À La Couch Delivering Delicious To Santa Monica Soon…

It looks like a new meal delivery shop is settling into the space at 2311 Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica.  Window displays are announcing the impending arrival of À La Couch to the diminutive spot.  They describe themselves as a delivery restaurant group with “chef driven food concepts” which, if I understand, are separate restaurants with whom they partner such as MAC’D (a build-your-own macaroni and cheese restaurant with locations in San Francisco and Oregon), Holy Cluck (a specialty wing restaurant), and a bowl restaurant and a Keto Restaurant as well.  Sounds interesting…

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LDH Kitchen The Robata Closed In Santa Monica?

I first noticed that a new restaurant was coming to the erstwhile Cadet space at 2518 Wilshire Blvd. back in April of 2016.  It took a while, but LDH Kitchen The Robata opened in the Summer of 2018.  Known for their wild light displays, LDH Kitchen was a branch of massive Japanese lifestyle brand LDH (Love+Dream+Happiness).  Sadly, in less than a year, it appears that the love may be gone.  While I don’t have any confirmation that they’ve quit the location, I’ve noticed that the restaurant is dark in the evenings, and Yelp is listing as it as closed, so I think its safe to say that they have.  I’ll keep watching to see what develops…

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Shake Shack Coming To Santa Monica

I LOVE a good tip…  Ever since Panera disappeared from its space in the iconic building at 501 Wilshire Blvd., I’ve been hearing from mourning carb fans who are wondering what will take its place.  A reader passed on the skinny:  @retailroundrobin sent me a link to a real estate company Instagram post clearly showing that the space will soon be a branch of ever-poplar Shake Shack.  See for yourself here.

P.F. Chang’s Finished In Santa Monica?

And while we’re on the subject of P.F. Chang’s, here’s more bad news…  A sharp-eyed reader (Thanks E.R.!) noticed that P.F. Chang’s building at 326 Wilshire Blvd. was listed as up for lease last week.  There aren’t any obvious signs that it will be closing, and they certainly still seem busy, but if the if the LoopNet ad is to be believed, they’ll be out before July 1.  I don’t know what’s going on at P.F. Chang’s, but this certainly doesn’t look good following the recent closure of their El Segundo location as well.

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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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