Westfield Century City Expands Its Food Court Space Considerably

Because so many of you are tracking the progress of the developing Westfield Century City Shopping Center, I’m giving you the details as I encounter them.  The latest?  The food court has expanded its floor space by a great deal.  I know it’s hard to tell from these photos, but a new glass wall has been built creating increased floor space.  If you look at the first photo, what you’re looking at is the erstwhile news stand that stood in the outdoor area across from the former Coral Tree Express ( on the far right of the photo).  You can see that the area is now enclosed.  The second photo is standing where the old doors used to be and looking toward Meizhou Dongpo, that is now just outside the new entrance.  What’s going to occupy all this extra space?  I guess we’ll have to wait and see…

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Here’s A Glimpse Inside The New Food Court Of The Westfield Century City Shopping Center…

Hey, I get it…  A great many of you are riveted by the transformation of the Westfield Century City Shopping Center and are constantly checking for updates.  I’m eagerly watching as well.  This is what the food court looks like right now…

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Z Pastabar Expands Into Santa Monica Place… And Just About Everywhere Else

It takes a brave eatery to give it a go in the sputtering food scene that is Santa Monica Place.  Apparently Westside Pavilion’s  Z Pastabar believes it has what it takes.  They are moving into the last open space in the food court.  But that’s not all:  The courageous carb purveyor is moving into the new Westfield Century City Shopping Center, and is opening locations across LA according to their website.  As a grand opening promotion, the upcoming Santa Monica location is giving away free food if you download their app.

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Here’s A Glimpse Inside The New Westfield Century City…

Like so many of you who keep checking this blog for updates, I too am excited and anxious to see what the new Westfield Century City Shopping Center is going to look like.  Recently, a new wing of the glam mall opened, albeit with few stores open yet.  Although much of this has been reported, here’s a look at what’s coming to the food scene…

 

 

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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Vanilla Bake Shop Finally Closes In Century City

One of the last holdouts in the rapidly developing Westfield Century City Shopping Center, Vanilla Bake Shop has finally closed.  Apparently, they may not be returning to the glitzy new mall once it opens sometime later this year.  The website states that the upcoming Pasadena location is where they are relocating.

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Take A Bao Disappears From Century City

I’ve been carefully watching the bleeding of eateries from the food court of the Westfield Century City Shopping Center.  While I don’t have confirmation, I’m beginning to wonder if the restaurants must leave because of an upcoming renovation to the court to keep it in line with the flashy new mall, set to be unveiled sometime next year.  The latest casualty:  Asian bun and noodle joint Take A Bao recently disappeared.  As always, I’ll keep my eye on things…takeabao