Big Dean’s Expands, Starbucks Lands Under The Pier In SM

Tucked underneath the Santa Monica Pier, Big Dean’s Ocean Front Cafe has long been a favorite watering hole with locals and the beach crowd, and has remained largely untouched since the 1970s.  But that’s all about to change…  According to a spokesperson, they are expanding into the space just to the north, adding more patio, bar, and kitchen space.  And at the other end of the building, a brand new Starbucks is moving in, bringing a much different vibe to this little hidden corner of Santa Monica.  Check out the artist’s rendering below to get a taste of how things will look.

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Seaside On The Pier Replacing Ristorante Al Mare On The SM Pier

It was back in June of 2013, when I first noticed a new Italian restaurant gearing up to cater to the hungry tourist trade on the Santa Monica Pier.  Sadly, it appears that Ristorante Al Mare has closed up shop…  Making haste to replace it will be Seaside On The Pier, at least according to the plywood covering the remodel.  Looks like they’re installing a grill, sandwich shop, and a rooftop lounge.