The Gourmandise School Reopens In New Digs…

The last remaining soldier in the Market, that once promised us a Ferry Building-style experience atop Santa Monica Place, has finally found a new home.  The popular culinary academy The Gourmandise School has now opened in their elegant new space across the way, next to the also recently relocated The Curious Palate.  And what of the Market at Santa Monica Place?  As I’ve already told you, it looks poised to become a children’s museum, thereby completely extinguishing any further gastronomic hopes.

 

 

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The Gourmandise School Shifts Locations In SMP: The Market Soon To Be Completely Empty

The last remaining tenant of the failed Market at Santa Monica Place is pulling out.  Culinary educators The Gourmandise School are moving to a new third floor location in the mall, just to the right of the recently moved The Curious Palate.  What’s next for The Market?  I’ve heard whispers that it will be turned into a multi-use space, but I cannot confirm that, so we’ll just have to wait and see…

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The Dudes’ Brewing Company Bringing Craft Beer To Santa Monica Place

Could the stumbling food scene in Santa Monica Place be recovering?  Z Pastabar recently opened, The Curious Palate jumped locations but not the ship, and The Cheesecake Factory appears constantly busy.  Yet there are still four cavernous restaurant spaces that remain idle.  But soon you can make that three.  Signs are up on the front of the space that used to house Pizza Antica informing us that Torrance’s craft beer specialists The Dudes’ Brewing Company will soon be moving in.  We wish them the best of luck.

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Venokado Vacates SMP

It appears that wine and gift shop Venokado has given up the ghost in The Market at Santa Monica Place.  And The Curious Palate will be jumping ship from its Market space to across the way, just to the right of the ArcLight.  That means that soon, the only soldier left standing will be La Gourmandise School.  But we’ve been promised that something new will be coming…

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More Changes To Santa Monica Place…

It looks like one of the last enduring restaurants in the challenged Market at Santa Monica Place is finally pulling out.  But for once, the news isn’t catastrophic.  Tenacious farm-to-table hold out The Curious Palate is moving from the space inside The Market, to the outside space directly opposite (space 331), just to the right of The ArcLight Cinemas.  The space has mostly sat empty since the post-remodel orginal restaurant Ozumo pulled out back in 2012.  They are apparently not using the entire Ozumo space, and construction has yet to begin, so it may take a while yet…

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The Market At SMP 2.0 Coming Soon…

Oh those glorious days back in 2011 when we all held such high hopes for the opening of The Market at Santa Monica Place, only to have those hopes dashed on the rocks shortly thereafter.  With names such as Rockenwagner and Piero Salvaggio involved, all eyes were on the food hall that was frequently described as “Ferry Building style”.  Well, after years of sputtering and losing tenants, The Market recently closed most of its space for a major re-do.  Only four stores remain open: The Gourmandise School, The Curious Palate, Venokado, and Groundworks.  No word on what they’re planning on doing, and the signs that are up only promise that “The Market is changing”, so we’ll just have to wait and see.  Perhaps the new Arclight Cinemas and Cheesecake Factory will bring more foot traffic.  Maybe we can start to get our hopes up again…

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