News came swift and fast yesterday that the long-idle Beverly Center on La Cienega would once again be kicking into high gear with a $500 million renovation plan that includes the arrival of not only a eighth floor food court to be called The Street, but more than half a dozen other full-service concepts situated on the ground floor of the building. Here's an idea of what that all will look like.
Curbed first landed a look at the inside of the massive new project being undertaken by parent company Taubman Centers, Inc. As initially detailed, there are plans for lots more light and glass to help open the place up to casual shoppers, but the most intriguing part so far may well be the restaurant news. The below renderings show some communal dining and a cafe space within the mall itself, with a couple of proposed full-service restaurant exteriors on the ground floor below that.
Here's what we know so far about the dining situation inside the Beverly Center:
- The Street, Michael Mina's curated food court plaza, will contain somewhere north of a dozen disparate concepts in a casual, almost hawker market-style environment. There will be the usual assortment of ramen spots and poke, but expect a lean towards healthier options overall.
- Expect some killer views. Per a release sent following a ribbon-cutting ceremony last night, the eighth floor dining space should have some pretty strong views looking out towards Downtown, though it's unclear if there will be outdoor balcony seating anywhere up that high.
- Michael Mina will open another concept. The Mina team has plans for a sit down restaurant as well as the food court, though whether or not it will be something new or an offshoot of an existing concept like Bourbon Steak remains to be seen.
- Other concepts will be announced soon, and they'll likely have some big-name backing. Some of that $500 million is getting earmarked to help bring in big talent from around the country, so don't be surprised when a few big names start popping up in connection with the Beverly Center. Rumor has it that at least one San Francisco restaurateur is already in the process of landing something inside.