New Developments At Eataly…

We all wait with bated breath for Los Angeles’ branch of celebrated Italian emporium Eataly to return to its pre-COVID glory.  I’m told, however, that there will be at least one significant change.  One of the signature restaurants, Il Pesce Cucina, is apparently being axed.  The replacement?  Sources say the new eatery is being described as “Mediterranean”.  Here’s hoping we can explore it ourselves soon…

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Zinqué  Coming To Century City

We could all use more good news right now…  While many restaurants are challenged or closing, it’s encouraging to see new eateries on the way.  On the second floor of the Westfield Century City Shopping Center, in the erstwhile Petros space, plywood is covering the front with an announcement that Zinqué is bringing its sunny vision of French charm to the mall.  Looks like they’re shooting for a Fall opening.

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Cafe Landwer Coming To Century City

Plywood is up on a commodious space on the first floor of the Westfield Century City Shoping Center announcing the arrival of Cafe Landwer.  The Cafe, which has two other US locations in Boston, started out as a coffee bar in Germany in 1919, later moving to Israel, where it continues to roast coffee and operate a number of locations of Cafe Landwer.  Expect a menu with a variety of choices including shakshuka, bowls, schnitzel, burgers, pizza, and pasta.

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Bok Bok Continues Its Expansion Westward With Two New Locations…

The recent turnover in the food court of the Century City Shopping Center is breathing new life to into the dining scene there.  Plywood is up on the space that used to house Bibigo Kitchen (which has moved locations in the mall) announcing the impending arrival of Bok Bok Mediterranean.  And that’s not all:  According to their website, they will be opening a location at 235 Main St. in Venice as well.  Look for a menu of panini, pitas, and plates of shawerma, falafel, rotisserie chicken, with other Mediterranean specialties.

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La Créme Café Coming To Century City

With all the bad news about restaurant closures in the Westfield Century City Shopping Center, it’s refreshing to see that a new venture is taking a chance.  Plywood is up on the food court spot that used to house Everytable declaring that West Hollywood’s “simple European-style nook” La Créme Café is planning on a Spring opening.  Look for a menu of organic coffee & smoothies, waffles, crêpes, and panini.

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Beleaf Café Replaces Fala Bar In Century City

Unless you looked very closely, you might not have noticed that Fala Bar quietly transformed into something now called Beleaf Café in the food court of the Westfield Century City Shopping Center.  While I’m told there is no relationship between the former and the latter, the look of the eatery and the menu are very similar.  Beleaf Café has one other location in the Westfield Topanga Mall, and features a 100% plant-based menu of burgers, sandwiches, falafel, and salads.

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Petros Disappears From Century City

After the major overhaul of the Westfield Century City Shopping Center, Greek eatery Petros snagged one of the choice locations on the second floor.  Sadly however, it appears that they has quietly vacated the commodious space.  Not sure what happened, but you can still visit their other locations in Manhattan Beach, Solvang, or Santa Barbara.

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Brandini Toffee Now Open In Century City

And while we’re on the subject of Century City…  It was back in early September when I told you about the arrival of Palm Springs’ Brandini Toffee to the space vacated by Yagourt & Bougatsa  on the second floor of the Westfield Century City Shopping Center.  For those of you who have been waiting to try to celebrated sweet treats comes this happy news:  Brandini Toffee officially threw open their doors on Tuesday, November 19th.

Halo Top Scoop Shop Closes All Locations

When hometown low-calorie ice cream expert Halo Top laid down brick-and-mortar locations, people went crazy.  Recently however, I’ve been hearing from readers that the locations have abruptly closed.  So, I went by the Westfield Century City Shopping Center to check things out.  Sure enough, a notice on the front proclaims the sad news that all Halo Top Scoop Shops are now finished.  Could it have something to do with the recent acquisition of Halo Top by Wells Enterprises, the people behind Blue Bunny?  But all is not lost:  You can still find Halo Top in local grocery stores.

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Wushiland Boba Sneaks Into Century City

While it can take months (or even years… Hello Honeymee?) for some shops to open in the Westfield Century Shopping Center, some arrive almost overnight.  One that snuck in while no one was looking is a branch of Taiwanese chain Wushiland Boba, which is now open on the second floor near Petros.  Expect a menu of various teas and sweet or savory waffles.  Oh, and that flying fish with a cup on its back logo?  Eater reported a few years ago that his name is Larry.

Everytable Closes In Century City, Santa Monica

Trouble for Everytable?  With a visionary concept of bringing fresh, nutritious, made-from-scratch meals to a fast food world, Everytable ambitiously sought to transform the food scene along the lines of what McDonald’s did a half century ago.  But sadly, their location in the Westfield Century City Shopping Center is now vacant, and so is their spot in Santa Monica’s mercurial The Gallery.  Other locations appear to be open.

Everytable Century City…

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Everytable Santa Monica…

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HRB Bringing Hand Rolls To Century City Soon…

A prominant window display lets us know that HRB The Hand Roll Bar Experience is landing in the freestanding shop located on the second floor, just outside of the Food Court of the Westfield Century City Shopping Center.  The still-developing website doesn’t list a menu yet, but I think we can take a wild stab at what will be on offer.  It looks like there’s a location coming to Downtown LA as well, on W 6th St.

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Rock House Sliders Slipping Into Century City

One of the last remaining spaces in the food court of the Westfield Century City Shopping Center is getting a new resident.  Plywood covering the space lets us know that Sunset Blvd. burger joint Rock House Sliders will soon be landing in the tony mall.  Not sure when they will be opening, but you can look for a straight forward menu of diminutive burgers, fries, and shakes.

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Leaff Bringing Waffles To Century City Soon

The astonishingly diverse food scene continues to develop in the Westfield Century City Shopping Center.  Window signs have gone up on one of the kiosks on the second floor informing us that Leaff will soon be dishing waffles.  It looks like they’re shooting for an October opening…

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Denong Tea Bringing Premium Pu-erh To Century City

A large announcement on the second floor of the Westfield Century City Shopping Center, next door to the upcoming HaiDiLao Hot Pot, lets us know that this will be the future Westside home of China-based tea experts Denong Tea.  With one other US location in Pasadena and specializing in Pu-erh tea, a rare and special tea from Yunnan Province, Denong Tea considers themselves “guardians of the world’s best”.  Looks like they’re shooting for a January 2019 opening.

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HaiDiLao Hot Pot, Shuck House, And More Changes Century City…

Ever since the Westfield Century City Shopping Center’s glitzy and expensive makeover, restaurant news has been overshadowed by the big names (think Eataly).  But, as they always have, things change very suddenly in this mercurial food scene.  Here’s a what I observed recently…  On the second floor near Eataly, a new Sichuan charmer promising “flashy surroundings & theatrical servers“, HaiDiLao Hot Pot, is on the way.  Mezza Garden has closed up shop on the first floor.  And one of the last empty spaces in the food court will soon be home to Shuck House, a seafood and oyster bar that plans on opening in December.

Redstraw Bringing Fusion Style Tea To Century City

I recently noticed fresh plywood covering the space next to upcoming Honeymee on the second floor of the Westfield Century City Shopping Center.  It appears that a new startup, Redstraw Tea Bar, is joining the still-developing lengthy list of new food and drink establishments.  On offer? According to their website, look for “fusion style tea with a variety of toppings”.  They are shooting for a summer opening.