Pulse Cafe Now Open On Montana In Santa Monica

Even though the sign proclaiming long-gone Valen Dolce never changed, the most recent inhabitant of the space at 1426 Montana Ave. #5 in Santa Monica was coffee shop Via Dolce (confusing, isn’t it?), that had moved from further up the street when competition from Sweet Lady Jane became too stiff.  Via Dolce recently closed and in its place, a new ambitious venture has just opened.  The brand-spanking new Pulse Cafe offers a healthy menu of vegetarian sandwiches, salads, breakfasts, smoothies, and gluten-free baked goods as well as coffee and tea.  And they’re working on that sign…  Read more at:  westsidepulse.com.

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Valen Dolce Calls It Quits On Montana; Via Dolce Moves In

There’s more activity lately on Montana Ave. in Santa Monica than you can shake a stick at.  Sadly, we saw this one coming…  After a valiant effort and loads of free samples, Valen Dolce is giving up the ghost at 1426 Montana Ave. #5.  Further up the street, it looks like stiff competition coming from its next door neighbor Sweet Lady Jane, is causing Via Dolce to vacate its space at 1627 Montana.  But all is not lost, Via Dolce (not related to Valen Dolce… I know, its confusing) will be taking over the old Valen Dolce space.  They should be ready for business sometime in January 2012.  Look for the usual menu of coffees, teas, pastries, salads, and sandwiches.