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Buddha's Belly in Santa Monica Finds Freedom in The Independence

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After years of settling into Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade, Buddha's Belly converts into a modern tavern concept.

Outside Buddha's Belly Santa Monica
Outside Buddha's Belly Santa Monica

It seems that even a near perfect location right on Third Street Promenade isn't enough to save a tired brand like Buddha's Belly from finding the ax. Toddrickallen reports that the longtime quasi-Asian eatery is turning into The Independence, which purports to be a modern tavern concept on its splashpage website. Apparently things will turn around quickly, with an opening scheduled in the next few months. No other word on who's behind the operation.

Splashpage Independence