I’ve been hearing from surprised readers that one of The Westside’s last remaining outposts of Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks has disappeared overnight from its longstanding home at 404 Washington Blvd. in Marina Del Rey. As you can see, all signage has been pulled down and the place looks deserted. The Santa Monica Mirror confirmed the sad news yesterday, and lets us know that the next closest branch is in Westchester.
Good news People of Culver City, your first meal of the day is about to get more interesting! There’s window paper up one of the spaces in the Harlow development, on the corner of Washington and Hughes, announcing the impending arrival of Breakfast Republic. BR has a smattering of locations mostly south of here, but this will be only their second LA County space (after West Hollywood). Look for a menu of benedicts, omelets, pancakes, scrambles, as well as sandwiches, burritos, and vegan options. Oreo Cookie pancakes anyone?
Good news Culver City, huckleberry doughnuts are heading you way! There’s window covering up on one of the spaces in Culver Center (space 350 to be exact) on the corner of Overland and Washington Blvd., announcing a future coveted branch of Sidecar. Promising “The World’s Freshest Doughnuts”, innovative and wildly popular Sidecar began in Costa Mesa and has since expanded to currently 5 locations, making this the 6th. It appears they plan on opening in early 2022. You’re welcome.
Out of nowhere a new Mediterranean eatery has appeared in Marina Del Rey. With other locations in Westwood and Encino, Naab Cafe is now open at 4020C Lincoln Blvd. Expect a menu of small plates, sandwiches, falafel, and kebob.
Good people of Culver City, tacos are heading your way! There’s window paper announcing a branch of Teddy’s Tacos is moving into the space at 10601 Washington Blvd. #103 (corner of Overland). Teddy’s Tacos has locations in Pasadena and Industry.
Local java charmer Boulon D’Amour appears to be opening a branch in the Westfield Century City Shopping Center. There’s window covering on a free-standing kiosk on the first floor announcing the news. Boulon D’Amour operates a pretty spot on Washington Blvd. and is shooting for a Winter opening at this location. Expect various coffees, teas, signature drinks, and toasts.
When landmark Kifune Sushi Bar closed up shop at the end of last year after 34 years due to the owner’s retirement, it left a giant hole at 405 Washington Blvd in Venice. Now it looks like a new venture is giving the prominent corner a go: An ABC application taped to the front door informs us that something called Beach & Brew is moving in. I can’t seem to find much on B&B, so if you have information let me know…
A banner is up on a space in the Culver Crossroads shopping center on the corner of Washington and Sepulveda announcing that an outpost of juice expert Qwench is intent on moving in. Let’s hope the move-in goes much more smoothly that the branch of Qwench in Westwood, which took an astonishing three years to complete. Look for a menu of juices, smoothies, bowls, sandwiches, kombucha, tea, and coffee.
Window paper is up on one of the ground floor spaces in the mixed-use One Culver complex that sits between Washington and Culver Blvd. announcing a branch of innovative coffee purveyors Go Get Em Tiger. This branch will be their farthest west to date and sits on the Culver Blvd. side of the property, in space 104. GGET began as a pop-up in the Sqirl Café in 2012 and has currently expanded to seven locations. No word on an opening date yet.
It looks like popular Las Vegas Mediterranean chain Bok Bok Chicken is expanding its presence in LA. Back in June, they opened a location in Downtown LA. And now, a banner affixed to the front of a space in the Culver Crossroads shopping center on the corner of Washington and Sepulveda is announcing the expansion. Look for a menu of panini, pitas, and plates of shawerma, falafel, rotisserie chicken, with other Mediterranean specialties.
I just noticed a new banner and sign in front of the space at 11737 W Washington Blvd. in Culver City. I looks like something named Green Apple Café is moving in. Not much information out there on Green Apple, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see what develops.
Poplar hip Venice caffeine joint Menotti’s Coffee Stop is continuing to expand. Recently they appeared on Sunset in Hollywood. Now, according to the new signs, it looks like that they are opening another location in an old hardware store at 12450 W Washington Blvd. in Los Angeles (Or is it Culver City? It’s confusingly written both ways on-line.) I’m not sure when the flat whites and cortados will start pouring, but it looks like they’re not too far off…
I’ve been watching the new construction on the northeast corner of Washington and Overland in Culver City to see what may develop. After a new Starbucks, it appears that a branch of sandwich chain Jimmy John’s is intent on moving in. There are still a lot of spaces left on the ground floor, so I’ll keep watching to see what else may land there.