Compiled by Michael Aushenker

Orangetheory Fitness is now open in Santa Monica

Orangetheory Fitness is now open in Santa Monica

On the move

Following social media company Snapchat’s acquisition of several buildings on Abbot Kinney and Venice boulevards, Turning Point Pilates — voted Best of the Westside two years in a row by Argonaut readers — has relocated to 337 Washington Blvd. in Marina del Rey, near the Venice canals. Several other small businesses have also been forced to close or move to make way for Snapchat’s rapid expansion. (310) 217-7630


Orangetheory Fitness held its ribbon-cutting ceremony last Thursday. The Santa Monica fitness studio, located at 1431 2nd St., specializes in an energizing, one-hour group interval fitness program. (310) 694-5656;

The Denny’s restaurant at 5535 W. Century Blvd. in Westchester celebrated completion of a remodel last Friday with weekend Grand Slam breakfast discounts, a spinning wheel for free goodies, clowns and face painting and a pancake cutting hosted by the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce. Coming soon: the grand opening of the location’s new bar, complete with pool table, dart board and music. (310) 410-1712;

A new Kabbalah Centre led by Eliyahu and Debbie Jian opened this week at 1221 2nd St., Ste. 100, in Santa Monica. (424) 332-5350;

Ziggy’s Barber Salon, the Los Angeles extension of the Australian unisex barber shop, opened recently at 4130 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. (310) 876-0912;

Full-service investment firm Charles Schwab recently opened a new branch at 826 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica. It’s managed by Doug Wilson, a Westwood resident who also manages the Century City branch. (310) 712-3850;


Casa Linda Mexican Grill, which six years ago replaced cheap grub hotspot Tortilla Grill at 1357 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice, announced on March 25 that the restaurant will be vacating the space in May. The owners intend to relocate elsewhere in Venice, but no word yet on where or when. (310) 664-1177;

 Coming soon

Ingo’s Tasty Diner, a new farm-to-table restaurant, opens this week at 1213 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica. Executive Chef Shaun Werth’s American comfort food menu includes patty melts cooked with grass-fed beef, spaghetti and meatballs with house-made pasta created from organic eggs, rotisserie free-range chicken and vegetarian chili. According to LA Weekly, Werth cut his teeth at Misfit in Santa Monica, which is owned by Ingo’s Tasty Diner parent company LGO Hospitality. (310) 395-4646;

PK Wellness opens with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on April 21 at 2110 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Residence Inn at LAX takes place at 4 p.m. on April 28 at 5933 W. Century Blvd., Westchester.

Also arriving in late April: a Hawaiian poke’ restaurant by Alan Nathan and Dakota Weiss (executive chef of the W Hotel in Los Angeles and a “Top Chef” alum) called Sweetfin, to be located at 829 Broadway in Santa Monica.

After much delay — the store had been slated to open early in January — Sumter and Chi-Lin Pendergrast and chef Brooke Desprez now expect to bring their Costa Mesa-based Sidecar Doughnuts to the corner of 7th Street and Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica by late May.

Brian Dunsmoor, Jonathan Strader and Louie and Netty Ryan plan to open Hatchet Hall on May 1 at 12517 Washington Boulevard in Culver City — the former home of Waterloo and City.

Cassia, Bryant Ng’s follow-up (with partners Joe Nathan and Joseph Loeb) to the shuttered Spice Table in downtown L.A., opens at 7th Street and Arizona Avenue in June, along with Katherine Weil’s adjacent wine bar Esters.

 Upcoming  events

Tonight: The Venice Chamber of Commerce’s monthly happy hour happens from 6 to 8 p.m. at Locali Conscious Convenience, 701 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-5425;

April 14: Tech Talk Tuesday, 11:45 a.m. Guest speaker Sherman Crancer anchors Tech Talk Tuesday at 11:45 a.m., discussing email and network marketing at Real Office Center (ROC), 604 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica.

April 16: The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, the City of Santa Monica, and Sustainable Works host the Sustainable Quality Awards Luncheon Ceremony to honor local businesses that have incorporated ecologically sustainable business practices. The event starts at 11 a.m. at Le Meridien Delfina Hotel, 530 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 393-9825;

April 22: The Venice Chamber hosts its monthly mixer from 6 to 8 p.m. at 1611 Electric Ave., Venice.

(310) 822-5425;