Biz Buzz November News Roundup

Posted November 5, 2015 by Joe Piasecki in Columns
Coming Soon

The Rose Café, which closed for remodeling and a concept reboot in February, is expected to reopen any day now. A fixture in the heart of Venice since 1979, The Rose reopens with expanding meal offerings through a partnership with Bill Chait’s Sprout L.A. restaurant group. Original owners Manhar Patel and Kamal Kapur are still with the restaurant, but this time joined by former Superba Food + Bread chef Jason Neroni.

New York-based frozen treat company Tasti D-Lite and Arizona-based Planet Smoothie are opening a joint Tasti/Planet location at noon on Friday, Nov. 7, at 526 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica, complete with free soft-serve and other giveaways to early arrivals. (310) 857-6030;;


Yoga Bliss opened in October at 6218 W. Manchester Ave. in Westchester. The studio offers both heated Vinyasa yoga classes as well as non-heated restorative yoga sessions. As an opening special, November classes cost just $10. (424) 442-0647;

Hopdoddy Burger Bar and a Wells Fargo bank branch opened last month inside the Runway at Playa Vista retail and entertainment complex at 12476 Jefferson Blvd., Playa Vista. Hopdoddy: (310) 410-2337; Wells Fargo: (310) 439-5855;

Border Grill rolled out on Nov. 2 as the second concept of the rotating L.A. Gourmet Street Truck attraction stationed at LAX Terminal 4. “The focus of many our new concessions has been to put the L.A. back into LAX by showcasing the very best of L.A.’s diverse cuisine, culture and lifestyle,” says Los Angeles World Airports Executive Director Deborah Flint. The L.A. Gourmet Street Truck is designed to rotate some of the most popular L.A. street vendor offerings and launched earlier this year with Roy Choi’s Kogi BBQ.

The Malin+Goetz skincare and apothecary product line has opened up a new shop at 1123 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. (424) 268-8958;

Milestones & Awards

Santa Monica-based Cut+Run has been nominated for a Shots Award for Editing House of the Year. The awards celebrate the best creative and advertising work across the globe, and Cut+Run editors Sam Ostrove and Steve Gandolfi have each been nominated for Editor of the Year. (310) 909-88801;

Dr. Grant Stevens, founder and medical director of Marina Plastic Surgery Associates, has been named the Top Aesthetic Doctor by Aesthetic Everything, the world’s largest network of aesthetic professionals and beauty brands. Stevens was also voted Best Cosmetic Surgeon and Marina Plastic Associates was voted Best Cosmetic Surgery Center in The Argonaut’s 2015 Best of the Westside readers’ poll. (310) 827-2653;

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica will honor entrepreneur Jim Jonassen for his service to the club during its 40th annual Great Futures Gala at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 361-8500;

Chamber Events

Tuesday, Nov. 17: The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce hosts a “Struggle Breakfast,” meant to give participants strength to push through difficult business challenges and the busy workweek, from 8:45 to 10 a.m. at The Coffee Co., 8751 La Tijera Blvd., Westchester. Pay only for what you order. (424) 290-8745;

Thursday, Nov. 19: The Venice Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Venice Art Crawl planning mixer from 6 to 9 p.m. at the gallery, 480 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey. $10. (310) 822-5425;

Tuesday, Nov. 24: A speed networking session sponsored by the Santa Monica Chamber of Conference begins at 6 p.m. at Arthur Murray Santa Monica, 928 Broadway, Santa Monica. Dance lessons and light snacks provided. $25 or $10 for members. (310) 393-9825;


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