I noticed the other day (a friend was buying me dinner at PF Chang's) that there is a new restaurant opening up in the old Pentola location on Wilshire in Santa Monica. (I don't know the address, but it's just off the Promenade, going east).
I didn't catch the name, but did see the words steak and lobster in the etching in the new window. Or maybe it wasn't an etching, maybe it was just painted on the glass.
I liked Pentola, partly because of the room itself. It was laid out in a spacious way, the tables weren't right on top of each other and the chairs and booths were comfortable. The long bar was a cool place to have a steak and watch a ball game. Pentola was my favorite place to dine alone for that reason. Sort of like sitting at the counter in a coffee shop, only the food was better.
Enough about Pentola, it's gone. I'm just hoping the new place makes good use of this space, which in addition to being comfortable, was sort of divided into three or four "rooms" which made for a more intimate feel, though the space is larger than it looks from the outside.
Anyone know what's going on down there?
(And, btw, it is interesting to me that the old Zucky's location remains empty and has been empty for so long. I know next to nothing about retail property issues, but when you see a prime location like that -- Wilshire Boulevard, about five or six blocks from the Ocean -- presumably already zoned as a restaurant, I can't help but wonder why no one has moved in. You'd think at least an upscale chain would give that spot a try.
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