Industry News | October 29, 2009

Santa Monica Shopping Center Inks Nine Fast Casuals

Bookmark/Share this post with:
Email this story Email this story
Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version
Santa Monica Place, the west-side shopping destination set to open in late 2010, announced plans for nine fast-casual restaurants for its signature rooftop Dining Deck. The new, three-level, open-air shopping and dining destination is now under construction just two blocks from the beach in Santa Monica.

Coming to the Dining Deck at Santa Monica Place are Charlie Kabob; Chick n’ Ribs; Fatburger; Manchu Wok; Pinches Tacos; Sarku Japan; Stefano’s Pizza; Sushi Itto; and Wetzel’s Pretzels. The indoor-outdoor, fast-casual component of the Dining Deck will comprise nearly 17,000 square feet in a modern design dominated by extensive glass and open views.

“It's fresh tacos with a view. It's a great new setting for an L.A. legend, Fatburger, now with an ocean breeze,” says Michael Guerin, assistant vice president of leasing for Macerich. “And it will be home to seven additional concepts that will help make the Dining Deck a real destination for easy and wonderful food."

Southern California's Charlie Kabob will bring its blend of Persian and California cuisines back to Santa Monica; Chick n' Ribs, a creation of local proprietors Jim and Louis Dorian, will offer home-style barbecue favorites; Santa Monica-based Fatburger will bring its burgers, homemade, onion rings, milkshakes, and more; Manchu Wok will specialize in authentic Chinese dishes; Pinches Tacos delivers a second location for the locally owned favorite across from the Chateau Marmont; Sarku Japan will feature made-to-order teriyaki and sushi; Stefano's Pizza is a local concept that will bring East Coast–style pizza by the slice and pie, plus other Italian specialties; the locally owned Sushi IttHo will create fresh sushi, sashimi, and other Japanese favorites; and Wetzel's Pretzels will add its own twist with pretzel creations, lemonade, and more.

"There is nothing like this in Santa Monica now," Guerin says. "This well-chosen set of quick concepts complements our collection of chef-driven restaurants on our Dining Deck to offer something for every appetite. The entire third level of the property is dedicated to exciting food experiences of all kinds and this plus the great views make Santa Monica Place thoroughly unique in the market.”