Not far from where California Monster Salads plans to open, a stylish new coffee shop called The Refinery is under construction in the 400 block of Santa Monica Blvd. in Downtown Santa Monica. This is yet another in a recent rash of gourmet coffee shop openings, with the business stating intentions to serve "premium and organic" beverages here using a Synesso system. While Main Street Santa Monica has Il Cielo and Urth, the immediate surroundings here are more along the lines of Jinky's and Starbucks, until you hit Funnell Mill, so demand for something like The Refinery naturally runs high.
The Refinery, 413 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica. 310-986-2776.