Big Dean’s Expands, Starbucks Lands Under The Pier In SM

Tucked underneath the Santa Monica Pier, Big Dean’s Ocean Front Cafe has long been a favorite watering hole with locals and the beach crowd, and has remained largely untouched since the 1970s.  But that’s all about to change…  According to a spokesperson, they are expanding into the space just to the north, adding more patio, bar, and kitchen space.  And at the other end of the building, a brand new Starbucks is moving in, bringing a much different vibe to this little hidden corner of Santa Monica.  Check out the artist’s rendering below to get a taste of how things will look.

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Blue Bottle Comes To Brentwood

I’ve been watching the diminutive space at 13050 San Vicente Blvd. suite 108 (corner of 26th) in Brentwood ever since Starbucks closed up shop there earlier in the year.  Signs recently went up on the façade informing us that expanding über-hip roasters  Blue Bottle Coffee will soon be inhabiting the address.  And sooner than you think:  According to their website, they’ll be handing out free coffee this Saturday for their pre-opening sneak peak “community day” starting at 9am.

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Starbucks Now Open In SMP

For many restaurateurs and businesspeople, opening a new food spot in Santa Monica can be a nightmare.  Red tape and delays make the process a long, dragged out affair. (Am I right Lemonade, Creams & Dreams? And Caffe Primo… we feel your pain.)  But for some magical reason known only to the god of multinational coffee chains, a new Starbucks can open in days in the notoriously challenging city.  It was only back in mid-October that I told you about a new branch of the ubiquitous coffee purveyor being built on the ground floor of Santa Monica Place near Bloomingdale’s.  One month and a half later, Starbucks is open and probably giving Ugo Café a run for its money.

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Starbucks Coming Soon To SMP

You could be forgiven for not noticing that The Beach’s preeminent shopping complex, Santa Monica Place did not have a branch of a large chain coffee shop.  There has always been an outpost of the Italianesque mini-chain Ugo Café, and a now departed Groundwork made a valiant effort, but the big name ubiquitous coffee joints have been kept out… until now.  Construction is underway on a free-standing brand spanking new Starbucks on the ground floor, near CB2, directly beneath the upcoming Arclight Cinemas.

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Here’s Your Upcoming Food Lineup At Terminal 2…

LAX has been undergoing some impressive changes.  The Tom Bradley International Terminal recently went from decrepid to stylish with a fairly good representation of the local food scene.  And now it’s Terminal 2’s turn.  Recently I had the opportunity to check out the terminal.  Most everything is covered with plastic and construction is fast and furious, but I did get the opportunity to take note of what will be arriving soon.  First of all, gone is the dusty old Wolfgang Puck’s Express, one of the very last of its kind.  Besides a Starbucks and a sandwich kiosk (Plane Box Food Co.), the only place open right now is The Counter’s assembly line concept Built Custom Burgers.  But at least three more restaurants are on their way: Barney’s Beanery, Sealegs Wine Bar, and Slapfish A Modern Seafood Shack.  So hopefully in the near future, flying out of Terminal 2 won’t feel like a prison sentence…

Update:  And while you’re at it, check out what’s coming to Terminal 6 as reported today by Eater…

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eLOVate Coming Soon To SM…

Looks like a brand spankin’ new venture, eLOVate, is coming soon to 1705 Ocean Ave. Suite 111 (but actually the space faces Olympic equidistant between the new Starbucks and upcoming and highly anticipated Joan’s on Third) in Santa Monica.  Not much information on eLOVate out there yet, except an ABC application that you can check out here.  Judging by the window display, I’m guessing the new restaurant will serve some manner of healthy food.  They’re promising a Spring opening, but I’ll keep my eye on it.

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Starbucks Now Open On Olympic And Main In SM

Interesting how, in Santa Monica, a restaurant can languish for sometimes years awaiting city approval, but a coffee shop opens in minutes…  It was only in mid-July, when I first reported that a new Starbucks was landing on the corner of Main and Olympic in Santa Monica.  The big news here was the new “Starbucks Evenings” concept:  at night, there would be a menu of beer and wine with nibbles.  Wasting no time whatsoever, the new Starbucks is already up and running.  However, they are not serving beer and wine just yet.  They are awaiting approval after the City review hearing last week.  So you’ll just have to wait a bit longer for your flatbread and glass of Ferrari-Carano…

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