One of the last holdouts in the rapidly developing Westfield Century City Shopping Center, Vanilla Bake Shop has finally closed. Apparently, they may not be returning to the glitzy new mall once it opens sometime later this year. The website states that the upcoming Pasadena location is where they are relocating.
It appears that the Westside’s fave go-to spot for mini cupcakes is heading east. Signs are up in the window and their website confirms that Vanilla Bake Shop will soon be opening at 88 E. Colorado Blvd. in Old Town Pasadena. No word on when that opening date will be, but you can still pick up your macarons at their Santa Monica or Culver City locations.
Last week, I told you about Santa Monica’s Vanilla Bake Shop going into the ground floor of Westfield’s Century City Shopping Center. With a flurry of activity, at least four other restaurants are currently under construction and are slated to open sometime this year. BJ’s Brewhouse(http://www.bjsbrewhouse.com/) has (extremely slowly) been moving into the old French 75 space at the back of the mall and is now hiring. I hope they have better luck than every other incarnation to use this space. On the ground floor near Rocksugar, look for a summer opening for the “build-your-own-burger” chain The Counter (http://www.thecounterburger.com/). Finally, upstairs in the food court plywood signs are hiding construction on two new restaurants. You can probably guess what’s on the menu at the graphically named The Juicy Bird going into the old Tacone space, and right around the corner work is underway on a branch of the chain Charley’s Grilled Subs (http://www.charleys.com/). Both are slated to open July 1st.
With all eyes on tomorrow’s opening of The Market at Santa Monica Place, we mustn’t forget about the goings-on in the Century City Shopping Center. I noticed yesterday that Amy and Jeremy Berman’s Santa Monica cutie, Vanilla Bake Shop is going in on the ground floor underneath the food court. You’ll be able to get your cupcake babies sometime this summer. http://vanillabakeshop.com/