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Santa Monica Pier's Al Mare Putting Itself Together

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Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

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Nearly four years in the making, Al Mare, the seaside Italian restaurant on Santa Monica's pier-boardwalk adjacent to Soda Jerks, is finally coming together. The historically landmarked building that formerly housed Arcadia nightclub had been vacant for nearly ten years. Over the last two years, it underwent a pretty complete reconstruction, with three levels of dining across 9,000 square feet to seat 260 diners and accommodate live music. The massive eatery is being produced by Franco Sorgi and Paolo Simeone, who also own Trastevere on the Third Street Promenade and La Piazza at the Grove.

There should be unfettered views of the ocean all around, especially toward the west. Al Mare will also have the only rooftop dining option on the pier, which will make for pleasant al fresco meals. Originally slated to open last spring, it's unclear when the restaurant will launch but it wouldn't be a stretch to say some time before the end of the year based on how long it's taken to get this far. With Redwood Grille, Del Frisco's, Seasons 52, Water Grill, and Truxton's opening recently in the area, it seems like Santa Monica can't really have too many large scale restaurants.
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