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…





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.



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…




Yet Another Starbucks In SM… With Beer & Wine!

Perhaps due to Silicon Beach, coffee houses are rapidly increasing in Santa Monica…  Thanks to a tip from a reader, I ventured over to the check out yet another Starbucks under construction at 1705 Ocean Avenue unit C (but really located in the back of the new Waverly building on the corner of Olympic and Main).  It appears that this Starbucks will be selling beer and wine in addition to lattes, according to the conditional use permit posted in the window.  Located right next to the new Tongva Park, this might be the perfect place to sit with a glass of Ferrari-Carano and try the Starbucks Evenings menu, that you can check out here. 




Starbucks Replacing Tommy’s Burgers In Santa Monica

If you thought that the construction on Tommy’s Original Hamburgers on the corner of Lincoln and Pico indicated a remodel, think again.  Looks like Tommy’s is out and the space is being rebuilt as a brand new Starbucks, giving us further evidence that Santa Monica, and even this bleak section of Lincoln Blvd., is rapidly developing.  Not that surprising, except that the burger stand has anchored that corner for over 20 years.



Teavana Takes Over The Starbucks Space In Beverly Hills

If you’ve been wondering what’s taking over that choice piece of real estate that used to house Starbucks at the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and Wilshire in Beverly Hills that is currently under construction, wonder no more.  Signs recently went up announcing that a new branch of tea purveyor Teavana will soon inhabit the space.  Until then, read more about Teavana, that not-so-coincidentally is owned by Starbucks, here.



Starbucks Now Open On 11th And Wilshire

The controversial Starbucks on the corner of 11th and Wilshire in Santa Monica opened for business today.  And while the opening of a new Starbucks isn’t exactly headline-making news, this particular one is notable because it became a poster child for Santa Monica’s inexorable drive toward over-development and loss of local character, even garnering a petition drive to retain the previous tenant, Farrah’s Florist.  But the coffee giant has prevailed, and now sits firmly in command of the prominent corner across from Melisse.