Tulsi Bringing Plant-based “Modern Indian” To Westwood Village

A sharp-eyed reader (Thanks Kiko!) noticed window paper up on the former home of Veggie Grill at 10916 Lindbrook in Westwood Village.  The paper promises us a branch of “modern fast-casual Indian eatery” Tulsi.  Tulsi has two other locations in LA (with the ambitious goal to eventually bring “Indian food into every neighborhood”) and offers a menu of plant-based faves including dosa, samosas, kathi rolls, dabeli, and even a few tacos.

The French Way Replacing Fundamental In Westwood

A sharp-eyed reader (Thanks Adrian!) wrote to tell me about something taking over the papered-over former home of wine bar and event specialist Fundamental at 1303 Westwood Blvd.  There’s a small, hand-written note on the front door naming the new establishment as The French Way.  I can’t seem to find out much information on this new eatery, but the note on the door confirms that it will be a restaurant, and they are shooting for a June 15th opening.

99 Ranch Market About To Bless The Westside…

As a Westsider, a couple of times a year I get in the car and drive up the 405 to Van Nuys for a pilgrimage to the 99 Ranch Market (also known as Tawa Supermarket).  They carry a comprehensive selection of Asian groceries, and are most likely to stock hard-to-source ingredients like stinky tofu or broad bean paste.  I’ll return home with piles of Makrut lime leaves, rau ram, fried tofu, a plant for the garden, and just possibly durian.  (Although I do thoroughly recommend a local gem: Ma’am’s International Foods in Santa Monica whose much smaller, concise selection is accompanied by the BEST service anywhere.)  Well that trip up the 405 may no longer be necessary.  It appears we are about to be blessed with our own Westside branch of the chain.  There are tiny window notices up at the former site of the Ross Dress for Less at 1364 Westwood Blvd. in Westwood announcing an upcoming location.  Read more about the company and its vision here.  Very exciting news…

Kung Fu Tea, TKK Fried Chicken Bringing NY/Taiwan Flavors To Westwood Village

A reader (Thanks Jeremy!) noticed a banner hanging over the front of the space that used to be home to D’Amore’s Pizza at 1136 Westwood Blvd.  The banner announces a collab between Kung Fu Tea and TKK Fried Chicken.   Kung Fu Tea originated in Queens NY and is the self-proclaimed largest bubble tea brand in America.   TKK Fried Chicken began life in Taipei in 1974 and promises to have us say, “Cluck yeah”.

Uranus 27 Fresh Boba Tea Now Open In Westwood

The space at 10912 Le Conte Ave. in Westwood Village has had a number of tea shops as residents over the years.  A plucky new contender is giving the location a go.  Uranus 27 Fresh Boba Tea recently opened and is now dishing their proprietary traditional tea, milk tea, smoothies, and slushes.  Uranus has other locations in Upland and Glendora as well.

Wildbird Landing In Westwood Village

It appears a new purveyor of poultry is coming at 10917 Lindbrook Dr. in Westwood Village, previously home to Think Halal Grill.  Window paper is up on the space announcing that a second branch of Hollywood’s Wildbird is settling in.  Wildbird prides itself on offering chicken that is “antibiotic free, hunanely raised, [and] free-range… from local farmers we trust like Jidori”.  The birds are marinated overnight in a “citrus-herb blend of spices”, then seared, and finally slow-roasted and served with a variety of sides and salsas.

Alligot Sandwich Coming To Westwood

Looks like there’s a new sandwich spot coming to 1049 Gayley in Westwood Village, formerly home to Kaido.  Window paper is announcing the arrival of Alligot Sandwich.  A cursory search turns up recipes for pommes aligot (French mashed potato with cheese) and alligator sandwiches (apparently a thing in Louisiana), but nothing on Alligot Sandwich.  If you have more information, pass it along…

Primo’s Donuts Has Your Rams Donuts…

I know people are scrambling to get their hands on Rams-themed treats as the football team charges toward The Super Bowl.  Thankfully the good people at Primo’s Donuts wrote to tell me they are offering “blue and gold LA-themed, limited edition donuts shaped like a football” this weekend and next, (Friday through Sunday) until February 13th.  Primo’s is at 2918 Sawtelle Blvd, and in Westwood at 10948 Weyburn Avenue.  I would advise getting there early…

(Photo: Bel Air Branding)

Dun Huang Done In Westwood?

It caused quite a stir when I reported that LA was to get a branch of New York’s Dun Huang at 1081 Gayley in Westwood.  Dun Huang specializes in Northwest Chinese food and was known for their impressive noodles.  But now there’s a ‘spaces available’ sign hanging on the front and a look through he paper on the front door reveals that interior is gutted and hasn’t been touched in a long time.  Does this mean after all that effort, they are done?  I’ll keep watching…

Kaido Closes In Westwood

Kaido Japanese Cuisine has had a difficult time of it.  They were forced to relocate to 1049 Gayley in Westwood when their original location in a strip mall in Santa Monica was cleared to make room for another big development.  And now, sadly, it appears they are done at their current location.  There’s a large “available” sign on the front announcing the news.

Hibachi Papi Quietly Slips Into Pieology’s Old Location In Westwood

Pieology Pizzeria ceased operations at 920 Broxton in Westwood Village back in 2018.  The space has sat vacant ever since but that recently changed.  Operating as a food truck in DTLA, Hibachi Papi recently opened a brick-and-mortar at this address.  Look for a menu of bowls, plates, and fried rice all prepared with their signature “modern, up-scale Hibachi style”.

Kitchen United Mix Adding A Second Location In Santa Monica

When NY-style coal-fired pizza joint Grimaldi’s closed in El Segundo, it was reported that they were moving to a Santa Monica takeaway operation in the office complex at 2501 Colorado.  What wasn’t reported was that the new location will be inside yet another outpost of rapidly expanding ghost kitchen/food hall Kitchen United Mix, making this Santa Monica’s second branch.  Currently at address there is an erstwhile Daily Grill and, more suitably, a cafeteria called Colorado Kitchen.  Both Santa Monica locations of Kitchen United were shooting for an October opening, but as it stands, little work has been done at either.  Nearby Westwood is also getting a branch as well.

Kitchen United MIX Replacing The Gallery In Santa Monica

The Gallery, at 1325 Third St. Promenade, managed to survive the Pandemic lock downs but mysteriously closed a while ago, prompting readers to pepper me with questions about its status.  The Gallery had gone through a major redo not that long ago and was home to such eateries as Voltaggio STRFSH, Paperboy Pizza, Dialoque, and others.  Then it went dark.  But now we know what’s coming…   There’s a notice up on the front that names the new eating hall as Kitchen United MIX.  And what is that?  It appears to be a chain of food halls that describes itself as, “the nation’s first ‘Multi-Restaurant Ordering’ to-go experience” that “allows foodie fans who love variety to order meals from 10+ restaurants, all on the same bill.”  Kitchen United MIX has a few locations across the US and are planning on a major expansion.  There are upcoming locations on the books for Westwood and Torrance as well.  This location is aiming for an October opening. 

Primo’s Donuts Opens This Saturday In Westwood

It was only back in April of last year when I told you about the devastating closure of local landmark Stan’s Donuts at 10948 Weyburn in Westwood.  But all is not lost.  Another longstanding legend, Primo’s Donuts, has taken over the space.  Primo’s has been an LA institution on Sawtelle for over 60 years. This week the good people of Primo’s reached out to me to let me know that they will be throwing open their doors this Saturday, September 18th, and from 12pm to 1pm they will be handing out free “buttermilk bites”.  Look for a menu of “espresso-based beverages and ice-cream donut sandwiches”, as well as well as classic raised donuts, and vegan and gluten-free options in a fresh, fully remodeled space.  We wish them the best of luck.

(Photo: Michael Mallory)

Sweetgreen Slinging Salads In Westwood Soon…

There’s new window paper up at 10922 Kinross Ave. (corner of Gayley) in Westwood Village announcing a new eatery.  I believe this was previously the home of Headlines Diner & Grill before it moved to Westwood Blvd., but I’m not sure… correct me if I’m wrong.  At any rate, this corner space will soon a new branch of the popular purveyor of salads and bowls Sweetgreen.

Bluestone Lane Bringing Flat Whites To Westwood

A sharp-eyed reader (Thanks Ely!) let me know that a new coffee shop is landing in Westwood.  Window paper is announcing that expanding Australian coffee chain Bluestone Lane is moving into the former home of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at 950 Westwood Blvd. (corner of Weyburn).  And check out their offer for free coffee everyday during opening week by scanning the code in the window (or in my photo below)…

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.