This is the day of duplication. Three restaurants will open second outposts far from the originals, and we like that kind of ego. See some Ply in the 'hood? We're all ears.
WEST LA: It's good to know our deductive reasoning is still intact. In July we speculated that Mamash on Pico was going to be a kosher sushi spot, but it was a total hunch. Now confirmed. Co-owner Brett Miller (not the one from San Diego, so we're 2-1) told us that Mamash is kosher sushi and fusion cuisine. Miller, also a partner at Tengu Santa Monica, is joined by Marvin Markowitz, who owns Factors Deli, and Warren Bregman, who helped with the design. As far as design goes, Miller says: "Our concept is earth, wind and fire?hence the beginning of time, the creation of life, and the creation of Mamash." Um...OK. The restaurant should open mid-October. [EaterWire]
SANTA MONICA: We get regular emails asking about the new Monsieur Marcel on the Third Street Promenade, which has been under construction for.ev.er. Guillame, the wine buyer at the original Farmers Market location, told us that the new one will have more small plates than entrees ("It's a much smaller kitchen."), 40 to 50 wines by the glass, a more modern look, and tables outside. He thinks it should finally open in October, mid to late. [EaterWire]
SANTA MONICA: Nearby, a new outpost of Buddha's Belly will open at the corner of Broadway and 2nd Street. No, the original is not closing. Yes, the new one will have a full liquor license. The tentative opening date is October sometime, but you know how it goes. [EaterWire]
CULVER CITY: A note hit our inbox yesterday: "Chaya is opening a microbiotic (sp?) in downtown Culver City next to Pacifico restaurant on Culver Blvd." Ok, that would be macrobiotic, M Café de Chaya and it's entirely true. The café should open early next year. [EaterWire Inbox]