The ongoing renovation of the Beverly Center is starting to yield some very interesting culinary results, with names like Ayesha Curry, Michael Mina, and Eggslut slated to make appearances when the La Cienega mall is finished next year.
The LA Times has details on a number of new tenants looking to make their way to the property, either at the ground floor level or up top at The Street, the Mina-curated food hall that will also feature a bar, patio seating, and loads of sunlight. First there will be Cal Mare, a giant 8,200 square foot operation by Michael Mina himself that will focus on coastal Italian seafood (sounds sorta like the Maré that Los Angeles already has). There will also be a ground-floor Eggslut closer to Cedars Sinai, for everyone’s early morning shopping and egg sandwich needs.
Other sit-down restaurants include Yardbird by chef John Kunkel, a fried chicken outfit that already exists in Las Vegas and Miami. Kunkel will snag some 6,000 square feet of space and operate a full bar (that means loads of bourbon, it seems) as well as a patio area. Laurent Halasz, the man behind upscale chain Fig & Olive, will take up his own 7,000 square feet with Farmhouse, an ingredient-driven wood-fired restaurant.
As for The Street, the top-level open food court dining experiences, the LA Times says that Ayesha Curry plans a barbecue stall, SF-based chef Ken Tominaga will do ramen, and many of the other stalls are still being sorted out. Ultimately some of these may be rotating spaces, where chefs come in for small stints but don’t stay long.
In all, it seems the $500 million makeover of the Beverly Center is working, and not a moment too soon. Just up Beverly there are plans for another tech-driven two-story food hall, and nearby options like Catch and E.P. & L.P. already own the breezy rooftop vibes. Right now the mall is a warren of construction corridors and noise, but sometime next year it will be possible to dine very, very well inside.
- Take a Peek at Beverly Center’s Future Food Hall [Curbed LA]