Plan Check, Le Pain Quotidien Exit Santa Monica, More!

Yikes!  It appears that an exodus of eateries has occurred in Downtown Santa Monica after the Holidays.  Plan Check has checked out of 1401 Ocean Ave.  Le Pain Quotidien has said adieu to 316 Santa Monica Blvd.  (A note in the window blames an expiring lease agreement.)  And, after a valiant effort, Creams & Dreams has closed their nitrogen ice cream outpost at 219 Arizona after four years.  Sad…

(Thanks SG!)

Rakkan Ramen Slated For Santa Monica.

Thanks to a tip from eagle-eyed reader Frank, who’s been keeping watch on the erstwhile home of O + O Sicilian Kitchen in Santa Monica, I went by to check things out.  Easy to miss, a new ABC Application has gone up on the front door.  It appears that a branch of Rakkan Ramen will soon be moving into the space 1705 Ocean Ave. Suite 111 (Behind the former Joan’s on Third).  The Japanese chain has two other locations around LA, and is known for its plant-based dashi that is easily customized to accommodate vegans.

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