While checking out a media preview for Brian Malarkey's forthcoming (and delayed until at least January 7) Herringbone inside the Mondrian earlier this week, Eater caught up with the restaurant's designer Thomas Schoos, who confirmed that he will be working on two new projects once Herringbone is complete: Beach Nation in West Hollywood and Red O in Santa Monica.
First will be a Schoos-owned coffee shop called Beach Nation destined for the corner of Sweetzer and Santa Monica. And yes, this is the infamous replacement for the sadly shuttered (and relocated) Irv's Burgers. Schoos is looking to create a beach motif "with sand pits and palm tree that will open by March." Though the focus is on caffeinated beverages the eatery will also proffer light bites including "a damn good burger."
Red O has long been rumored to be launching in Santa Monica, years ago Eater heard that the modern Mexican restaurant would replace Ma'Kai on Ocean and Broadway. And don't forget about those business cards, too. Anyway, on the heels of Red O debuting at Fashion Island in Orange County, Schoos revealed that he is "designing a space for a third location on the West Side in Santa Monica — though this is about six to seven months out."
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