The iconic Beverly Center in Los Angeles is about to get a $500 million overhaul that will add more dining options and sunshine to the enclosed space.
The renovation begins in late March and will add skylights to the eight-story structure and a perforated steel exterior with windows to open the building to the outside.
Dining will take on a new focus, according to the Los Angeles Times, with 10 new dining destinations, including two by Michelin-starred chef Michael Mina.
A multiconcept food hall called "The Street" will be on the center's eighth-floor dining terrace. Designed to look like a bazaar, it will serve offerings from Chef Mina and approximately 15 to 18 other concepts.
"The food is the most dramatic," William Taubman, chief operating officer of Taubman Centers, told the Times. "We have been by far the weakest in food historically, and we will now become the strongest."
Mina will also have a restaurant on the ground floor, acting as a destination or anchor tenant. That concept will be part of a row of street-level restaurants along West Third Street, complete with dedicated valet parking.
"In re-envisioning Beverly Center, we are looking to create LA's signature urban shopping and dining experience, as well as an exciting, pedestrian-friendly anchor to one of the most creative and diverse neighborhoods in the world," Robert Taubman, president and CEO, said in a statement. "The center is a key asset in our portfolio, and after renovation we believe it will become one of the top 10 retail centers in the nation."
The Beverly Center will continue to be anchored by Bloomingdale's and Macy's, with additions to the retail lineup to be announced later. There will also be a flexible center court featuring a large LED screen, seating areas, and room for exhibitions and installations.
The Beverly Center opened in 1982, and like many older enclosed malls is in need of an upgrade. Mall operators have been reimagining the shopping experience to create lifestyle centers complete with gathering spaces, dining options, and new technology including mobile features and apps.
-See this L.A. Times article
-See this Taubman Centers press release
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