Bluestone Lane Bringing Flat Whites To Venice

After opening in Santa Monica earlier in the year, Bluestone Lane is expanding to Venice.  I followed up on a tip from a reader (Thanks Barbara) and went snooping around the old Cerveteca location.  I was able to confirm that 523 Rose Ave. will indeed soon be home to a branch of the Australian chain.

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Matthew Kenney’s New Deli Opening April 15th In Venice

I first noticed that something was happening to the space at 2524 Pacific Ave. in Venice back in February of last year.  A sign on the front informed us that a new organic, plant-based deli was moving in.  As it turns out, the deli is a project of a familiar name, Chef and restaurateur Matthew Kenney.  A little over a year later, the new deli, whose name is New Deli, will open April 15th (according to Plant Based News) with a selection of coffee, juice, beer, wine, and sundries.

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New Life For Willie Jane In Venice?

When Govind Armstrong’s southern-inflected hot spot Willie Jane disappeared at 1031 Abbot Kinney in Venice, it caused a great deal of hoopla.  Known for its popular biscuits, it closed up shop abruptly back in December.  But something new is coming to the space.  And according to the recently posted ABC change of ownership application, the new restaurant is named as Willie Jane as well, although this doesn’t necessarily indicate the final name of the new eatery.  A name listed on the application is one long associated with Abbot Kinney, Dan Abrams.  I don’t have much information on this, but if you’re curious, here’s a place to start looking

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A New Organic Plant Based Deli & Juice Bar Is Coming To Venice


I don’t have much information on this… A notice is up on the small neighborhood market that used to be the location of Sal’s Deli at 2524 Pacific Ave. in Venice declaring that the space will soon house an “organic plant based deli” and “organic juice bar”.  The telephone number on the banner connects to something  called “Gold Coast Properties”.  As always, I’ll keep watching.

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Tocaya Organica Expanding Into Santa Monica

Ever since short-lived Aestus vacated their space at 507 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica, I’ve been carefully watching to see what would move in.  Well, now we know…  The windows were recently papered over informing us that the good people of Santa Monica will soon be able to partake of “modern organic Mexican” at an upcoming branch of Tocaya Organica.  With branches in West Hollywood, Venice, and Miami, it looks like in they will also be expanding to Westwood and Hollywood as well, according to their website.

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