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Michael Mina’s Cal Mare Restaurant to Close at Beverly Center After Two Years

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Meanwhile Michael Mina’s restaurant group cancels plans for the top level food court

A plate of pasta with greens on a marble table at Cal Mare.
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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 multi-million-dollar renovation of the Beverly Center has so far failed to produce the restaurant rejuvenation it first promised. Eater has learned that not only will two-year-old Italian restaurant Cal Mare be closing this month, but the parent company of the restaurant — the Mina Group — is also leaving the multi-story mall altogether.

The arrival of Michael Mina to the Beverly Center was first announced several years ago, with the San Francisco-based celebrity chef overseeing a food hall on the airy atrium level of the mall that would include places like International Smoke from cookbook star Ayesha Curry. In 2017 Mina’s team opened Cal Mare as a casual Italian osteria under corporate chef Adam Sobel on the ground floor of the property, not far from Farmhouse and Yardbird and the now-open Angler space.

Sadly, the revamp of the Beverly Center has struggled to noticeably attract more diners to its many culinary offerings, and now Mina is pulling the plug on his team’s investment there altogether. Cal Mare will close on December 22, and has already been scrubbed from the Mina Group’s website (another Cal Mare is still up and running in Boston), and reps for the Mina Group say that the company is also closing its involvement with coffee shop LAMILL on property as well.

What’s more, the Mina Group is no longer working on a food hall upstairs. The Group adds:

We are grateful to all of our staff and guests for all of their support in the time that we’ve been open... We look forward to welcoming our guests at one of our other restaurants in the greater Southern California region and nationwide.

Taubman, the company behind the Beverly Center, adds:

We are sad to see it close and sincerely thank the restaurant’s dedicated team and loyal customers. As for the impending food hall, we have decided to integrate other non-hospitality uses on Level 8. As such, MINA Group and Taubman together determined that The Street is not the right idea for the space.

Beverly Center. 8500 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles.