Jimmy John’s Jumps Ship In Santa Monica

A victim of the challenging times?  It was only back in October of 2018 that I noticed that sandwich chain Jimmy John’s was replacing the Subway at 3023 Wilshire Blvd.  Sadly, Santa Monica’s only branch has closed up shop as evidenced by the large for lease sign on the front.

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Jimmy John’s Replacing Subway On Wilshire In Santa Monica

It seems like you can’t swing a dead cat in Santa Monica without hitting a branch of ubiquitous sandwich chain Subway.  That’s why it’s surprising the one located at 3023 Wilshire Blvd. closed down.  And the replacement?  Competitor Jimmy John’s is about to give Santa Monica its first branch.

 

 

STRFSH By The Voltaggio Brothers Landing In Downtown Santa Monica

The other day I noticed an interesting sign recently installed on the upstairs space in The Gallery at 1315 3rd Street Promenade where Subway used to reside.  Still covered with plastic, the sign resembles a license plate and bears an inscrutable jumble of consonants that appear to say “starfish”.  It also bears a very famous name, Voltaggio.  After much online searching, I was able to uncover only one single clue:  On page 35 of the Downtown Santa Monica Annual Report (you’re welcome for searching this document, it’s written on the very last page.), you’ll see this single sentence, “Two new and exciting chef-driven concepts will follow, James Beard Award winner Dave Beran’s Dialogue and STRFSH by the Voltaggio Brothers.”  And that’s as much as I can find…

Update:  Eater has more details here.  

Further UpdateVoltaggio STRFSH is now open.

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Is The Gallery In SM Under Construction… Again?

The mystery continues…  Back in June of 2015 renovation began on the shabby old food court The Gallery at 1315 Third St. Promenade in Santa Monica.  Excitement heightened when it reopened and restaurants started trickling in.  And then something went wrong.  The restaurants that had opened moved out and The Gallery sat empty.  Then, last week, the windows were papered over and a required construction sign has appeared in the window.  If anyone has any information, let me know as this story has been keenly followed by a great number of you…

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What’s Going On At The Gallery Food Hall In The Promenade?

After an extensive renovation, the formerly dusty Gallery Food Hall, at 1315 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica, reopened with a fresh new design and look back in Spring of 2016.  Subway was open, and previous occupant McDonald’s moved back in, and expectations rose… then began to sink.  McDonald’s soon pulled up stakes.  And recently, on a tip from a reader, I dropped by to discover that the last remaining eatery, Subway, had indeed vacated its second floor location.  The Gallery now sits completely empty, without a single tenant or notice of a future occupant.  I’m not quite sure what troubling events are going on here, but I’ll keep watching…

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McDonald’s Disappears From The Third Street Promenade

After a long and thorough remodel, the food court at 1315 Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica otherwise known as The Gallery, finally reopened earlier this year and began to sputter back to life.  However, there appears to be a challenge to its triumphant return:  After reopening recently, McDonald’s, long the corner-stone of The Gallery, has mysteriously disappeared.  This leaves only Subway currently open, but there does seem to be a great deal of activity in some of the other stalls.  I’ll keep watching.

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The Gallery Slowly Coming Back To Life In Santa Monica

Back in March, I told you about the opening of the food hall The Gallery at 1315 Third Street Promenade after a two-year renovation.  While there appears to be a great deal of activity, almost all the stalls are still without tenants.  However, joining McDonald’s, Subway has returned to the The Gallery and is now open.  I’ll keep watching the other spaces…

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The Gallery Reopens In Santa Monica

Almost two years ago, I told you about the proposed renovation of the dusty old food court at 1315 Third Street Promenade.  Well, it has taken them long enough, but the flashy new Gallery food hall is now open.  But don’t get yours hope up yet.  Only McDonald’s has reopened and Subway is expected to soon as well, but other than that, nothing else has moved in yet.

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Subway Disappears From Century City Shopping Center

Keeping you abreast of the changes at the Westfield Century City Shopping Center, here’s the latest…  It appears that the mall’s branch of international sandwich chain Subway has quietly ceased to be.  Not sure what happened, but could it have had anything to do with the location which was set in the quiet corner near the children’s playground?  (Did you even know that existed?)  With all the glamorous new changes coming, I doubt we’ve seen the last of the utilitarian lunch spot, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

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Subway Now Open On Montana In Santa Monica

The Subway sandwich shop that took a strangely long amount of time to move into the old Patty’s Pizza on Montana near 7th has finally opened.  While a new Subway wouldn’t normally be big news, this one catches the eye because it is the only fast food outlet to open on the swanky boutique-laden street.  (Not the only chain though, as there are a plethora of coffee shops and frozen yogurt stores.)  I wonder if they’ll be using locally sourced and market driven produce… Notice the Patty’s Pizza awning under the flags.