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The Gallery, Santa Monica
The Gallery, Santa Monica
Linwod Ventures / Lincoln Property
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.

The formerly dingy fast food hall situated right in the middle of the pedestrian-friendly Third Street Promenade is finally back up from its eight-month overhaul. Once a highly trafficked place in touristy Santa Monica for cheap eats like Subway, McDonald’s, and a Chinese takeout stand, the redone hall is now gleaming with two stories of potential.

As before, there are still no confirmed tenants for the space — returning or otherwise — but it likely won’t be long before those names start trickling in. After all, the Promenade remains one of greater Los Angeles’ most foot traffic-heavy draws, which means despite the high rents there’s usually enough of a crowd to justify setting up shop.

The space itself has been completely revamped, and now includes two full dining levels with sweeping views of the pedestrians below. Renaming itself as the Gallery, the open market now features a living succulent wall at the dining terrace level, as well as new tiling, vintage decor items, and a redone facade. In all, the Lincoln Property Company / Linwood Ventures team behind the $7 million overhaul say that there will be room for 10 food tenants, though that won’t likely come to fruition until closer to the summer.