Sprouts & Shutters: Flower Shop Fights Starbucks, Pavilions, Renee's Courtyard Cafe

Here's the latest roundup of retail, restaurant and other business news and happenings in L.A.'s Westside neighborhoods.

Wondering what new businesses are moving into your neighborhood, and which are saying farewell? Our Sprouts & Shutters column highlights the latest restaurant, retail and other business news in L.A.'s Westside neighborhoods. If you've noticed any other new businesses moving into your neighborhood or businesses closing up shop, leave a comment at the bottom of this article and we'll check it out.


, recently replaced Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing at on Abbot Kinney in Venice. The restaurant, named after the owner Brad Johnson’s Southern grandmother, features such dishes as California quail with cornmeal dumplings and greens for $13 and sweet tea-brined pork chop with wilted greens and date mostarda for $23. 

Dutch clothing boutique Scotch & Soda has begun remodeling the storefront on Abbot Kinney that furniture store Plantation previously occupied. The Amsterdam-based fashion brand currently has ten locations in the U.S., and the Abbot Kinney store would be the first in Southern California.

Men's and women's clothing line Velvet by Graham & Spencer plans to open its first Los Angeles retail store at 26th and San Vicente in Brentwood by the end of April to early May. Branam said the overall feel of the approximately 1,500-square-foot brick and mortar space at will be that of an open airy loft, with polished cement flooring will lend an industrial vibe to the clean and simple space.


For the first time in almost 65 years, a flower shop could cease to occupy the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and 11th Street in Santa Monica. Saeed Maoyedi is the owner of Farrah's Florist and he is in the middle of a campaign to prevent Starbucks from replacing his business, which he said has rented the space for nearly 25 years.

The Pavilions on Wilshire Boulevard and Stoner Avenue in West Los Angeles has gone out of business. It closed just about a month after Albertsons—located a few blocks west on Wilshire at Franklin Street—lost its lease to Bristol Farms.

Renee's Courtyard Cafe, the beloved dive on Wilshire Boulevard and Fourth Street in Santa Monica, will close after last call Sunday morning. It will reemerge next month as TINGA an expansion of the sleek Mexican joint on La Brea. TINGA's chef and owner Chris Barker purchased Renee's from its namesake, Renee Forest, and has kept it running with few changes since early February.

Planet Raw—where the pricey menu was organic, gluten-free, and obviously raw—has vacated the corner of Broadway and Sixth Street in Santa Monica after 13 years. Chef Juliano Brotman told Patch Planet Raw will reopen in about two weeks on Lincoln and Washington boulevards in Marina del Rey. Expect a second location in Hollywood "in the near future," he said.

The Brentwood Village Market & Wine Shop at 11725 Barrington Court is holding a liquidation sale until March 31 and then closing its doors, according to its owner, who says he's losing his lease after receiving a notice of a rent increase.

Have you seen an opening or closing of a restaurant or shop in your community? Let us know in the comments!

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Linda Lindsay March 23, 2013 at 06:27 PM
So sad that Marina Farms on Centinela (close to Jefferson Blvd.) has closed!! Did they lose their lease?
Dan Charney March 23, 2013 at 08:56 PM
No doubt- most indie owned businesses - especially anything in the path of the train is doomed no doubt
Mandy March 24, 2013 at 03:35 PM
Super sad that The Shack on Wilshire & 26th will be closing June 1.
Aidan March 26, 2013 at 04:05 AM
Nothing is being closed because of the train. The land that the tracks are using was never built up. It has only been used for parking lots. The train right-of-way, which has existed for a very, very long time, has remained, just waiting for a train to run on it again.
Brenda Barnes March 27, 2013 at 11:43 PM
It is not true, Aidan, that nothing is being closed because of the train. Three or four businesses at 17th and Colorado closed or moved because of the train. The City took two lots there by eminent domain, which they never mentioned again, hoping everyone would forget. Then over at Bergamot Station, where the City owned 20 acres, they evicted little art galleries and are now building big mixed-use buildings with rents too high for those businesses. How soon people forget that the entire area had low rents! Even at 4th and 5th and Colorado, there were low rents, including a mobile home park where people owned their own homes and had low space rents covered by rent control, until the City took the land, made an unlawful deal with the Rent Control Board, and made the land into a spaceship looking building to hide the homeless in, a bus parking lot, and a highrise low-income housing building where I hear you cannot open the windows b/c of noise and exhaust fumes from the buses, but if you keep the windows closed, you need A/C tenants cannot afford to pay for. All with rents higher than used to be there. Lately the train also was used as the excuse to raze a relatively low-rent office building at 5th and Colorado, to be replaced with one with higher rents. This is what gentrification--pushing out the poor, elderly, women, families with children, and minorities from the only places in town they could ever afford, once the rich want those, too--looks like.


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