Gelato-Go Bringing “The Best Gelato In Miami” To Santa Monica, Beverly Hills

Well that didn’t take long…  It was only a couple of weeks ago that I told you about the sad disappearance of Santa Monica’s beloved gelato shop DiDio’s at 1305 Montana Ave.  Wasting no time in trying to fill the icy treat void, a new tenant is quickly moving into the spot.  A notice on the window informs us that Gelato-Go is on its way.  Billing itself as “the best gelato in Miami”, the new contender is looking to make inroads into Los Angeles.  According to the now hiring sign, they are also opening a second location at 252 S. Beverly Dr. in Beverly Hills.

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DiDio’s Italian Ices Pulls Up Stakes On Montana Ave.

This was a surprise.  After 22 years, Santa Monica institution and local fave DiDio’s Italian Ices has abruptly quit their location at 1305 Montana Ave. as of last week.  A gracious goodbye note affixed to the front of the shop explains that they intend on focusing on their expanding wholesale operation.  I’ll keep my eye on the space to see what may move in…

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Blue Plate Closes Up Shop On Montana Ave.

Well this was a bit of a surprise…  After 20 years, consistently popular Blue Plate has quit their busy location at 1415 Montana Ave. as of last week.  Not sure what happened, but nearby Blue Plate Taco and Blue Plate Oysterette remain open.  Read their goodbye message here, and I’ll keep watching to see what develops.

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Le Macaron Making Magic On Montana Ave.

A solid year ago, I told you about a new French pastry shop moving into a corner space on Montana Ave. in Santa Monica that used to house French fragrance folks L’Occitane.  I’m not sure what took so long, but Le Macaron is now open and offering sublime creative confections from their charming spot at 1301 Montana Ave.  With locations throughout the US, this is the first LA area shop for the Florida based chain.  Besides macarons, look for a selection of pastries, breads, chocolates, and coffees.

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Rawkin Juice Bringing Hip To Montana Ave.

I’ve been watching the space that used to house Orchard Flats Juicery at 705 Montana Ave. in Santa Monica to see what would move in.  Signs are now up confirming that branch of Burbank’s Rawkin Juice will be moving in. Rawkin Juice was  recently purchased by Miami’s Hip Cuisine, which intends on expanding the mini chain.  If you check out their Facebook page, you can see they’ve had designs on the Santa Monica location for a while. Popular with the studio/star set, look for a menu of raw/vegan/cold-pressed/organic/you get the picture…

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Greens Up! Changing Locations On Montana Ave.

Santa Monica’s popular purveyor of all things salad appears to be moving to a bigger location.  There’s a sign up on the empty space at 912 Montana indicating that Greens Up! is vacating their old diminutive space near the corner of 7th and Montana and taking over the larger locale.  And while the sign says “coming soon”, don’t expect the change to be overnight:  I was told the move could take up to a year…