What’s Going On At Yogiyo And Seasalt In Santa Monica?

On a tip from a reader (Thanks Adrian!), I went by to check on the suspect state of affairs at 508 and 510 Santa Monica Blvd. in Downtown Santa Monica.  The reader had told me that next door neighbors Seasalt Fish Grill and Yogiyo Korean BBQ had closed down.  Sure enough, both are locked tight.  However, both also have exactly the same sign in the window saying that they will be “re-opening soon”.  I don’t want to pronounce them permanently closed, but we’ve seen this before…

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!)

Fritto Misto Taking Over Native Space In Santa Monica…

I can’t take credit for this uncovering this, but people have been curious about the old Native space on the corner of 7th and Santa Monica Blvd. in Downtown Santa Monica ever since celebrity chef Nyesha Arrington pulled the plug, so I’m passing this information on…  Just this week, the Santa Monica Daily Press reported that longtime neighborhood fave pasta joint Fritto Misto will be moving into the aforementioned erstwhile Native location.  Apparently, their old cozy corner spot at 601 Colorado will be demolished to make way for a new eight story apartment building.  That means that their neighbor, sushi restaurant Ninjin, will also be moving out.  If you don’t know about Fritto Misto, it is an under-the-radar Italian cafe with a fiercely loyal fanbase and a second location in Hermosa Beach.  We wish them the best of luck.FrittoMisto.jpg

Carl’s Jr. Now Open In Santa Monica… You’re Welcome.

Every once in while, one of my posts attracts a great deal of interest for reasons I can’t completely understand.  That appears to be the case when I first told you about the closure of the Carl’s Jr. on the corner of Harvard and Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica.   Ever since then, a great many of you have been checking for updates, and even though they completed their remodel a bit ago, a lot of you are still asking me questions.  So here ya go… Carl’s Jr. is now open and dishing burgers and fried zucchini to the fast-food starved people of Santa Monica.

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À La Couch Delivering Delicious To Santa Monica Soon…

It looks like a new meal delivery shop is settling into the space at 2311 Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica.  Window displays are announcing the impending arrival of À La Couch to the diminutive spot.  They describe themselves as a delivery restaurant group with “chef driven food concepts” which, if I understand, are separate restaurants with whom they partner such as MAC’D (a build-your-own macaroni and cheese restaurant with locations in San Francisco and Oregon), Holy Cluck (a specialty wing restaurant), and a bowl restaurant and a Keto Restaurant as well.  Sounds interesting…

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Organica Juice Bar Replacing Basanti In Beverly Hills

Perhaps we’re not done with the pressed juice craze just yet…  Back in December of last year I told you about the demise of Basanti Tea Bar at 9465 S. Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills.  And now it looks like a new contender is moving in.  Window signage indicates that Organica Juice Bar will soon be the new occupant.  According to the window, you can expect a menu of cold-pressed juices, superfoods, smoothies, bowls, and, well… you get the picture.

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