PokeCeviche Landing On Main St. In Santa Monica

Back in October of 2017 I first noticed that a bowl joint was taking over the erstwhile Knuckle & Claw space at 2715 Main St. in Santa Monica.  But there hasn’t been any definitive proof about the impending eatery until now.  A sign recently went up in the window letting us know that this will be a branch of PokeCeviche.   PokeCeviche has four other locations (Santa Barbara, Oxnard, and Pomona), but this will be their first foray into The Westside.  Look for a menu of signature and custom bowls, nachos, poke tacos, ceviche tostadas, and Japanese soups.PokeCeviche.jpg

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“Jolie” Replacing Bareburger On Main St. In Santa Monica

Bareburger quietly slipped out of its space at 2732 Main St. in Santa Monica last month.  Wasting no time, it looks like a new contender is ready to give the capricious Main St. food scene a try.  A new ABC application has already gone up in the window.  The applicant is listed as Jolie LLC and the business name is oddly marked “_._._._ Jolie“.  No idea what this means, and there’s no information out there that I can find, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see…

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Socalo: Mary Sue Milliken’s and Susan Feniger’s Triumphant Return To Santa Monica

The corner space at 20th and Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica, in what is currently the Gateway Hotel, has had a rocky past.  First it was an IHOP Then, for a minute, it was Rudy & Hudson California Diner.  Now something exciting is on the way.  An ABC application informs us that a new eatery is intent on moving in, but there’s no business name listed.  There is however a design review notice that shows an artist’s rendering of the new place, and gives it a name:  Socalo.  And according to this article in the Santa Monica Daily Press, Socalo will be none other than Mary Sue Milliken’s and Susan Feniger’s triumphant return to Santa Monica, after the demise of the iconic Border Grill.   I can’t wait.Socalo1.jpgSocalo2.jpg

Interstellar Landing In Downtown Santa Monica

Well that didn’t take long…  Only just a couple of weeks ago, I told you about the disappearance of Air Food from the space at 109 Broadway in Downtown Santa Monica.  Wasting no time whatsoever, a newcomer is moving in.  An ABC application pasted to the front door lets us know that something called Interstellar will soon call this location home.  Not much out there on Interstellar, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see what develops.

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Board & Brush Bringing “Wine And Paint Nights” To Santa Monica

I’m not sure this qualifies as restaurant news, but…  I recently spotted an ABC application affixed to the front of an old vacuum cleaner shop at 2924 Wilshire Blvd. announcing an upcoming branch of national chain Board & Brush Creative Studio.  Self-described “DIY wood sign workshop” Board & Brush specializes in drinking, socializing with friends, and creating wooden signs.  Hmmm…

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Izakaya Osen Coming To Downtown Santa Monica

Remember back in 2014 when I first noticed that Caffe Primo was intending on moving into the corner space at Arizona and 7th?  This sleepy section of Downtown Santa Monica had been revitalized by the arrival of popular Cassia and Esters across the street.  But something went wrong, and not only did Caffe Primo pull out of the space at 702 Arizona, but they closed everywhere.  Since then the space has sat vacant… until now.  A new ABC application announces that Izakaya Osen is moving in.  At the time of this writing, I’m unclear if this is the same eatery as Silverlake’s Osen Izakaya.  More to come…

Update:  It will be the second branch for Osen IzakayaEater has the details here.

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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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