Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) today announced four new restaurants will join Beverly Center's culinary lineup as part of the shopping and dining destination's $500 million reimagination. The restaurants -- Cal Mare, Eggslut, FARMHOUSE and Yardbird -- will be located on Level 1 and all are anticipated to open by the end of 2018. More award-winning, exciting concepts will be announced this year. "We have always focused on food as a key component of Beverly Center's renovation," said Taubman's Chief Operating Officer William Taubman. "In doing so, we have curated a collection of point-of-difference restaurants offering a variety of different cuisine and price points from which to choose. The experience will be unlike anything offered in the market today." Full-Service Restaurants: Cal Mare by Chef Michael Mina A brand new 8,200 square foot concept from James Beard Award-winning, Michelin-starred Chef Michael Mina, Cal Mare is a celebration of coastal Italian cuisine with Mediterranean and Californian influences. Conceived along with chef partner Adam Sobel, the menu will focus on seafood for satiating but light and healthy Italian meals. The restaurant's design will evoke the vibrant seaside elegance of Italy's Amalfi Coast with a nod to its contemporary southern California setting. "It's an honor to partner with Adam Sobel for Cal Mare at Beverly Center, as well as so many other chefs that will be lending their talents to The Street, A Michael Mina Social House, that we announced last year," said Chef Mina. "I am incredibly excited to share our celebration of global cuisines and our truly dynamic spaces with the Los Angeles community." Located on Level 8, The Street will offer a variety of cuisine from Chef Mina and approximately 15 to 18 other chefs. The food will be served from hawker stations reminiscent of the great bazaars of the world. The venue's indoor seating and outdoor dining terrace offer incredible views of the Hollywood Hills and downtown Los Angeles.
FARMHOUSE by Chef Laurent HalaszFARMHOUSE celebrates California's abundance of bounty from local farms, markets, dairies and purveyors, situated within a new informal dining experience at the revitalized Beverly Center. The menu will focus on a curation of four to six key ingredients per season that are at their peak freshness with rotating sharable dishes including vegetables, salads, meats, fishes, pizza and pastas, simply cooked in a wood-fired oven and wood grill. The 7,000 square foot space will be reminiscent of a modern California farmhouse with a relaxed feel, fire place, open kitchen and large bar. FARMHOUSE is the brainchild of Laurent Halasz, who moved to Southern California from the South of France close to a decade ago, bringing with him a lifelong respect for quality ingredients and simple flavors. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar by Chef John Kunkel Yardbird will be a 6,000 square foot house of worship to farm-fresh ingredients, classic Southern cooking, culture and hospitality. Helmed by award-winning restaurateur John Kunkel, the original location was recognized by the James Beard Foundation as "Best New Restaurant" and was named among "America's Best New Restaurants" by Bon Appétit. A modern take on Southern comfort means shared plates and critically acclaimed fried chicken, to name a few of the restaurants specialties. A crafted cocktail program and extensive bourbon menu round out Yardbird's hospitable atmosphere that includes an outdoor patio. Los Angeles will be the third city for this concept that also has locations in Miami Beach and Las Vegas. "We are very excited to be expanding into a major influencer city such as Los Angeles and to be able to call the Beverly Center our new home," said Kunkel. "We have found a pretty unique niche with the Yardbird brand and think we will be a perfect fit among the other amazing restaurants in the space."
Fast-Casual Restaurant:Eggslut Eggslut is a chef driven, gourmet food concept founded in 2011. It's inspired by a true love for eggs. The menu is a balance of comfort and innovation, celebrating food that appeals to both a novice and extreme foodie through classic comfort fare, all-encompassing its key ingredient -- eggs. No longer just a breakfast staple, Eggslut makes eggs appetizing all day, every day. The restaurant's focus is on the quality and taste of its food, consistent presentation and great customer service. Eggslut began as a food truck that roamed the streets of Los Angeles, eventually turning into a food stall in downtown L.A. Although the food truck has since retired, Eggslut has grown to multiple stores across Los Angeles and even in Las Vegas. Said Eggslut's founders: "We love food. We care about the way it looks and how it tastes and we strive to give one of the best breakfast experiences. We're excited about our new location in the Beverly Center and know it will be a great place for us to reach more egg lovers." Importantly, each new restaurant at Beverly Center will be easily accessible by pedestrians at the street level, while a new, additional valet entrance and new parking technology will make for easy access for those traveling by car. Beverly Center's renovation is not only transforming the dining experience, the project will also create a bright, contemporary and highly accessible exterior and interior that engages the center with the surrounding neighborhood and will expand the center's perfectly curated retail lineup that covers everything from fast-fashion to luxury. Every store is open throughout the renovation that is scheduled to be completed by holiday 2018. For more details about the project, please visit www.beverlycenter.com/renovation, or visit Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @beverlycenter. About Beverly Center Beverly Center is Southern California's premier fashion destination with more than 100 distinctive stores reflecting the diverse styles and tastes of Los Angeles, including a paramount portfolio of luxury retailers such as Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Saint Laurent and Salvatore Ferragamo. The center is anchored by Bloomingdale's and Macy's. The unique assortment of point-of-difference stores like Henri Bendel and Traffic, paired with the expanded fast fashion collection comprised of Uniqlo, H&M and XXI Forever and contemporary brands Halston Heritage, Sandro and Maje make Beverly Center the ultimate shopping experience. About Taubman Taubman Centers is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 27 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. 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