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Seems Like Nobody Wants Brilliantshine's Former Digs in Santa Monica

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Not even with a price reduction?

The former Brilliantshine in Santa Monica
The former Brilliantshine in Santa Monica
Elizabeth Daniels
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

It’s a sad state of affairs over at 522 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica, the former home of wonderful bar Brilliantshine. The cocktail-focused hotspot couldn’t manage to survive the year, the victim of a partner split that absolutely decimated the place.

Now the bar/restaurant location is back on the market, courtesy of Alfred Realty, and with a big ol’ price reduction because apparently they can’t even beg the place off on somebody at this point.

For a while, there was talk of a rebrand that would turn Brilliantshine into a divey sort of spot, but that didn’t pan out. Then it seemed that a no-frills white tarpaulin sign over the entrance meant a newcomer would be taking over — one Wooded Hollow bar, complete with chicken quesadillas and mac & cheese balls z— but even that has failed to really materialize. And so for now, there's nothing.

It’s a sad, sad end for what was momentarily one of Santa Monica’s most exciting cocktail programs. But for anyone in the mood to take on an indoor/outdoor spot with a full 47 license and a troubled past, it could turn into a win. Asking price is now $350K for the nearly 2,700 square foot spot (not including the big patio), with a 6.5 year lease and monthly rent of almost $14,500.

Oh, and it’s available now.