Here’s What’s Going On In Century City…

As you know, I’ve been carefully watching the developments during the renovation of the Westfield Century City Shopping Center.  As we get closer to the unveiling of the glitzy new dining and shopping destination, here are the latest developments.  While much of this has already been reported, this is what you can actually see:

What’s Now Closed:

Coral Tree Express finally closed in the mostly boarded up food court.

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Tenacious Breadbar vacated its first floor location.

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The Hillstone Restaurant Group’s Gulfstream is now gone.

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What’s Coming:

California Pizza Kitchen has an ABC license posted on the second floor.

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Manhattan Beach’s Petros Benekos will be bringing his Greek/Californian cooking north with an outpost of Petros Speakeasy on the second floor.

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Signs have gone up confirming that Orange County’s wildly popular Mexican restaurant Javier’s is indeed moving into the old Season’s 52 space.

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And if you look carefully at the Gulfstream photo above, you’ll see mentioned that Taiwanese noodle and dumpling experts Din Tai Fung is coming along with the wildly-anticipated and oft reported Eataly.

What’s now open:

LA’s latest branch of New York’s popular Shake Shack opened last week to long lines.

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Hillstone Restaurant Group Expands Into Montecito

It wasn’t that long ago that an old-timey nursery sat at 1255 Coast Village Road in posh Montecito, a relic of the now-tony street’s utilitarian past that has disappeared to accommodate the patrons of estates worth millions just a stone’s throw away.  The nursery was demolished to make space for a new development that will house a branch of LA-based Hillstone Restaurant Group (Houston’s, South Beverly Grill, Gulfstream, Bandera), according to the ABC application posted outside.  This will be a prominent national chain presence in the sleepy seaside town known for its fiercely local and independent restaurant scene.  And while I can confirm neither an opening date nor the exact branch of the HRG, rumor has it that the new venue will be an R+D Kitchen.

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Honor Wines And Spirits Now Open In BH

If you’ve ever marvelled at the fact that you can get a bottle of Frank Family chardonnay for $34 at South Beverly Grill, or Shafer at Hillstone in Santa Monica for $65, then you are well acquainted with the fact that the wine buyers at the Hillstone Restaurant Group (Gulfstream, Houston’s, R & D Kitchen, etc.) know what they’re doing.  Now’s your chance to take advantage of their expertise…  Just to the left of their South Beverly Grill and Honor Bar, Hillstone has quietly opened a retail store, Honor Wines and Spirits at 114 South Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills.  They offer a carefully curated selection and other perks such as no corkage in any of their restaurants when purchased from Honor, and table side purchase at SBG.  I was thrilled to come across a personal favorite, Stuhlmuller.

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