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California Pizza Kitchen Held Out at the Beverly Center as Long as It Could

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The pizza and pasta chain joins a staggering list of closures at the upscale mall off La Cienega.

California Pizza Kitchen, Beverly Center
California Pizza Kitchen, Beverly Center
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

There’s almost nowhere to eat at the Beverly Center anymore, as corporate headquarters confirmed that the longstanding California Pizza Kitchen on site actually ran their final day of service last week. Rather than sluggish sales, a spokesperson said that their lease on the location was simply up, which means anyone shopping in the multi-story mall as of today is practically forced to leave the building in order to get a bite to eat.

In what can only be seen as an out-and-out victory for the folks behind the myriad dining options over at the nearby Grove, the loss of California Pizza Kitchen brings the total dining options listed on the Beverly Center website to two: a Chipotle, housed at street level, and the Piazza Lounge at Level 6. The only problem is, Chipotle is quickly nearing completion on a joint Chipotle/ShopHouse building around the corner on Beverly in the former Jan’s space, so it seems that soon enough even the Beverly Grove's Chipotle will be made redundant.

There have also been some semi-secret food trucks running in the parking garage (though it’s all very hush hush for customers) for a while too, but that doesn’t exactly add up to a thriving dining scene on site at what should otherwise be the upscale, less crowded answer to the Grove.

The P.F. Chang’s at the Beverly Center died off last December, with the massive Capital Grille ending its run the previous June. The Cheesecake Factory-owned Grand Luxe Cafe has been dormant for years. Now with CPK gone, the options for sitting down and enjoying a meal are quickly approaching zero. What, if any, are the plans for the mall moving forward, other than becoming the ghost town locals already know it to be? So far, no one seems to know.

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