Santa Monica’s Babalu Washing Old Look Right Out Of Its Hair

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Santa Monica’s 25-year-old Babalu Bakery will undergo aesthetic upgrades this winter to veer from its South Pacific vibe to a more Western Pacific look of seaside-friendly blue and whites. As the owner of this institution, as well as nearby Cafe Montana, Eddie Silkaitis has seen dramatic changes hit Montana Avenue in the last two-and-a-half decades and as a former art director and set designer on films like Ghostbusters and Back to School, plans to oversee the facelift himself. The new look is intended to compliment a new interior and a rejiggered menu that veers lighter, but retains customers favorites like the jerk chicken (which currently shares space with an eclectic mash including bucatini, Szechuan stir-fry, kebab with tzatziki, and crab enchiladas). Expect kale, quinoa, and burgers to proliferate, as Babalu remains open through the coming tide of change.

Santa Monica’s Babalu Washing Old Look Right Out Of Its Hair