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.

 

 

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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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