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RockSugar Revealed: Like Vegas at the Mall

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Over at the Westfield Century City this weekend, RockSugar was teeming with managers, chefs, servers-in-training and potential staffers. A few things to note about the new pan-Asian restaurant from the Cheesecake Factory: The design and decor is over-the-top, like Vegas over-the-top, from the doors to the first dark foyer to the open-air waiting area, to the ornate column-filled bar and dining room; there will probably be a strong staff-to-customer ratio because they've been advertising on Craigslist for weeks; on the plus side, they're training for weeks. Expectations are high for the food---Singapore-raised, New York-trained chef Mohan Ismail (Spice Market, Tabla, Blue Hill) created a family-style menu with specialties from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and India---but even if it's Cheesecake Factory-quality, it will still give next-door neighbors Houston's and Gulstream a run for their money. According to signage, dinner starts June 19, lunch June 21.
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