Shake Shack Santa Monica’s Sleek Look…

About a year ago, I told you about mega-popular Shake Shack‘s intention to build an outpost at 501 Wilshire Blvd, formerly the site of Panera and Polly’s Pies before that.  Recently, an artist’s rendering of what the new building will look like was pasted on the front.  It seems like they’ve a way to go since no construction has begun yet, and these are uncertain times…

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The New Face Of Santa Monica

We’re living with madness right now, and shops and restaurants are really feeling it.  If you haven’t been out much, you may not have seen that stores have begun boarding over their windows.  Sur La Table at Wilshire and Third is covered, and Williams Sonoma on Montana Ave. is also boarded.  What they’re anticipating is anyone’s guess…

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Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop Heading To Downtown Santa Monica

After sitting idle for a while, the restaurant at 331 Wilshire Blvd., that used to be the home of short-lived The Gables, is finding a new tenant.  A banner is hanging over the entrance announcing that a branch of the salad, sandwich, and bowl chain Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop is moving in.  However, the banner is delcaring that this branch will be called Greenleaf Kitchen & Cocktails.  An ABC application in the window confirms the cocktails part.  No word on an opening date, and I would expect big delays right now…

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Buena Vida Tea Bar & Garden Coming To Montana Ave.

It appears that a new tea room is heading for the space that used to house a florist shop at 726 Montana Ave. in Santa Monica.  Window paper is up announcing that Buena Vida Tea Bar & Garden is moving in.  The window paper promises us orgainic fair-trade tea, baked goods, afternoon tea, ceremonial events, and an outdoor patio.

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Somi Somi Bringing Some Cheer To Downtown Santa Monica…

Back in October of last year, I told you about the disappearance of Pinkberry from 1456 Third Street Promenade in Downtown Santa Monica.  Wasting no time whatsoever, expanding chain Somi Somi has opened in the space and is now serving their signature brand of “Korean-inspired” soft service ice cream.  And, at the time of this writing, while other places have currently closed (or are offering take away), they are still open, giving us all a little needed cheer right now.

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100% Ice Cream & Coffee Coming To Santa Monica Place

As you know, mall food courts have been hit hard with closures.  The third floor of Santa Monica Place is no exception.  But one plucky contender is going to give it a try.  Plywood is up on the space just to the left of the food court announcing that something named 100% Ice Cream & Coffee is moving in.  I don’t have much information on this place, but the sign says that organic grass fed ice cream will be on offer.

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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…