It wasn’t that long ago that I told you about the intention of Korean food chain Bibibop to take over erstwhile locations of Southeast Asian eatery ShopHouse. The Santa Monica branch of Bibibop Asian Grill, at 1401 Third St. Promenade, is now officially up and running. The concept is similar to ShopHouse‘s, where you build your bowl out of rice, noodles, or greens and then add a choice of protein, sauce, and various hot and cold toppings.
I recently came across ‘now hiring’ notices posted on the papered-over windows of the erstwhile ShopHouse locations at 1401 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica and at 1059 Broxton Ave. in Westwood. The notices announce that both locations will be brand spanking new branches of Korean food chain Bibibop Asian Grill, headquartered in Columbus Ohio. According to LABJ, they intend on taking over all the old ShopHouse locations, including The Point in El Segundo, and West Hollywood’s branch as well.
There are a great many of you who read this blog that appear to be very excited about the arrival of the big shopping/dining development The Point, situated on the corner of Rosecrans and Sepulveda in El Segundo (Manhattan Beach adjacent). Much of your attention is focused on the True Food Kitchen (that according to their website is now open), but as I’ve told you before, there are many other eateries on the way as well. I can’t exactly say when all of those restaurants will open (although it looks like most will be open very soon), I can tell you that The Point officially opens this Thursday with a 9:30am complimentary continental breakfast followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony and other activities over the weekend that you can read more about here.
Signs have recently gone up at El Segundo’s eagerly awaited massive The Point development heralding the arrival of many new restaurants slated to open this year on the corner of Sepulveda and Rosecrans. As early as September 2014, I figured out that True Food Kitchen was coming, but at least five more new eateries will leave locals spoilt for choice. Check out the full list of coming attractions here.
I’ve been watching The Point, the upscale outdoor mall being built on the corner of Sepulveda and Rosecrans in Manhattan Beach/El Segundo. After a little bit of investigation back in September, I told you that True Food Kitchen would be moving into the colossal development in 2015. And now comes news, via the LA Times, of the other restaurants that will be on offer: Mendocino Farms, Superba Food & Bread, Shophouse, North Italia (which along with True Food Kitchen is part of the Fox Restaurant Concepts group), and a “restaurant and marketplace” from the founder of Pitfire Artisan Pizza. Look for the openings to begin sometime in 2015.
Open since only late last year, signs are up in the window of Shophouse Southeast Asian Kitchen on the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and the Third Street Promenade declaring that the Santa Monica branch of the fresh Asian chain is temporarily closed for a kitchen refurbishment. And while a notice originally stated that they would be open by Tuesday (May 20th), clearly things did not go as smoothly as they imagined because it remains closed, and the part of the note saying they would being open by Tuesday has been blackened out and replaced with a scrawled promise of opening “as soon as we can”. Hopefully they’ll be up and running again shortly.