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Eataly settles on Century City location

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VenusCafe Jun 18, 2014 06:56 AM

What do Chowhounds think of this location?

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    jessejames RE: VenusCafe Jun 18, 2014 07:16 AM

    Wouldn't be my first choice.

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      wienermobile RE: jessejames Jun 18, 2014 07:20 AM

      Where then?

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        jessejames RE: wienermobile Jun 18, 2014 07:28 AM

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

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          wienermobile RE: jessejames Jun 18, 2014 07:31 AM

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

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            bringiton RE: wienermobile Jun 20, 2014 11:22 AM

            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. Servorg RE: VenusCafe Jun 18, 2014 07:47 AM

      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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        jessejames RE: Servorg Jun 18, 2014 07:50 AM

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

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          Servorg RE: jessejames Jun 18, 2014 07:58 AM

          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.

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            jessejames RE: Servorg Jun 18, 2014 08:00 AM

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

      2. wienermobile RE: VenusCafe Jun 18, 2014 08:02 AM

        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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          nosh RE: wienermobile Jun 18, 2014 07:19 PM

          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.

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            wienermobile RE: nosh Jun 18, 2014 07:23 PM

            Yes Gelson's is still there.

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              Ashibi RE: nosh Jun 19, 2014 12:53 PM

              I miss Houston's

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                bringiton RE: Ashibi Jun 20, 2014 11:24 AM

                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.

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                  wienermobile RE: bringiton Jun 20, 2014 11:27 AM

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

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                    Ashibi RE: wienermobile Jul 6, 2014 12:00 PM

                    That's a shame

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                      Dirtywextraolives RE: Ashibi Jul 6, 2014 05:38 PM

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

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                        wienermobile RE: Dirtywextraolives Jul 6, 2014 08:12 PM

                        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.

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                          Dirtywextraolives RE: wienermobile Jul 6, 2014 09:43 PM

                          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.

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                            wienermobile RE: Dirtywextraolives Jul 7, 2014 07:28 AM

                            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.

                             
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                              jessejames RE: wienermobile Jul 7, 2014 07:57 AM

                              So they have a deal there but no set location ?

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                                Servorg RE: jessejames Jul 7, 2014 08:03 AM

                                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.

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                                  wienermobile RE: jessejames Jul 7, 2014 08:04 AM

                                  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.

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                VenusCafe RE: wienermobile Jun 30, 2014 06:37 PM

                <Do you want to live at the mall?>

                Only if I cannot find my way out!

              3. ipsedixit RE: VenusCafe Jun 18, 2014 07:31 PM

                And here I was hoping for City of Commerce.

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                  Servorg RE: ipsedixit Jun 19, 2014 03:34 AM

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

                2. soniabegonia RE: VenusCafe Jun 18, 2014 10:05 PM

                  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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                    lesliesue RE: soniabegonia Jun 19, 2014 07:52 AM

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

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                      soniabegonia RE: lesliesue Jun 19, 2014 12:21 PM

                      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.

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                        wienermobile RE: soniabegonia Jun 19, 2014 12:39 PM

                        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.

                         
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                          lesliesue RE: wienermobile Jun 19, 2014 12:44 PM

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

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                            wienermobile RE: lesliesue Jun 19, 2014 01:11 PM

                            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).

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                              Servorg RE: wienermobile Jun 19, 2014 01:14 PM

                              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?

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                                wienermobile RE: Servorg Jun 19, 2014 01:15 PM

                                I still miss Benita Frites to this day.

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                                jessejames RE: wienermobile Jun 19, 2014 01:15 PM

                                Fast times at ridgemont high

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                                  wienermobile RE: jessejames Jun 19, 2014 01:28 PM

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

                                   
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                                    jessejames RE: wienermobile Jun 19, 2014 01:31 PM

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

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                                      wienermobile RE: jessejames Jun 19, 2014 01:34 PM

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

                                       
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                                        jessejames RE: wienermobile Jun 19, 2014 01:36 PM

                                        phoebe cates

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                                          wienermobile RE: jessejames Jun 19, 2014 01:57 PM

                                          …at the pool.

                                           
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                                            jessejames RE: wienermobile Jun 19, 2014 01:59 PM

                                            rev up the WM!

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                                        bringiton RE: jessejames Jun 20, 2014 11:28 AM

                                        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. wienermobile RE: VenusCafe Jun 19, 2014 08:07 AM

                        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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                          jessejames RE: wienermobile Jun 19, 2014 08:18 AM

                          Good point When is that due?

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                            wienermobile RE: jessejames Jun 19, 2014 08:33 AM

                            2023 just around the corner..

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                              lesliesue RE: wienermobile Jun 19, 2014 08:37 AM

                              Horrifying

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                                jessejames RE: lesliesue Jun 19, 2014 08:51 AM

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

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                                  ilysla RE: jessejames Jun 19, 2014 02:28 PM

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

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                                    wienermobile RE: ilysla Jun 19, 2014 03:33 PM

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

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                                      ilysla RE: wienermobile Jun 19, 2014 03:35 PM

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

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                                        jessejames RE: ilysla Jun 19, 2014 03:43 PM

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

                                         
                                         
                        2. polldeldiablo RE: VenusCafe Jun 19, 2014 12:33 PM

                          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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                            VenusCafe RE: polldeldiablo Jun 20, 2014 10:36 AM

                            I also think Culver City would work best.

                          2. J.L. RE: VenusCafe Jun 19, 2014 04:45 PM

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

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                              steve h. RE: J.L. Jun 20, 2014 12:23 PM

                              I could get behind that suggestion.

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                                VenusCafe RE: J.L. Jun 30, 2014 06:49 PM

                                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.

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                                Dirtywextraolives RE: VenusCafe Jun 30, 2014 07:38 PM

                                Works for me.

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