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Eataly settles on Century City location

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  1. Wouldn't be my first choice.

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    1. re: jessejames

      Where then?

      1. re: wienermobile

        Somewhere with pedestrian access like grand central market area Beverly center etc. Not a lawyer ghetto

        1. re: jessejames

          Is their marketing plan to attract locals or tourists? or a mix of both?

          1. re: wienermobile

            It was a very smart selection. You have lots of high end tourists nearby and lots of high end residents nearby and lots of easy inexpensive parking. Jessejames wants pedestrian access. I'm sorry, but when I'm shopping for food products, I'm not going to carry them for blocks. Plus, most of the pedestrians in downtown don't live there and aren't going to buy food products and bring them back to the office for hours until they go home in the evening. There aren't enough residents downtown to single handedly support eataly.

    2. If you want a lot of foot traffic where people aren't put off because they have to find street parking (but the business pays a lot of rent) then a high end mall like this one is a good idea http://la.eater.com/tags/eataly

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      1. re: Servorg

        But it is an island in cc. An unappealing one for me.

        1. re: jessejames

          If you run this type of business then your first choice is the survival (and hopefully the flourishing) of that business. It's just a corollary of "crowd sourcing" in my estimation.

          1. re: Servorg

            I'm sure marketing folks know what they're doing. Just not good for me. I detest cc having worked there before.

      2. With Westfield's apparent 700 million dollar remodel of the mall (yes that number is correct and includes the new condo tower & a relocated Bloomingdales plus a massive new underground parking lot.. eight acres of outdoor space (including a new central plaza), new residences across ten floors, 3,375 new jobs and 4,700 parking spaces to double the property's current capacity. As for tenants, Nordstrom will likely join the roster, They wanted Eataly as a new anchor and tourist magnet. Do you want to live at the mall?

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        1. re: wienermobile

          Isn't there still a Gelson's there? Eatily should be a good complement. I won't shop at either -- I like lower prices -- and while I live nearby in Westwood Village I haven't been to Century City since the Houston's was near the theaters.

          1. re: nosh

            Yes Gelson's is still there.

            1. re: nosh

              I miss Houston's

              1. re: Ashibi

                I miss Houston's too. Bad move by the mall to put Seasons 52 there. Its owned by the same company that brings you Olive Garden and the crowds at Seasons 52 are underwhelming to say the least. I don't think it will survive long.

                1. re: bringiton

                  Their lease was up and their rent was really really raised and Houston's was out.

                  1. re: wienermobile

                    That's a shame

                    1. re: Ashibi

                      But that's business. Now something better than Houston's is going in.

                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                        Season's 52 moved in and I certainly don't think it's better than Houston's. For a chain restaurant Houston's is pretty darn good.

                        1. re: wienermobile

                          I was reading it as if eataly took over the Houston's spot. Haven't been to Seasons 52 so I don't have an opinion either way.

                          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                            The mall is going to be completely remolded. That's why Eataly will not turn up until 2017. It will go either where the exciting Bloomingdales is now or in the new expand wing on the corner of Ave of the Stars and Santa Monica where Bloomingdales will be relocated below the new condo towers.

                             
                            1. re: wienermobile

                              So they have a deal there but no set location ?

                              1. re: jessejames

                                I would have to guess that a major tenant like Eataly will be able to have their choice of locations, depending on availability. Sometimes (frequently?) construction projects for expansion drag on far past the projected dates of completion. If I were Eataly management I would account for those unknowns in my lease agreement with the mall P's that B.

                                1. re: jessejames

                                  I am sure there is a set location but It has not been made public and I'm sure that won't happen until city approval.

              2. re: wienermobile

                <Do you want to live at the mall?>

                Only if I cannot find my way out!

              3. And here I was hoping for City of Commerce.

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                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Vernon, what I have I told you about making jokes about the C of C?

                2. I think it's the perfect location. Centrally located for the widest coverage of their target audience of "foodie" types coming from westside, weho, samo, culver and farther afield. I'm an eastsider myself but find CC more convenient than downtown (traffic, parking, proximity to other points of interest). Other possible locations that have been discussed have parking and access issues that I just don't have the patience for. If they play the parking card right (and this being LA that is probably one of top 3 considerations in any development project that involves more than 50 sqft), it will be wildly successful. In many ways I think it will be the gourmet food gallery that the Santa Monica Place rooftop space is trying to be but failing miserably. CC mall holds a special place in my shopper's heart for silly reasons I won't get into, and still is my most frequented venue for shopping & movies. I'm excited.

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                  1. re: soniabegonia

                    Do you remember when Clifton's was there? I had a thanksgiving dinner every time, all year.

                    1. re: lesliesue

                      wha?! had no idea... my first visit to the cc mall was in 1989, the year I got my driver's license. I do remember the weird food court and vaguely remember liking the Indian place on the covered patio portion near the escalators... seems like an eternity ago.

                      1. re: soniabegonia

                        Clifton's opened in 1966 and was not in the food court. It was near where the stand alone Coffee Bean on the lower level is now is. It closed in 1986 to become a Crate & Barrel before that also closed and moved.

                         
                        1. re: wienermobile

                          I don't believe there were food courts when I was a child and did not mean to imply otherwise.

                          1. re: lesliesue

                            The first food courts I remember in LA were at Sherman Oaks Fashion Square and Santa Monica Place (and that was the first place I ever had Sushi).

                            1. re: wienermobile

                              Santa Monica Place was more of a "food alley" or "food access tunnel" between the alley on one side (where you came out of the parking structure) and the promenade on the other. Benita Frites was right were you came out onto the Promenade on the right as you entered the Promenade (at least as I recall the set up), but they may have moved from one of the inside places before getting that coveted "Promenade" location?

                              1. re: Servorg

                                I still miss Benita Frites to this day.

                              2. re: wienermobile

                                Fast times at ridgemont high

                                1. re: jessejames

                                  That was Sherman Oaks Galleria and All American Burger on Barrington and San Vicente right?

                                   
                                  1. re: wienermobile

                                    yes for Sherman oaks galleria...not sure if all American there on sunset

                                    1. re: jessejames

                                      ...all this food court talk makes we want a Hot Dog on A Stick.

                                       
                                      1. re: wienermobile

                                        phoebe cates

                                        1. re: jessejames

                                          …at the pool.

                                           
                                          1. re: wienermobile

                                            rev up the WM!

                                      2. re: jessejames

                                        Fast Times at Ridgemont High featured Santa Monica Place for exterior shots and the Sherman Oaks Galleria for interior shots....Phoebe Cates..sorry, I was momentarily distracted. What were we talking about?

                      2. Remember this will be right at a purple line subway stop. I think this is part of their reason to locate in CC.

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                        1. re: wienermobile

                          Good point When is that due?

                          1. re: jessejames

                            2023 just around the corner..

                            1. re: wienermobile

                              Horrifying

                              1. re: lesliesue

                                it's gonna take some time, but that line across Wilshire to la brea, Fairfax, la cienega and beyond is going to be awesome

                                1. re: jessejames

                                  Hopefully we'll still be alive when it finally reaches the VA! =P

                                  1. re: ilysla

                                    The Apes will be running everything by the time it finally reaches the sea...

                                    1. re: wienermobile

                                      They'd probably do a better job running it than would the humans....

                                      1. re: ilysla

                                        things have changed in century city since 1972, or was it 1991?

                                         
                                         
                        2. It's not the ideal location for an Eataly, but the ideal location doesn't exist in Los Angeles due to it being a city that's very spread out. Parking wouldn't be a problem, as I'm sure they would build/expand the parking at the mall to accomodate. The biggest issue will be the already heavily congested streets nearby as well as the 'fun' 405 along side it.

                          I personally think Culver City is a far better location as it fits better within that community as well as highway access and traffic.

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                          1. re: polldeldiablo

                            I also think Culver City would work best.

                          2. I was gonna tell Westfield to install a Singaporean-style hawker centre in Century City... Oh well.

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                            1. re: J.L.

                              I could get behind that suggestion.

                              1. re: J.L.

                                As long as it is not Bourdain, I'm good if they offer the Singapore BBQ pork spare ribs that I grew up with at The Singapore Restaurant on Rush St in Chicago. My dad worked there.
                                Sinatra never missed coming in when he was in town and sometimes brought AVA. The place was renowned and
                                my childhood fave.

                              2. Works for me.