Fresh N’ Lean Lands On Montana Ave.

Back in May, I told you about the demise of Rawkin Juice from the location at 705 Montana Ave. in Santa Monica.  And now it looks like there’s a new tenant moving in.  Window signage is up informing us that this will be a branch of meal delivery service Fresh n’ Lean.  Promising healthy food that is “Fresh as F*#!” (their slogan painted on the wall inside), Fresh n’ Lean has locations throughout the U.S.

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Sweetgreen Confirmed For Montana Ave.

Remember back in July, when I told you about some incredible detective work sent to me by a reader, Patricia?  Practically out of thin air, she had deduced that the new building that was under construction at Montana Ave. between 15th and 16th streets was soon to be home to Santa Monica’s second branch of popular salad slingers, Sweetgreen.  I couldn’t get confirmation, but I passed this info along based on her confidence and the evidence she provided.  Turns out, she was right.  Paper is now up on the window for all to see that Sweetgreen will soon have a new location on Montana Ave.

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Prima Baja Cocina Miraculously Opens On Montana

Well that didn’t take long…  It was only back in August when I told you about the abrupt closure of local fave Pradeep’s at 1405 Montana Ave. in Santa Monica.  Then, days later, window paper informed us that something called Prima Baja Cocina was swiftly moving in.  With so many of you following this story, I’m amazed to tell you that Prima Baja Cocina officially opened last night (Wednesday, Oct. 3rd). If you follow the restaurant scene ’round these parts, then you know that such a fast turnaround in Santa Monica is practically miraculous.  Look for a tight and well thought out menu of Baja-style tacos, salads, starters, and larger plates in a bright and airy atmosphere with friendly staff.  (Check out the prototype menu below, but I’m told it’s still in development and subject to change.)  We wish them the best of luck.

Update: Eater has more of the details here.

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Prima Baja Cocina Replacing Pradeep’s On Montana

It was only about 2 weeks ago that I told you about the sad demise of Santa Monica institution Pradeep’s at 1405 Montana Ave.  At the time I had heard that a new Mexican restaurant was expected, but I had no details.  The wait is over:  Paper recently went up in the windows giving us the name of the new eatery.  There isn’t much information out there on Prima Baja Cocina, except for a developing website that promises us tacos and a September opening.

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Pradeep’s Closes In Santa Monica: New Mexican Restaurant Expected…

Sadly, after 23 years, beloved neighborhood institution Pradeep’s Indian Cuisine has closed up shop at 1405 Montana Ave.  Check out their gracious goodbye note below.  Wasting no time whatsoever, a new eatery appears to be moving in.  While I don’t have any concrete information, I’m hearing whispers that it will be a Mexican restaurant.  I’ll keep watching…

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Erin McKenna’s Bakery Expands To Santa Monica

Ever since Blue Plate exited the space at 1415 Montana Ave., I’ve been watching to see what might develop.  The wait is over.  According to signs that went up this week, the site will soon be home to a branch of Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC.  With locations in New York, Orlando, and on Larchmont, you can expect confectionary treats that are vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and kosher.

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Sweetgreen Coming To Montana Ave?

If you follow this blog regularly, then you know how much I love to uncover stories from scraps of evidence.  But I have to give credit where credit is due…  I’ve been watching the new construction on the north side of Montana Ave. in Santa Monica, between 15th and 16th streets where an old parking lot used to sit, but I couldn’t uncover any concrete proposals for the site.  Then I heard from reader Patricia, who had caught wind of a rumor that the space was being converted into a branch of the popular purveyor of salads and bowls, Sweetgreen, which I couldn’t verify.  So Patricia went to work.  On an easily overlooked document for another Montana rental, she spotted Sweetgreen listed at that location, appearing to confirm the rumor.  (Don’t ask me how she found it, but it’s definitely there on page 6).  So while I still can’t prove it, Sweetgreen looks likely headed for Montana Ave.  The real story here is that detective work.  Brava Patricia!

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