We first got tipped off about Tartine’s expansion into Santa Monica by Eater, but no location was given. Then an excited reader recently spotted this, which seems to imply that Tartine will be landing in a new development on the corner of 20th and Arizona (1925 Arizona to be exact), site of the former Gates, Kingsley & Gates Moeller Murphy Funeral Directors building! So I went by to check things out. The funeral parlor closed a while ago, and the lot was sold. The expansive corner space is currently under construction, and an application posted out front indicates that a five story building will eventually stand on the corner. There’s no indication from the permits that Tartine will be part of the new development. So I reached out to a rep for Tartine, who confirmed that yes, they will be opening at this location. The medical/residential neighborhood at first seems an odd choice for San Francisco’s darling of rustic bread and pastries. But remember that Susan Feniger’s and Mary Sue Milliken’s upcoming project Socalo is only a block away, and sleek The Rooster is two blocks away, so it appears the area is turning into a something of a food destination.
The corner space at 20th and Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica, in what is currently the Gateway Hotel, has had a rocky past. First it was an IHOP. Then, for a minute, it was Rudy & Hudson California Diner. Now something exciting is on the way. An ABC application informs us that a new eatery is intent on moving in, but there’s no business name listed. There is however a design review notice that shows an artist’s rendering of the new place, and gives it a name: Socalo. And according to this article in the Santa Monica Daily Press, Socalo will be none other than Mary Sue Milliken’s and Susan Feniger’s triumphant return to Santa Monica, after the demise of the iconic Border Grill. I can’t wait.