Chick-fil-A Now Open In Santa Monica… You’re Welcome

I first noticed that poultry purveyor Chick-fil-A was remodeling the old Taco Bell at 2207 Lincoln Blvd. back in December of last year.  Ever since then, I have been astonished at the great number of you who are constantly checking for updates.  So, to you dedicated fans of their signature chicken sandwich I deliver this happy news:  Chick-fil-A officially threw open their doors at 6:30am this morning.

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Dragon Palace Disappears From Santa Monica

This shouldn’t come as a terrible shock to too many people…  Nestled among other neighborhood eateries in the quiet Yale Center strip mall, it appears that Chinese restaurant Dragon Palace has quietly disappeared from its space at 2832 Santa Monica Blvd.  Their reviews were generally on the good side, so I’m not really sure what happened.  I’ll keep watching to see what, if anything, decides to move into the unassuming location.

Update: According to readers Annie & Daisy (thanks!), this strip mall will soon be converted into a mixed use space.  All the other restaurants will also be gone shortly…

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Rawkin Juice Squeezed Out Of Santa Monica

The humble space at 705 Montana Ave. in Santa Monica has sure seen its share of trouble.  It was only back in June of last year that I told you about the arrival of celeb fave Rawkin Juice to the spot that previously had been occupied by short-lived Orchard Flats Juicery.  Last week, a note was taped to the front door saying that they had closed for “renovation” (frequently restaurant code for ” permanently closed”).  This week the for lease sign went up on the space confirming the sad news that they have indeed closed.  Is the honeymoon over for the pressed juice craze?

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Sensible Seasonal Healthy Food Takes Over Fresh Healthy Café In Santa Monica Place

The food scene in Santa Monica Place is as mercurial as ever…  A banner affixed over the top of the old sign informs us that Fresh Healthy Café has transformed into Sensible Seasonal Healthy Food.  Expect a similar menu of smoothies, bowls, salads, panini, and wraps at the free-standing food court lunch counter.

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Carvery Kitchen Quits Santa Monica, Lands In LA

Recently, I discovered that popular sandwich spot Carvery Kitchen had vacated its space at 3101 Ocean Park Blvd. in Santa Monica.  The space is completely gutted and all signs have been removed.  But all is not lost… According to their website, Carvery Kitchen is moving to 8832 Pico Blvd. in LA, previously the home of Mexikosher.  I went by to check out their progress. The plucky “Ultimate Deli” had planned on a soft opening April 16th, but they appear to be behind schedule and have a way to go.

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Erewhon Opens April 11 In Santa Monica

I first noticed that natural foods grocer Erewhon was coming to Santa Monica late last year.  After extensive construction, it appears they are about to open.  According to the notices pasted on the front, the bright shiny new Erewhon officially opens at 9am on April 11th at 2800 Wilshire Blvd., and features a “beautiful patio, terraced courtyard, and a street-level view of Erewhon’s open kitchen”.

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