GGET Opens On Montana Ave On…

It was a long road to get here, but the end is in sight…  Originally, back in May of 2020 I reported that the space at 930 Montana Ave. was going to be home to a branch of Bluestone Lane.  Well, a lot happened between then and now.  Bluestone Lane dropped the space, and a year later window paper went up for Go Get Em Tiger.  It’s taken over a year, but GGET will officially throw open their doors to the Good People of Santa Monica on Monday, June 20th, according to a spokespersonEater is reporting a brand spanking new prototype all-day menu at this location, which you can see here.

Mochidoki Bringing East Coast Icy Treats To Montana Ave Soon…

There’s window paper up on the corner spot at 1133 Montana Ave in Santa Monica announcing that a new frozen confection spot is moving in.  Mochidoki offers high-quality mochi ice cream and was founded in New York in 2015 where they still operate two locations.  This will be the first West Coast outpost.  Their menu consists of “imaginative and refined Japanese-inspired desserts” in such flavors as red bean, cake batter, and salted caramel.  According to their website, they are the “preferred provider” of mochi ice cream to such establishments as Nobu, Tao, and others.

Savida Raw Seafood Bar Replacing Sushi Sho On Montana Ave.

I’ve been carefully tracking the developments at the former location of Sushi Sho at 1303 Montana Ave. in Santa Monica.  Last week I pointed out a nonresponsibility notice that named Best Bite LLC as the new tenant.  Window paper just went up announcing the name of the new establishment as Savida Raw Seafood Bar.  I can’t find much information on this business, but I think the name lets us know what to expect…

Update:  Savida’s website is up and running.  Check out more and get a look at the menu here.  

Sushi Sho’s Replacement in Santa Monica…

Many of you are following this story carefully so I’ll pass info on as it becomes available… Here’s the latest on the replacement for NOMA’s beloved Japanese take-away joint Sushi Sho:   As I told you, construction is fast and furious ever since the sushi restaurant moved out of 1303 Montana Ave.  A sharp eyed reader (Thanks Kurt!) spotted the nonresponsibility notice taped to the front that lists the lessee of the property as Best Bite LLC.  I can’t seem to confirm much more than this right now.  Keep watching this space…  

Sushi Sho Decamps From Montana Ave.

Modest Sushi Sho has been quietly dishing fish to the good people of NoMa from its humble storefront at 1303 Montana Ave. in Santa Monica for a very long time.  Sadly, almost overnight it has completely pulled up stakes.  But something appears to be quickly moving in.  As soon as I find out what that is I’ll let you know…

 

McCall’s Meat & Fish Co. Opens Today On Montana…

McCall’s Meat & Fish Co. has certainly generated a buzz in Santa Monica.  Ever since I first posted about the expansion of Los Feliz’ beloved “gourmet neighborhood market” to 1426 Montana Ave (Ste 7) late last year, people been demanding answers as to an opening date.  After much anticipation, McCall’s Meat & Fish Co. will officially throw open their doors today (Wed. 26 January) at 10:00am (or possibly 10:30am, the website and notice on the door don’t agree).  Expect the “highest quality meats, fish, produce, pastries, and retail accompaniments”.  You’re welcome…

Buena Vida Tea Bar & Garden Opens On Montana Ave.

This was certainly a long time coming…  It was back in March of 2020 when I first noticed window paper on the front of the space at 726 Montana Ave. in Santa Monica announcing the arrival of Buena Vida Tea Bar & Garden.  Then nothing happened.  Well, they recently (finally) opened.  Expect a strong emphasis on the “experience”, “sensation”, and “journey” of tea, as well as sweet and savory baked goods with a “California Coastal” vibe.  We wish them the best of luck.

McCall’s Meat & Fish Co. Coming To Santa Monica

It appears that Santa Monica is getting its very own branch of a popular high-end “gourmet neighborhood market”.  There’s a notice in the papered-over windows of the former home of Earthbar at 1426 Montana Ave. letting us all know that this will be the future home of a branch of Los Feliz’s much-lauded McCall’s Meat & Fish Co.  McCall’s prides itself on delivering the “highest quality meats, fish, produce, pastries” all while “keeping in mind the health and nature of the animals”.  Interesting…

Brothers Sushi Expanding To Santa Monica

I’ve known for a little while that this was going down, but I wasn’t at liberty to tell you.  Now I can officially announce that the space at 1008 Montana Ave., formerly home to a branch of Maria’s Italian Kitchen, will be the future Westside home to Woodland Hills’ Brothers Sushi.  An ABC application appeared this week on the front of the location confirming the news.  The Brothers Sushi is the much-lauded and wildly popular “high-end” sushi spot that offers seasonal “Omakase Chefs courses or Ala Carte options”.  This is indeed exciting news for the burgeoning SaMo restaurant scene.

Go Get Em Tiger Pouncing On Montana Ave

About a year ago, I noticed an ABC application on the construction fencing at 930 Montana Ave.  The application listed the new tenant as Bluestone Lane Coffee.  Well, things seem to have changed.  The application is gone, and window paper is announcing that Bluestone Lane is out and none other than creative coffee purveyors Go Get Em Tiger are moving in.  This will be Santa Monica’s second branch.

Margo’s Is Back Santa Monica!

This post is for all those concerned readers who wrote me inquiring about their beloved Margo’s restaurant at 1534 Montana Ave. in Santa Monica.  In the last wave of COVID shutdowns, Margo’s closed like every other restaurant… but it never reopened.  For all intents and purposes it appeared that the popular eatery was throwing in the towel.  Well… you can all breathe a collective sigh of relief:  A banner hanging over the door is announcing to all that Margo’s is back.

La La Land Kind Cafe Is On A Mission In Santa Monica

While I’ve been watching the transformation of the former Starbucks at 1426 Montana Ave Ste. 4 (corner of 15th), it was a reader (Thanks again, Kurt!) who sleuthed out the next tenant.  While no signs are up yet, I had a chance to speak with someone inside who confirmed what Kurt had discovered: This is to be California’s first branch of Texas’ La La Land Kind Cafe.  And what is that?  La La Land is a “socially conscious” cafe on a mission to “normalize kindness” by hiring foster youth who, when they turn 18, are often aged out of the system with few supports.  I don’t have any confirmation that this will be the model here, but La La Land provides real opportunity and apparently some really good coffee.  They offer an extensive menu of coffee and tea, signature drinks, and toasts.  We sincerely wish the the best of luck.

Breakfast By Salt’s Cure Bringing Griddle Cakes To Santa Monica Soon

It appears that Santa Monica’s tony Montana Ave. is turning into something of a dining destination…  Thanks to a sharp-eyed reader (Thanks Kurt!), I went by 714 Montana Ave., formerly home to Osteria Bigoli which called it quits in Spring of last year.  While there’s no signage yet, a small we’re hiring notice spills the beans that the new eatery will be Breakfast by Salt’s Cure.  Someone inside did indeed confirm the news.  I’m told it will open “very soon”.  Until then, check out the menu of the West Hollywood branch, and get very excited…

Discovery Bar By Earthbar Now On Montana Ave.

While I’m not quite sure when it happened, it appears that something has moved into the former home of Beaming at 1426 Montana Ave. in Santa Monica.  The location now sports a sign that declares Discovery Bar by Earthbar as the new resident.  Expect a “healthy holistic supply” of vitamins, lattes, bowls, juices, smoothies, and grab-and-go meals.

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Bluestone Lane Bringing Flat Whites And Beer/Wine To Montana Ave. In Santa Monica

I’ve been hearing whispers that the construction on the corner of Montana Ave. and 10th St. in Santa Monica would eventually be the home of an “Australian” coffee shop.  But I was unable to get concrete information until recently, when an ABC application was posted on the front.  As you can see, no business name is listed.  However, the ABC application online clearly spells out that this will be a branch of coffee experts Bluestone Lane.  And this one will apparently have beer and wine on offer as well.

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Osteria Bigoli Done In Santa Monica?

I’ve been hearing from readers that Osteria Bigoli has permanently pulled the plug, so I went by their location at 714 Montana Ave. to have a look.  Like many businesses right now, there’s a scrawled note on the front door saying that they’re closed until further notice.  But as you can see, their sign above the front door has been removed and one reader (Thanks Kurt!) let me know that the interior decorations are gone, so it looks like they probably don’t have plans on reopening.  Let me know if you hear anything different.

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Starbucks Permanently Closed on Montana/15th St.

Back in early February, I mentioned to you that I had heard a rumor that Starbucks was closing its location at 15th St. and Montana Ave. in Santa Monica.  At the time, I had no proof.  This week, a note went up on the door that they have permanently closed.  Expensive rents on Montana Ave. are to blame, or so I’m told.

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The New Face Of Santa Monica

We’re living with madness right now, and shops and restaurants are really feeling it.  If you haven’t been out much, you may not have seen that stores have begun boarding over their windows.  Sur La Table at Wilshire and Third is covered, and Williams Sonoma on Montana Ave. is also boarded.  What they’re anticipating is anyone’s guess…

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