Beach Nation, the sand-blanketed, outdoor dining space replete with center fire pit, located at 8259 Santa Monica Blvd on the corner of Sweetzer has closed. The perimeter gate is chained shut, beach chairs, umbrellas, and chic Thomas Schoos patio furnishings mostly gone, but a source in the know tells WEHO TIMES that Beach Nation is “simply morphing.”
Weather permitting, Beach Nation drew a nice-sized crowd and developed a loyal neighborhood following. With only outdoor dining space, hours of operation were limited.
Our source tells WEHO TIMES: “We thought about keeping Beach Nation open during renovations, but decided it didn’t make sense.” Renovations are anticipated to take about six months. “We’ve pulled permits and plan to build a full-service kitchen and create some type of partially enclosed year-round space with expanded dining and drinking options.”
Will the name change, how about the sand and beach theme? “Not sure exactly”, says our source, “but I can tell you Chef Eric Greenspan will be a part of out team, (think Greenspans Grilled Cheese and The Roof on Wilshire).
As for the long-shuttered, former Irv’s Burger Stand, a designated cultural landmark. We’re told: “It will re-open for daytime coffee and grab and go bites.”