inexorable march toward world domination.