Pizzicotto Disappears From Brentwood

I heard from a number of devastated readers that beloved quiet neighborhood powerhouse Pizzicotto had permanently closed its doors at 11758 San Vicente in Brentwood, so I went by to have a look.  Sure enough, the Italian bolthole has papered over their windows, and Yelp has pronounced them closed.  They will be sorely missed by their legions of fans.  I’ll keep my eye on the space to see what may develop.

Alfred Tea Room Quitting Brentwood

Back in September of 2018 I told you about the opening of Alfred Tea Room at 11928 San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood.  Recently, I heard from a reader (Thanks Jill!) that there was a for lease sign hanging on the front so I went by to have a look.  Sure enough, the sign is there indicating that Alfred is vacating the space.  I’ll keep watching to see what may develop.

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New York’s Via Quadronno Coming To Santa Monica

[Breaking News]  I have it on good authority that New York’s famed Via Quadronno is opening a West Coast outpost in the old Chez Mimi space at 246 26th St. (across from Brentwood Country Mart).  And from what I’m hearing, the space, already charming, will be upgraded by well-known architect firm Marmol RadzinerVia Quadronno is the Upper East Side’s purveyor of  “unforgettable cappuccinos and paninis” (as well as a full dining menu) that is a fave with celebrities and has appeared in such shows as Sex and the City and Gossip Girl.  This is a developing story, but way too delicious and exciting not to pass on…

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Le Petit Chez Mimi Bringing French Charm Back To Santa Monica

After being peppered with questions from curious readers who noticed activity at the erstwhile location of local bolthole Le Petit Café at 2842 Colorado Ave., I went by to have a look.  Sure enough, a brand new awning declares the new restaurant to be Le Petit Chez Mimi.  Fortunately, I was able to have a chat with the delightful proprietor, Micheline Hébert (nicknamed Mimi), the beloved and irrepressible force behind the Chez Mimi empire.  (Chez Mimi closed at 26th and San Vicente almost 10 years ago.)  She explained that she is excited by this new project:  They have retained the chef from Le Petit Café and the menu will be similar as well… as in, thoroughly French.  Think sole meunière, truite amandine, and boeuf bourguignon.  They are planning on a March opening.  In the mean time, check out the photo Ms. Hébert provided to get a glimpse inside this new French charmer.  

Update:  Le Petit Chez Mimi is now open.  Read more here.

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Toscana Closes For Renovation In Brentwood

Brentwood’s neighborhood fave Italian hideaway for celebrities, Toscana, has temporarily closed as of January 1st at 11633 San Vicente Blvd. According to a notice on the front door, they will apparently be having the kitchen renovated.  The notice also promises a March 1st reopening.  In the mean time, Bar Toscana, right next door, will remain open for lunch and dinner.

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Meet In Paris Bids Adieu To Brentwood

Well THAT didn’t take long…  It was only back in May when I told you that Culver City’s Meet In Paris was expanding into the old La Scala space at 11740 San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood. (At the time, I was told the name was going to be Café Parisien)  I’m not sure what happened, but readers have been letting me know that after only a few months, Meet In Paris has closed down.  I’ll keep watching the space to see what develops.

S Bar By Katsuya Landing In Brentwood

For a long while now a teaser in the window of the space just to the right of Brentwood’s perpetually busy Katsuya let us know that a new “experience” was heading our way.  Now we know what it is.  Plywood just went up around the space announcing that a new branch of SBE’s S Bar at Katsuya is moving in.  While I can’t tell you exactly what to expect, I think we can get an idea by looking at Miami’s S Bar Brickell.

 

 

Tara’s Himalayan Cuisine Summits Santa Monica/Brentwood

Ever since we learned that longstanding healthy Mexican purveyor Kayndaves had abandoned their location at 262 26th St., across from the increasingly tony Brentwood Country Mart, I’ve been wondering who would even undertake such an upscale market.  The corner of San Vicente and 26th has proven itself a challenging location as evidenced by the revolving door of restaurants that has attempted the space that most recently held L’Ami.  (The latest gasp of hope, the ABC app that I reported on back in January has since been taken down and I think we’re back to square one.)  But now, one brave contender is giving the Kayndaves space a go…  A banner is up informing us that it will soon be the home of Tara’s Himalayan Cuisine.  With three other locations scattered across the Southland offering Nepali, Tibetan, and Indian food, we wish them the best of  luck.

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Kreation Organic Coming To Brentwood… With Beer And Wine!

Just a few weeks ago, I told you about the collective gasp from locals when Gaucho Grill quit its location at 11754 San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood.  Wasting no time whatsoever, an ABC application taped to the front of the space indicates that Kreation Organic is moving in.  Known for their “pressed juices” and “kleanses”, you probably wouldn’t automatically associate Kreation Organic with beer and wine.  I’ll keep my eye on this one…

Mendocino Farms Opens Today (April 12) In Brentwood

And while we’re on the subject of openings…  It was back in December of last year when I figured out that upscale sandwich shop Mendocino Farms was landing in the old Noah’s Bagels space at 11911 San Vicente Blvd.  Mendocino Farms officially opens today (April 12th), providing farm-to-table artisan sandwiches and salads to the good people of Brentwood.

Alfred Tea Room Coming To Brentwood…

It looks like specialty coffee purveyor Alfred is expanding in Brentwood.  Just a few storefronts away from their location on the corner of Montana and San Vicente, paper has gone up on the front of the space at 11928 San Vicente Blvd. announcing that a branch of Alfred Tea Room is moving in.  Not sure when they’re opening, but I’ll keep watching…

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Gaucho Grill Closes After 25 Years In Brentwood

What’s going on in Brentwood?  Recently a widely popular Peet’s Coffee closed up shop, allegedly due to a jack-up in the rent, sending out shock waves among locals.  And now, right next door at 11754 San Vicente Blvd , a perennially busy Gaucho Grill has pulled out as well.  The melancholic letter on the door lets us know that the date of closure was March 12th.  Even while taking these photos, stunned Brentwood residents who had come for dinner were expressing their disbelief and protestations to me.  With cultish Pizzana, and upcoming Mendocino Farms and Jon & Vinny’s Italian, the Brentwood dining scene appears to be rapidly changing…

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Guyi Restaurant Soft Opens In Brentwood

Well that didn’t take long… It was only last month when I noticed a small poster on the space at the top of the Brentwood Gardens, at 11677 San Vicente Blvd., inscrutably announcing a new restaurant.  Wasting no time whatsoever, Guyi Restaurant is now in their soft opening.  I had previously wondered if they were related to a restaurant in China, but have since discovered that this is their first outpost.  Look for a menu of authentic Sichuan/Northern Chinese food in a bright airy setting.  And, until March 14th, you get 30% off the check.

Guyi Restaurant Brentwood?

The cavernous space at the top of Brentwood Gardens, at 11677 San Vicente Blvd., has had a troubled history of turnover.  It has sat empty ever since Elaine’s Bakery moved out in 2014.  Recently however, paper has covered the windows, and now a poster has been affixed to the front that appears to indicate a new eatery called Guyi Restaurant is intent on moving in.  There’s not much information out there.  The only other Guyi that I can find is a much-lauded Hunan restaurant in Shanghai China, but I’m unclear if they’re related.  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see…

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Peet’s Coffee Disappears From Brentwood

So this was a bit of a shocker…  Ever popular local fave caffeine shop Peet’s Coffee has abruptly pulled up stakes almost overnight from its historically significant landmark location at 11750 San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood.  Even while I was taking photos, locals were coming up to me and expressing shock at the loss of the neighborhood institution.  Maybe competition from nearby Alfred Coffee has been taking its toll.  I’ll keep watching…

Update:  I’ve had lot of people ask why Peet’s has closed…  I don’t have a confirmed answer, but a reader has heard that the lease renewal was too expensive, which is all-to-frequent in this neck of the woods.

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What’s Going On At Moo Greek Yogurt In Brentwood?

Moo Greek Yogurt burst onto the scene back in July of 2016, riding a popular yogurt mini-wave.  Things seem to have slowed a bit, and Moo has been closed down for a while in their location at 11753 San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood.  Since then, I’ve been watching to see what develops.  Their Yelp page promises a return in 2018, and their website doesn’t offer many clues, but the place is essentially gutted.  I’ll keep my eye on things, but it doesn’t look good…

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Joe & The Juice Expands Into Brentwood

International lifestyle brand Joe & The Juice continues its inexorable conquest of the hip juice scene in LA.  First came news back in April that a location was landing on Melrose.  Then I noticed window paper in Beverly Hills.  And recently, yet more window paper has popped up on the corner spot of San Vicente and Montana in Brentwood, right next to Alfred Coffee at 11906 San Vicente Blvd., announcing the Danish company’s impending arrival.  When will the “hunky guys” start pouring?  We’ll have to watch and see…Joe&TheJuice.jpg

Simply Salad Opens In Brentwood

It was only just back in August when I noticed that something was taking over the erstwhile Chang’s space at 11726 San Vicente Blvd.  Wasting no time whatsoever, Simply Salad is now open and dispensing kale to the good people of Brentwood.  They may get some competition from the upcoming Sweetgreen just a few blocks up the road…

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