I recently noticed that purveyors of modern comfort food Lyfe Kitchen have pulled up stakes in their Runway Playa Vista location at 12746 W Jefferson Blvd. A sign on the door confirms the sad news. Lyfe Kitchen has a rocky history to begin with, but I wonder if the bigger news is the Runway itself. With a captive audience of residents in the Playa Vista developments along Jefferson, you’d think that the Runway would be teeming with hungry patrons. And yet, since opening, they have never been able to fill all of the empty new storefronts. A great many still remain unoccupied. And now Lyfe Kitchen pulls out… Could this be an indication of trouble for the newish shopping/dining district?
Sadly, it appears that hopeful start-up Wellfed has disappeared from their space at 13020 W. Pacific Promenade #7. It was only just back in April of last year that I told you about their opening. Not sure what happened or what will become of that monkeypod wood wrap-around countertop, but I’ll keep my eye on it…
I recently noticed that the windows are papered over on the small space just to the left of Hopdoddy in the fast-developing The Runway Playa Vista announcing the impending arrival of something called Da Kikokiko. After digging around a bit, I discovered on What’s Up Playa Vista that Da Kikokiko is a brand new poke spot brought to you by restaurant team Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts (Playa Provisions). No word on an opening date and they appear to have a way to go, but until then, you can follow their progress on Instagram here.
Every once in a while, I’m astonished by the amount of interest in one of my blogs. It appears that a great many of you have been carefully tracking the story about a new eatery opening in Playa Vista that I first told you about back in October of last year when I noticed a sign announcing the impending arrival of Good Food to the space at 13020 W. Pacific Promenade #7. Well, since then we learned what the name of the new restaurant was, and to all those who have been watching its progress comes this happy news: Wellfed is now open (as of Tuesday) in Playa Vista. Check out my original report for more details, and yes they do indeed have that snazzy monkeypod wood wrap-around countertop. We wish them the best of luck.
It wasn’t that long ago that Piknic Restaurant, at 13020 Pacific Promenade in Playa Vista was one of the few eateries in the massive developments along Jefferson Blvd. Now, with The Runway just up the road, you’re spoiled for choice. So the good folks at Piknic have decided to up their game. They recently closed down for a little nip and tuck and they will be relaunching on Monday as Gulp Playa Vista. In addition to a few changes to their look, they will offer 36 tap beers and a redesigned menu that focuses on small and sharable plates intended to accompany the new brews, or so I’m told.
And the restaurants keep coming to Playa Vista… Sandwich chain Panini Café is now open in The Runway shopping area, right across the way from the recently unveiled Sol Cocina at 12751 W. Millennium. Read more and check out their Mediterranean/Italian menu here.
Back in October, I did a little digging to find out what was going on with Sol Cocina, which had promised a Spring 2015 opening but was nowhere to be seen. A great many of you have been carefully following this story, so here’s welcome news: Playa Vista’s branch of mini-chain Sol Mexican Cocina finally threw open its doors yesterday (Tuesday January 19th) in a big and spacious location with a wrap-around patio on the corner of Millennium and Town Center Dr. in The Runway. Look for a menu of innovative classic Baja dishes designed by Sol’s Executive Chef and cookbook author Deborah Schnieder.