Which new businesses are coming to Santa Monica Blvd.?

8601 SANTA MONICA BLVD. — EL POLLO LOCO

El Pollo Loco is moving toward an opening later this summer. The hopes are for a pre-Labor Day opening.

8612 SANTA MONICA BLVD. — JOHN REED FITNESS

Meanwhile across the street, John Reed Fitness has been hit with delays from City Hall that have pushed their opening date out to the end of the year.

8811 SANTA MONICA BLVD. — FANTOM FLOWER

Fantom Flower at the former Flaming Saddles is moving along. A public hearing has been set for 5 p.m Aug. 9 for “alcohol service” on the main floor. Construction crews tell me they are still a year away from their opening date.

8735 SANTA MONICA BLVD. — CRISPY PORK GANG THAI

Crispy Pork Gang Thai, located at the old Coffee Bean, has pulled out of their lease. A note on the door shows that the possession is in the landlord’s hands. That happens when a tenant does not pay the rent and a contract is in limbo.

8737 SANTA MONICA BLVD. — DOLLY SHINE

Right next door at the former Gym Bar, a new gay bar, possibly called Dolly Shine, is on the verge of opening. Red tape reportedly delayed its opening earlier this summer.

And that’s all folks!

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Joshua88
Joshua88
23 days ago

I like this column.
Good to know the ups/down & ins/outs.
Too bad we have a chain restaurant coming.
That is not a good look for WeHo.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
23 days ago
Reply to  Joshua88

I disagree. Subway was a chain on that block and they are vacating. It’s a net 0

And people were complaining how there weren’t enough “affordable” eateries anymore. This is a great option for affordable meals.

Last edited 23 days ago by greeneyedguy
Chain Eateries Bad
Chain Eateries Bad
22 days ago
Reply to  Joshua88

Chain eateries may seem good for your wallet but progressively bad for your health.

Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
23 days ago

What are City Hall’s problems with John Reed Fitness? If I recall correctly they had planned on a June opening.

Matthew Flanagan
Matthew Flanagan
23 days ago

Excited for everything but the weed shop.

WeHo Resident
WeHo Resident
24 days ago

Ugh, El Pollo Loco, really? Can we please not ruin SMB. 🙁

Joe Bologna
Joe Bologna
24 days ago

WeHo had kept the chain fast food places out of the city for the longest time. Because they’re just not as good or decent as the individual spots we had, like Hamburger Haven. Some of these places are already ruining the whole upscale look that West Hollywood once had. Now it’s cheap plastic flowers and weird colors and just doesn’t even look like West Hollywood anymore. If I could really have it my way, I’d have Hamburger Haven return. And Tacos Tacos! And French Market too. Oh, and WeHo Lounge. Tango Grill, and Koo Koo Roo aja “Circuit Chicken,” as… Read more »

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
24 days ago

Recent additions in the past few months to SMB:

Tail O’ the Pup
Junior Cookies
Irv’s Burgers
RioZonas Acai bowls
OPVS Fitness gym

Coming soon:

Bora Sushi (8729 Santa Monica Blvd)
Or Bar (8228 Santa Monica Blvd)

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
23 days ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

Ah I forgot Zarape Cocina & Cantina (upscale Mexican food)

Lost Main Street
Lost Main Street
24 days ago

It is my understanding that there is a National Grant for enriching Main Streets in the US affecting historic or potentially historic buildings and businesses. Given that Santa Monica Blvd. is Historic Route 66, it is surprising that West Hollywood has not availed itself of the opportunity.

Joshua88
Joshua88
23 days ago

I would presume somebody at City Hall knows this, but you could easily send an email.

Lost Main Street
Lost Main Street
22 days ago
Reply to  Joshua88

Did that long ago. No interest.

JF1
JF1
24 days ago

Nothing exciting. Pot and booze. More of the same. We no longer have a diverse main drag.

Lost Main Street
Lost Main Street
24 days ago
Reply to  JF1

So where is the Chamber of Commerce regarding diversity and stability?

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
24 days ago
Reply to  JF1

So you’re totally ignoring the affordable chicken restaurant and gym?

What types of businesses would you like to see?

Glenn
Glenn
24 days ago
Reply to  JF1

numbers one and five are food. Two is fitness.
And, it is an entertainment area (one big stretch of it) after all.

C.R.
C.R.
24 days ago
Reply to  JF1

Pot and booze generate brick and mortar location revenue. Old, outdated and obsolete businesses are history because they no longer do.

Tom Smart
Tom Smart
24 days ago

I have to say, it’s nothing exciting I’m afraid. 🥴

Glenn
Glenn
24 days ago

Any news on Or Bar? A sign in the window says “Now Hiring”.
Any change in the status of Revolver changing hands to Flaming Saddles?

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
24 days ago
Reply to  Glenn

Follow them on social media- I think they are aiming for a late summer/fall opening.

https://www.instagram.com/theorbar/

C.R.
C.R.
24 days ago
Reply to  Glenn

Bar openings always take months, if not years longer than projected due to regulation related delays. It’s always been that way in California, probably always will be.

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