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Downtown Culver City’s New Upscale Food Hall Could Be a Game Changer

Plus Shake Shack to Marina del Rey, and distilling in Long Beach

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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.

Big deals coming

Culver City’s upcoming Citizen Public Market is still well under construction, but the breezy indoor-outdoor property already feels like it holds the key to Culver City’s finicky downtown dining scene. The 6,600 square foot building will offer 11 different stalls with a variety of food options from pizza (possibly by an Italian master) to seafood legends Jolly Oyster to wine bar seating and more. Reps for UPMS and RM/d, the companies behind the food hall, say the two-level market is still attracting tenants, but about half of the leases have been signed so far. And with Amazon and other companies set to completely remake the neighborhood, the late-2019 opening timing could be perfect. One note: This is not the same as Market Hall, opening to the west of downtown. Citizen Public Market lands at 9355 Culver Blvd., Culver City.

Beach burgers

Shake Shack is ready for the Westside once again, landing soon in Marina del Rey’s Waterside retail development. The Caruso-owned property already has “coming soon” listed for the popular East Coast burger chain.

Bru on the block

There’s another casual name in Marina del Rey dining today too: Bru’s Wiffle 2. The place does everything from brussels sprouts to avocado toast to, of course, sweet and savory waffles and french toast. 3105 W. Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey.

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Around the Bend

Portuguese Bend, Long Beach’s first craft distillery, is set to open in early April. That’s per the Long Beach Post, who note that the upcoming project will make gin, rum, and more, with a focus on bringing customers in on the experience of distillation with giant glass panels and just the right amount of education.

New name

There’s a new chef in charge over at Alexander’s Steakhouse in Pasadena. Florent Courriol has been given the title of executive chef at the high-end steakhouse after a long run at Michelin-starred restaurant Amber in Hong Kong and, before that, L’atelier de Joel Robuchon.

Back on the Westside

Chef Michael Fiorelli is popping up at Tallula’s in Santa Monica next month. The former Love & Salt chef will be side-by-side with his onetime partner in crime Rebecca Merhej for the March 6 dinner, doing casual California Italian cuisine for $95 a head.