Ippudo Restaurant Bringing Famous Ramen To Santa Monica?

I noticed a few weeks ago that something was moving into the vacant space that used to house erstwhile tapas joint Taberna Arros Y Vi at 1403 2nd St. in Downtown Santa Monica.  A recently posted development application lists the new tenant as Ippudo Restaurant. I can’t confirm it, but could this be an upcoming branch of the famous cult tonkotsu ramen chain from New York, that is also moving into the Bay Area?  I guess we’ll have to wait and see what develops…




Taberna Arros Y Vi Closed?

Ambitious Taberna Arros Y Vi sprang onto the Santa Monica dining scene back in 2013 with its Spanish tapas theme and dark and moody interior.  Lately though, I’ve been hearing rumblings of a closure.  Every time I walked by to check (usually before they opened), they had appeared ready for service:  The tables were set and the bar was stocked.  So yesterday, I dropped by after their opening time of 6pm.  Sure enough, the door was locked and there was no activity inside.  While there is no official announcement or news anywhere, Yelpers are reporting it closed and Opentable no longer carries its listing.  So, I’m calling this one:  Taberna Arros Y Vi is now closed.  Let me know if you have any other information…


104 Wine Bar By The Ocean Now Closed

It appears that the sleepy little oenophilic restaurant at 104 Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica, 104 Wine Bar by the Ocean has quietly slipped out of existence.  No word on a replacement just yet, but with all the recent openings in that area (Stout, Water Grill, Taberna Arros y Vi), I can’t imagine the space will sit idle for long…



Taberna Arros y Vi Opens Today In Santa Monica

After what seemed to be a long time coming, Taberna Arros y Vi will officially open today (Wednesday, June 12th) at 5:00pm in the old Tudor House space at 1403 2nd St. in Santa Monica. Brought to you by restaurateur Michael Cardenas (Lazy Ox Canteen), the brand-spanking new venture is billing itself, according to the Facebook page, as a Spanish tapas bar and restaurant.  Read more at: tabernala.com.




It’s Official… Tudor House To Close July 22nd

As I reported earlier (toddrickallen.com/tudor-house), after 50 years, Anglophile institution Tudor House, the store, restaurant, tearoom, and bakery at 1403 Second Street in Santa Monica is to close.  According to the paper posted on the window, it looks like they now have an official date, Sunday July 22nd.  To commemorate the sad news, they will be giving out complimentary glasses of champagne to all customers who come in on Saturday or Sunday of their last weekend to wish them goodbyeRead their farewell letter here: thetudorhouse.com.  I was told by an employee that a new “Spanish” restaurant will be taking over the space.  I’ll keep you posted…

Update:  EaterLA is reporting that the restaurant moving into the Tudor House space will be a paella and tapas venture by Lazy Ox restaurateur Michael Cardenas.  The new restaurant is to be named Taberna Arros y Vi.  Read more at: la.eater.com.