Yet Another CBTL Gone?

I’ve been watching the mass extinction of The Westside’s beloved Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.  It appears yet another one may have bitten the dust.  The popular CBTL at 2901 Main St. in Santa Monica appears to be closed.  While it doesn’t have the poster announcing the closure as the other ones have had, the windows are papered over and the equipment has been removed.  What is going on?

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Ensoku Ramen Replaces PoKing In Santa Monica

I’m not exactly sure when it happened, but a new noodle joint has quietly slipped into the location that once housed the self-described “King of Poke”, PoKing at 2307 Main St. in Santa Monica.  An awning has appeared that lets us know Ensoku Ramen now resides at that address.  What’s on offer?  Rolls and ramen with “authentic broth, fresh ingredients”, and a “wide variety”.  And they’re open for take away.

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Station 26 Heading For Main St.

It appears that something new is taking over the Rick’s Tavern on Main space at 2907 Main St. in Santa Monica.  An ABC application posted on the front lists the business name as Station 26.  Station 26 just happens to be the closest lifeguard station on the beach.  I couldn’t find much information on this new eatery, so if you have any details let me know.

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Bluestone Lane Bringing Flat Whites And Beer/Wine To Montana Ave. In Santa Monica

I’ve been hearing whispers that the construction on the corner of Montana Ave. and 10th St. in Santa Monica would eventually be the home of an “Australian” coffee shop.  But I was unable to get concrete information until recently, when an ABC application was posted on the front.  As you can see, no business name is listed.  However, the ABC application online clearly spells out that this will be a branch of coffee experts Bluestone Lane.  And this one will apparently have beer and wine on offer as well.

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Fresh Corn Grill Confirmed For Santa Monica

I’ve been watching the space that was the home of erstwhile Baja Fresh at 720 Wilshire Blvd. (corner of Lincoln).  The space has been undergoing a remodel for a while now.  An ABC application recently went up on the front confirming that Westwood’s Fresh Corn Grill is on the way.  Expect a menu of healthy pizza, pasta, salad, tacos, and enchiladas.  We wish them the best of luck.

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Osteria Bigoli Done In Santa Monica?

I’ve been hearing from readers that Osteria Bigoli has permanently pulled the plug, so I went by their location at 714 Montana Ave. to have a look.  Like many businesses right now, there’s a scrawled note on the front door saying that they’re closed until further notice.  But as you can see, their sign above the front door has been removed and one reader (Thanks Kurt!) let me know that the interior decorations are gone, so it looks like they probably don’t have plans on reopening.  Let me know if you hear anything different.

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