Santa Monica restaurant scene November 11, 2021
By Dolores Quintana and Sam Catanzaro
The high-end butcher shop McCall’s Meat and Fish Co. in Los Feliz has new owners and will open a new location in Santa Monica in 2022. As reported by What Now Los Angeles, the new owners of the company are David and Michelle Sarraf, but Olin Schneider will keep the company as head butcher. The new location opens at 1426 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica.
The PF Changs in Santa Monica on the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and 4th Street appears to be closed for good. The building that housed the restaurant, which closed at the beginning of the pandemic, now has a lease sign on the window. A listing for the 6,495 square foot space at 326 Wilshire Boulevard has a listing fee of $ 5.75 per square meter per month, or about $ 37.46 per month.
Breadblok, the French gluten-free bakery from Santa Monica, is expanding into several new locations. The first is in the Silverlake area, near Pine and Crane, on Griffith Park Boulevard, as reported by Eater Los Angeles. Chloé and Céline Charlier, the sisters who own and run the bakery, will also expand on the Westside when they open two new locations in Venice and Beverly Hills in 2022. Her Instagram page credits her grandparents with the entire concept of Breadblok, by emphasizing the importance of an organic and holistic lifestyle.
Chef Alvin Cailan is the new head chef and face of Umami Burger, the gourmet burger restaurant chain. This collaboration was put together by C3 (Creating Culinary Communities), a global food and beverage technology platform founded by Sam Nazarian. Cailan is an innovative Filipino-American and respected chef who started the acclaimed Eggslut, the food truck that became a mainstay of the Grand Central Market, the Unit 120 pop-up, which is a test kitchen and incubator for new talent and new potential restaurant concepts That was, among other things, the starting signal for the ever popular Howlin Ray’s Restaurant. He also founded Amboy Quality Meats and Burgers, a “always in line” burger joint in Chinatown, and has hosted the Complex Network’s First We Feast and Burger Show for three years. Cailin will use the C3’s culinary talent to develop a new menu for Umami Burger, utilizing all of his knowledge of burgers from across the US on his travels as host of the show.
Chef Cailan said, “Son of the Los Angeles cultural mosaic, I’m excited to take a fan favorite, Umami Burger, and bring out the fifth flavor by incorporating flavors from Filipino influences to classic American styles and such fresh new interpretation that the whole world can appreciate. “