Granita in Malibu - any good substitutes?
I miss Granita in Malibu. Loved the food, decor and the service. Anyone have any suggestions for a replacment place?
Some of the usual suspects would be Chaya Brasserie in WeHo or Chaya Venice in it's namesake community or Campanile might be a substitute. Have you been to Jiraffe or Josie in Santa Monica? Finally someplace like Joe's for the casual Granita like vibe could be a possibility.
I also really enjoyed Granita. Loved the aqua and river rocks decor, and the tables against the windows inside or out on the patio -- once inside, the furthest thing from a shopping center restaurant. Had some memorable meals there, and remember the Chino Farms chopped vegetable salad and a wonderful risotto. I don't recall the reason it closed -- doubt it was for lack of customers. Do I have a vague recollection that they were facing a huge rent increase? Has anything else taken over the space?
There's a new place in Malibu--Terra, I think. In the space where Lino's was....Giorgio's way before that. I hear good things.
Granita had very good food, but just never won the locals over. I used to live out there, and the places that really do well year round learn to cater to the somewhat diverse Malibu residents.
I know someone who invested in Granita, and I'm told it was always in the red.