Eataly, Eataly, Eataly, what's going on? About a year ago Eater heard that Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's epic Italian food emporium was bound for the Beverly Hills/West Hollywood area, and then last summer word came that the team may have found a space around Melrose and San Vicente. New intel in from two separate restaurant sources that Eataly is closely considering the BEVERLY CENTER. And, on that note, related or not, Grand Lux Cafe at the Beverly Center, which controls a prime ground floor space, is about to shutter in 12 days. Coincidence?
On the subject of Eataly opening in the Beverly Center, Jay Luchs, the real estate guy doing the deal says, "There is some truth to it in that there are serious discussions, but there are also other properties who have been aggressively going after Eataly so nothing is 100%. Eataly is looking to do an LA location, but taking its time to make sure they do it right."
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