Naab Cafe Now Open In MDR

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.

Primo’s Donuts Replacing Stan’s In Westwood

When I let you know about the closure of iconic Stan’s Donuts at 10948 Weyburn in Westwood, I heard from many devastated locals who grew up eating the well-known sugary treats.  Now it looks as though another old school donut shop is setting up housekeeping at that historic address on the corner.  Window paper is informing us that Primo’s Donuts is taking over.  Primo’s has been an LA institution on Sawtelle for over 60 years.

Ramayani Gone From Westwood

On a tip from a reader (Thanks Ely!) I went by 1777 Westwood Blvd. to see what was going on with beloved Indonesian institution Ramayani.  It looks like they won’t be reopening at this location.  There’s a for lease sign hanging on the front.  Truly a sad day for West LA’s dining scene.  Their website does promise a resurrection in the San Fernando Valley “soon”.  We wish them luck.

Alfred Coffee Coming To Westwood Village

It appears that Westwood Village is about to get a new java joint.  While there is no obvious sign, the windows of 1154 Westwood Boulevard (formerly site of Peet’s Coffee) are blackened with the words “But first, coffee”.  You might recognize this phrase as the tagline for the sleek third-wave purveyor of caffeinated drinks Alfred Coffee.

Prince Of Venice Brings Royal Pizza Al Taglio To Westwood Village

And while we’re on the subject of pizza al taglio (Roman-style pizza baked in large rectangular pans and cut with scissors), a new pizza joint recently opened at 1091 Broxton in Westwood Village, formerly the home of Kopan Ramen which disappeared over the Summer.  Prince of Venice Pasta & Pizza is apparently run by an actual Italian prince, Prince Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia, and started life as a food truck, making this location their first brick-and-mortar.  In addition to pizza al taglio, there is a pasta lab where “guests will be able to watch hand-crafted, authentic Italian pasta being made” and sauced with fresh hand-made sauces.  As you can see, the ABC application in the window lets us know that beer and wine are on the way.  We wish them the best of luck.

Nick The Greek Now Open In Westwood Village

I’ve been hearing from excited readers about the latest addition to the Westwood dining scene.  So I went by to check it out.  Nick The Greek Souvlaki & Gyro House is now up and running in the space that used to house D1 Cafe at 10959 Kinross.  Nick The Greek operates a number of locations, mostly north of here.  Look for a menu of, you guessed it, souvlaki and gyro, as well as falafel, burgers, salads, and soup.  We wish them the best of luck…

Let’s Go 4 Tea In Westwood…

On a tip from a reader (Thanks Jeremy!) I went by to check out what was going on in the bolthole space that used to be the home of L Kitchen at 952 Gayley in Westwood Village.  Sure enough, paper is covering the window and informing us that something is coming.  While I can’t read the writing on the front, one small detail is written in English:  Let’s Go 4 Tea, which I’m guessing is the name.  I assume that this will be another tea and boba shop.  If you have other information, let me know…

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Kopan Ramen Closed In Westwood

It was a little over two years ago that I told you about the arrival of “Japanese izakaya” restaurant Kopan Ramen to the space at 1091 Broxton in Westwood.  Sadly, it appears that they have given up the ghost.  All signs are down and plywood still covers the front.  I’ll keep watching to see what may develop.

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Dun Huang Bringing Noodles To Westwood Soon…

With all the depressing news of closures, it’s good to see new restaurants coming.  Back in October of last year, I told you about the disappearance of El Pollo Loco from its location at 1081 Gayley in Westwood.  It appears a new eatery is going to give the space a go.  Signs are up announcing that Dun Huang is moving in.  I believe its the same Dun Huang that has locations in New York and one CA location in Rowland Heights.  If that is the case, we can expect Northwestern Chinese food on offer, and apparently epic handmade noodles.  We wish them the best of luck.

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Meet Fresh Set To Bring Taiwanese Desserts To Westwood

Window banners are up on part of the old Jerry’s Deli space at 10923 Weyburn Ave. in Westwood Village announcing a future home for Taiwanese treat chain Meet Fresh.  The numbers are impressive:  With locations around the world, they currently have 800+ stores, there are more than 100 cold and hot desserts on offer, and they claim more than 100 million bowls of their icy grass jelly signature are sold globally every year.  The dizzying array of choices will also include such things as tofu pudding, milk tea, egg waffles, and taro balls, all made with traditional Taiwanese methods and the finest ingredients.  Interesting…

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Stan’s Donuts Calls It Quits In Westwood

I’ve been hearing from horrified fans that, after 55 years, beloved pastry purveyor Stan’s Donuts has permanently closed in Westwood.  A gracious note from Stan Berman on the front thanks patrons for their “support and friendship”.  It appears the decision to close was in the works anyway, but COVID-19 sped things up.

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Sip Rebrands As Junbi In Westwood Village

About two years ago, Sip Matcha, Boba & Tea opened at  10967 Weyburn Ave. in Westwood.  Recently, they closed for renovations.  They have reopened as Junbi Matcha & Tea.  The management, ownership, and menu haven’t changed, so why the new name?  Apparently, because of Sip‘s popularity, they have been receiving “expansion requests” from international and domestic cities.  They were unable to trademark Sip, and were therefore forced to rebrand as Junbi, which means “preparation” in Japanese.

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Qwench Juice Bar Coming To Culver City

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.

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Northern Cafe Continues Its Conquest Of Westwood

Asian food specialist Northern Café has quietly been leading the recent tenuous revival of Westwood Village.  In 2016 they opened a dumpling restaurant on Gayley, followed by a noodle joint on Weyburn earlier this year.  Now a banner is up on the space at 1061 Broxton, former location of SpireWorks, announcing their intention to open a Chinese hot pot restaurant.  We wish them the best of luck…

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Starbucks Replacing Iconic Coffee Bean In Westwood

A great many of you were shocked to learn that the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf had closed its doors back in August at its iconic stand-alone location at 1500 Westwood Blvd.  Die hard CBTL fans have been mourning the loss, but there is more coffee on the way…  A banner recently went up announcing Starbucks as the replacement.

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Sharetea Bringing Hope And Boba To Westwood; More News…

Signs of life in Westwood Village…  After an alarming number of eateries closed recently, it’s good to see some plucky contenders attempting the risky area.  It was originally reported earlier this year that Taiwanese boba brand Sharetea was going into the space previously occupied by The Poke at 935 Broxton.  But that didn’t happen for some reason.  Now window paper covering the front of the old Nushii location at 1055 Broxton is announcing Sharetea’s intent to move in.  And I also previously reported House of Meatball’s closure back in September in order to “freshen up”.  Readers have been quick to point out that, despite other Westwood restaurants that have closed for remodeling only to eventually permanently close soon after, House of Meatballs has happily reopened at 1076 Gayley.

Mr. Rice Taking Over Falafel King Space In Westwood Village

If you follow this blog, then you know I’ve been carefully following the volatility of the Westwood Village food scene.  You may remember that, with great sadness, I reported back in September about the disappearance of Westwood’s beloved institution Falafel King from its 1010 Broxton Ave. location.  Wasting no time, a plucky new contender appears to be giving the space a go.  Signs are up announcing that Mr. Rice is settling in.  An employee at Mr. Rice in Rowland Heights told me that this is “same company”, but I can’t absolutely confirm it.

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