Baja Fresh Disappears From Santa Monica

Well I didn’t see this coming…  It appears that Santa Monica’s ever-popular branch of burrito specialist Baja Fresh has quietly disappeared from their anchor position on the corner of Wilshire and Lincoln in Santa Monica.  Not sure what happened, but I’ll keep watching to see what develops.



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…



Gramercy Takes Over Tacoteca In Santa Monica

Popular chill Mexican joint Tacoteca unceremoniously closed a bit ago at 2460 Wilshire Blvd.  Recently a window sign went up on the space informing us that a new bar called Gramercy is moving in.  I can’t find much information on Gramercy.  The Yelp page for Tacoteca lists it as “temporarily closed” with a scheduled opening date of June 9th, so I don’t know if this is owned by the same people or not.  Let me know if you have any more information…


“Miracle Scoops” Coming To Santa Monica?

On a tip from a reader (Thanks Lola!), I went by 2210 Wilshire Blvd. to check out what was going on in the space that used to house children’s boutique Giggle.  The location is completely gutted, but there’s an ABC application pasted to the front.  The application lists the applicant as Miracle Scoops Corporation.  I’ve searched the internet but there’s little information out there on Miracle Scoops, or the names listed on the application.  The business name line on the application is left blank, so I can assume the name of the new eatery will be something other than Miracle Scoops, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see…




Erewhon Opens April 11 In Santa Monica

I first noticed that natural foods grocer Erewhon was coming to Santa Monica late last year.  After extensive construction, it appears they are about to open.  According to the notices pasted on the front, the bright shiny new Erewhon officially opens at 9am on April 11th at 2800 Wilshire Blvd., and features a “beautiful patio, terraced courtyard, and a street-level view of Erewhon’s open kitchen”.


Bluestone Lane Coffee Shop Bringing Flat Whites To Santa Monica

Apparently almost over night, a new coffee shop has landed in the old space of the disappeared chain Juice Served Here.  With locations on both coasts, and 2 other locations in the LA area, Bluestone Lane is now up and running at 631 Wilshire Blvd.  Besides coffee and tea, the Australian coffee shop offers a menu of cold-pressed juices, “grab and go items”, oatmeal, and open-faced toasts including, you guessed it, avocado toast.


Del Taco Opens In Santa Monica… You’re Welcome

Every once in a while, I’m caught off guard by the amount of attention that a post gets.  Perhaps its due to the relative lack of fast food options on Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica, but ever since I first wrote to tell you about the construction of a Del Taco in an old Jack In The Box location, a great many of you have been checking for updates.  So you’ll be pleased to know that Del Taco has opened in its shiny new space at 2423 Wilshire.