Strings Ramen Bringing Chicago’s “Monster Hell Challenge” To Beverly Hills

It looks like Beverly Hills is about to get a fresh new noodle shop.  A sign is up on the space at 255 S Beverly Dr., formerly home to The Coral Tree Cafe, announcing that Strings Ramen is moving in.  While I don’t have confirmation, I believe this is the same Strings Ramen that has been voted Chicago’s best ramen and is famous for their “Monster Hell Ramen Challenge“, or a challenge to empty their level 5 hell ramen bowl in 20 minutes to recieve a $50 gift certificate and a t-shirt.  There’s an ABC application on the front as well, so beer and wine will be on offer.  Check out this concept video to get a glimpse of what’s coming… 

Peet’s Coffee Disappears From Beverly Hills

Times have most certainly not been good for coffee joints.  If you’ve been reading this site, you know that The Coffee Bean has been hit particularly hard.  But just recently, I noticed that Peet’s Coffee has quit its location at 258 S Beverly Dr. in Bevery Hills.  I don’t think we’re done with this trend yet…

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Another Coffee Bean Gone From The Westside…

Earlier this week, I told you about the permanent closure of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on S Beverly Dr. in Beverly Hills.  I reader was quick to point out that the CBTL that anchors the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and S Beverly Glen Blvd. was also closing as of Sunday, May 17th.  I went by the coffee shop and checked it out:  A notice in the window confirms that this branch is now permanently closed.  What’s going on with CBTL?

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Coral Tree Cafe Uprooted In Beverly Hills

So far, as you can see from reading this blog, 2020 has seen a shocking number of restaurant closings.  And we’re not done yet…  Coral Tree Cafe is now closed at 225 S Beverly Blvd. in Beverly Hills.  A gracious note on the front door blames rising costs of labor and rent.  That leaves just two locations left (Encino and Brentwood) for the coffee and sandwich chain founded by Brentwood residents in 2002.

(Thanks Mike!)

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Burgerim Quits Beverly Hills

You know I’ve been tracking the massive expansion of the Israeli chain obsessed with lilliputian burgers, Burgerim.  But could there be a bump in the road to SoCal domination?  As a reader pointed out (Thanks Tony!) the new-ish Burgerim at 250 S Beverly Dr. in Beverly Hills has already called it quits after about a year.  Not sure what happened, but the reader suspects competition from Burger Lounge, which is directly across the street, could have had something to do with it.

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Chokolatta Bringing Ancient Mayan Chocolate To Beverly Hills Soon…

It looks like a new chocolate shop is landing in Beverly Hills soon.  Window paper is heralding the arrival of Chokolatta to the diminutive space at 255 1/2 S Beverly Dr.  Apparently the focus here is small batch, handmade chocolates, desserts, and drinks with an emphasis on “Pre-Hispanic recipes and the ancient Mayan culture” that you can read more about here.

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Cinderella Cakes Bringing Artful Confections From OC To BH Soon…

Back in December of last year, I told you about the demise of sandwich shop Cabbage Patch at 214 S Beverly Dr. in Beverly Hills.  And now it looks like a new tenant is moving in.  Window displays announce the arrival of Cinderella CakesCinderella Cakes has been an Orange County staple for over 65 years, and are famous for producing decorated cakes that are “edible works of art”, but they also produce an array of other sweet treats and host cake decorating parties as well.  It looks like they’re shooting for a Fall opening.

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