Café Crepe Caput In Downtown Santa Monica

Café Crepe has long anchored the corner of Broadway and The Third St. Promenade, and was perpetually crowded with tourists.  So it comes as a surprise that they have abruptly and unceremoniously closed up shop.  A brief note on the door bids a quick Au Revoir, and mentions the Canadian company’s other LA location, at Union Station.

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Panera Bread Decamps From Downtown Santa Monica

I’ve been receiving loads of messages from panicked Santa Monicans lamenting the demise of their beloved Panera Bread, in the landmark building at 501 Wilshire Blvd. that used to house Polly’s Pies.  What’s more, a demolition notice now hangs in the window.  Panera appears to be losing its presence on the Westside, with now-vacated locations in Westwood and Beverly Hills as well.  I’m keeping an eye on all three to see what may develop…

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Office Luck Taking Over Musha In Santa Monica: The Name Of The New Restaurant Is Shirubē

Many of you were in shock when I first told you about the disappearance of beloved Japanese restaurant Musha at 424 Wilshire Blvd. in Downtown Santa Monica.  Now it looks like a new tenant is going to give the diminutive space a go.  A new ABC application is posted on the front.  It doesn’t give much information, just an applicant name of Office Luck USA.  There is no business name listed.  I can’t locate anything on Office Luck, likewise the officer named on the application doesn’t reveal any insight.  If you have any more information, let me know…

Update:  Indeed a reader did know more (Thanks Ryan!):  The restaurant’s name will be Shirubē.  It will be an izakaya style restaurant that appears to be past their projected opening date.  Check out their Instagram page here.

Update:  Eater has the full skinny here.

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Reds Ceases Serving Swedish Pizza In Santa Monica.

It was back in 2015 when I first told you about the buzzy arrival of Swedish pizza to the Santa Monica food scene.  Reds Pizza has made a valiant four-year run of it at 707 Pico Blvd., but sadly it appears that they have thrown in the towel.  I’m not quite sure when it happened, but the storefront is boarded over.  There’s no clear indication of what may take over the space, but I’ll keep watching.

Broadway Baker Bringing Brownies Beloved By Oprah To Santa Monica

Santa Monica is about to get a whole lot sweeter…  It wasn’t that long ago that I told you about the disappearance of Beach City Creamery (formerly Beachy Cream) from its address at 1209 Wilshire.  Paper is now up on the windows telling us about another treat shop moving in.  With one location in the Arts District Downtown, it looks like Broadway Baker is taking over the space.  And what’s on offer?  Known for their gift boxes, Broadway Baker prides itself on hand crafted, all natural premium baked good from three generations of family recipes, including their salted caramel brownies, once prominently featured in O, The Oprah Magazine.

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Trader Joe’s Lands In MDR

Everyone’s fave grocery store Trader Joe’s is expanding its footprint on the Westside.  I’ve been watching all the new construction along Admiralty in Marina del Rey to see what may develop.  A large notice attached to the fence around the new building on the corner of Admiralty and Mindanao Way lets us know that this will soon be a branch of TJ’s.  Don’t forget that there’s a brand new one going up on Wilshire and 23rd in Santa Monica as well.  The Beach Communities will be spoiled for choice…

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Hollywood Burger Starring In Santa Monica Soon

It was a sad day when, after a brave effort, the people behind Chou Chou French Patisserie decided to pull the plug at 313 Wilshire Blvd.  Now a new tenant is poised to move in.  With one location on Hollywood Blvd., it appears that Hollywood Burger will soon be delivering “gourmet-style burgers” to the good people of Santa Monica. HollywoodBurger.jpg