Ago Says Arrivederci To West Hollywood After 20 Years

Sadly, it appears that glittering West Hollywood institution Ago has called it quits, having served their last meal over the weekend.  Ago has stood like a sentinel near the corner of La Cienega and Melrose for 20 years.  It was a quiet fortress for industry power players who, dripping in Chanel and LV, would make their way from the string of Bentleys and Lamborghinis in the car park to the twinkling patio to dine on branzino, deftly deboned tableside, washed down with multiple rounds of excellent negronis.  The Tuscan menu, created by Chef/partner Agostino Sciandri (in partnership with Robert DeNiro and others) was good and reliably served by polished Italian natives.  I’d been hearing whispers of trouble for a while now, and some long-time employees had been let go, so it wasn’t necessarily a surprise, but it does feel like the end of an era.  I for one, will miss it.

I’m told the space has been sold and a new venture is expected by March or April.  As always, I’ll keep watching…

Sweet Jesus Bringing Heavenly Confections To West Hollywood

A prominent window display at 8360 Melrose in West Hollywood proclaims the impending triumphant arrival of Sweet Jesus, a Toronto-based ice cream chain.  While cheekily-named, Sweet Jesus’ website makes it clear that they don’t want to “offer commentary on anyone’s religion”, but rather deliver “pimped out” soft serve ice cream cones with lofty heights and creative add-ons.  They also do cakes, shakes, and frappés  as well.  Sweet Jesus has locations across Canada, and one other US location on the East Coast.  I’m predicting that Sweet Jesus and Paul Smith‘s nearby notorious pink wall will be a social media match made in heaven…

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Allspice Now Closed In West Hollywood

On a tip from a reader (Thanks Shawn!), I went to check out what was going on at Mediterranean eatery Allspice Kitchen & Grill at 7501 Sunset in West Hollywood. Sure enough, a large for lease sign on the front and gutted interior confirm that they have indeed closed.  Their Yelp page promises a temporary closure, but I think it’s safe to say there looks to be little hope of that…

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Crustica Bringing “A New Wave Of Pizza” To West Hollywood

There’s a big banner up on the side of the erstwhile Flavor Of India corner space at 9045 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood.  It reveals that a new pizza joint, Crustica, will soon be moving in.  There isn’t a great deal out there yet on Crustica, but a developing website promises the “best pizza you’ve never tasted, and the best you ever will”.

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Continental Kitchen Coming To Beverly Hills

WeHo’s Continental Kitchen is expanding.  Signs are up on the space at 8300 Wilshire Blvd. (corner of San Vicente) in Beverly Hills, that used to house BrewDog Pub, announcing the impending arrival.  And it looks like they’re fairly close to opening.  Expect a large and varied menu of smoothies, salads, breakfasts, burgers, wraps, bowls, and more.

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Caffe Primo Abandons Plans For 7th And Arizona Location In Santa Monica

It was almost three years ago that I first noticed that a branch of Caffe Primo was intending on moving into the corner space at 7th and Arizona in Downtown Santa Monica, across the street from wildly popular Cassia.   But all that appears to have changed.  Recently, all the window announcements were pulled down, and a for lease sign has gone up on the vacant space. It looks like the West Hollywood location is gone as well. I’m not sure what happened, but I’ll keep watching to see what develops.

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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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