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wooster May 21, 2009 09:48 AM

Does anyone have any intel on what is happening on the stretch of Ocean Park between 16th and 17th in Santa Monica? They consolidated three spaces and have been working on a restaurant for months. Today i noticed that they took down the scaffolding and revealed the new facade. Seems close to finished and perhaps ready to open within a few months. I was told it was going to be a market/cafe/bakery/deli concept a la Joan's on 3rd, but that is unconfirmed. Regardless, we need good spots in the neighborhood and my hopes are up.

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  1. Servorg RE: wooster May 21, 2009 10:10 AM

    So they are taking over the spot where Slice was that had the little patio out back? (plus the other spaces you mention)

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      wooster RE: Servorg May 21, 2009 10:59 AM

      Slice is still there, but the Talking Stick coffee shop is gone. This is next to Slice.

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        Servorg RE: wooster May 21, 2009 11:18 AM

        Got it. I ride by there on my bike at least twice a week so I'll have to stop by and take a look. Hopefully (and it sounds like it will be) a great new neighborhood asset. Thanks for the heads up.

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          brookewb RE: Servorg May 21, 2009 11:28 AM

          i drove by and saw the new facade today as well....do let us know what you find out!

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            Servorg RE: brookewb May 22, 2009 09:23 AM

            Stopped by at 3:30 AM this morning (actually went by Bob's Market and then remembered so I turned around and went back). Stopped in front and shined my very bright bike headlights at the covered windows. Couldn't see a damn thing. Rode around in the alley and they have the entire back parking lot fenced off and are doing major construction out there too. So no joy for info gathering this morning. If I ever go by in the daylight and see construction workers will try and stick my head in and see what I can see.

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              wooster RE: Servorg May 22, 2009 12:36 PM

              I walking inside it this morning. Got about 15 feet in before getting kicked out, but it looked pretty nice. Very clean, white walls, nice cabinetry. It's definitely divided into three sections and will be completely different from anything else on that street. They parking lot is still slightly torn up from working with new utility lines, but they seem about finished with it as the trenches used to run up and down it and were 6 feet deep. Can't wait.

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      brookewb RE: wooster Jun 8, 2009 11:48 AM

      Drove by today and they had signs up in the window. It's called "Thyme" and they're describing it as a cafe/market....yay!!!!

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        bicoastalyummy RE: wooster Jun 10, 2009 10:29 AM

        So excited - this is the storefront for the fantastic catering company Thyme... their presentation is usually fabulous so I am sure that the store will be great looking. Can't wait to have it in the neighborhood. It is super close to my office and we need a cafe market that has good food with ambience.

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          wooster RE: bicoastalyummy Jun 17, 2009 12:56 PM

          Don't know anything about that catering company, but the place doesn't seem to be as close to ready as I had thought. Took another peek in it yesterday and noticed a lot of finishing that needs to be done as well as the rear parking lot is still unpaved and work continues on the wet utilities, so my random guess would be August opening at the earliest.

        2. Servorg RE: wooster Jul 13, 2009 06:33 AM

          I noticed when I pedaled by this morning that their "permanent" Thyme signage was up on the front of the building over the windows on the upper wall. Hopefully that's a good "sign" that they are closing in on opening.

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            wooster RE: Servorg Aug 4, 2009 02:35 PM

            Mon-Sat, 7am-7pm. That's their hours when they open. Wish it would happen already.

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              Phurstluv RE: wooster Aug 4, 2009 03:29 PM

              Is it a store front where they'll be selling their food, or just their kitchens where they'll prepare and send out, like most caterers I know?

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                wooster RE: Phurstluv Aug 5, 2009 09:33 AM

                It's like a deli/bakery and cafe inside and it is called a market and cafe, so I'm pretty sure it's basically a cafe with items to go.

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                  Servorg RE: wooster Sep 29, 2009 11:28 AM

                  They now have a working website up and they are reporting elsewhere (yelp) that they will open in early October of this year.

                  http://thymecafeandmarket.com/

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            brookewb RE: wooster Oct 13, 2009 11:10 AM

            they opened yesterday.

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              Servorg RE: brookewb Oct 13, 2009 11:57 AM

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/659059

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