Board & Brush Bringing “Wine And Paint Nights” To Santa Monica

I’m not sure this qualifies as restaurant news, but…  I recently spotted an ABC application affixed to the front of an old vacuum cleaner shop at 2924 Wilshire Blvd. announcing an upcoming branch of national chain Board & Brush Creative Studio.  Self-described “DIY wood sign workshop” Board & Brush specializes in drinking, socializing with friends, and creating wooden signs.  Hmmm…

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Little Highness Bao Closed In Beverly Hills…

A big available sign in the window of 9667 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills lets us know that after a valiant effort, Little Highness Bao is done dishing dumplings.  Sadly, this  stretch of The Golden Triangle is a historically challenging one for restaurants.  I’ll keep watching to see what develops…

 

 

Kanpai Japanese Sushi Bar & Grill Expanding To Santa Monica

Remember back in May when a reader sent me to the empty space at 2212 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica to check out an recently posted ABC application?  At the time, I couldn’t find out much information on the business listed as “Miracle Scoops”.  But a small now hiring notice taped to the front door spills the beans.  It appears that this location will be a branch of expanding minichain Kanpai Japanese Sushi Bar and Grill.

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Jimmy John’s Replacing Subway On Wilshire In Santa Monica

It seems like you can’t swing a dead cat in Santa Monica without hitting a branch of ubiquitous sandwich chain Subway.  That’s why it’s surprising the one located at 3023 Wilshire Blvd. closed down.  And the replacement?  Competitor Jimmy John’s is about to give Santa Monica its first branch.

 

 

What’s Going On At Biobar In Brentwood?

So what’s the deal with the diminutive Biobar space at 11966 Wilshire in Brentwood?  They haven’t opened in a while, recently the windows have been blacked out with blinds, and they are not answering their phone.  For all intents and purposes, they appear closed even though they’ve left no clues.  But a peek through the blinds (No, I’m not above such things) reveals a beehive of activity.  Something is happening at Biobar, I just can’t figure out what.  Let me know if you have more information…

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Musha Closes In Downtown Santa Monica

I recently noticed that long-standing local fave Japanese bolthole Musha Tokyo Cuisine has quit its Downtown Santa Monica location at 424 Wilshire Blvd.  The windows are covered over and the restaurant appears to be undergoing renovation.  I originally wondered if they were remodeling since there is no for lease sign on the front.  But Yelp is reporting them closed and their website isn’t functioning, so I’m assuming the worst.  Let me know if you have any information, but I’ll keep watching…