The Westfield Century City shopping mall is getting a major, Kelly Wearstler-directed makeover, including a number of new food offerings. Those dining options will begin opening next month and will continue to roll out in phases, building up to the big reveal of the long-awaited Eataly, set to open next summer.
Leading off the first round of openings in January is Din Tai Fung, the Taiwanese soup dumpling specialists for which diners tolerate legendary wait times at their existing locations in Arcadia, Torrance, Costa Mesa, Santa Clara and at the Glendale shopping complex Americana at Brand. This Century City shop will be the chain’s first foray within the city limits of L.A.
Joining Din Tai Fung for a January opening will be the upscale Mexican chain Javier’s Cantina—known now for their locations in Las Vegas, Newport Beach and Los Cabos—and a Shake Shack, according to a run-down in the L.A. Times.
Starting in April, a spring crop of new dining options will open, including a La Colombe Coffee Roasters and a Compartes Chocolatier. Expected not long after that are the Neapolitan pizzeria MidiCi and a group of three new Greek restaurant concepts from Petros Benekos, though none have announced official opening dates thus far.
All of that, of course, will be prelude to the much-anticipated opening of the West Coast’s first Eataly, the 50,000-square-foot complex from Mario Batali and Joe and Lidia Bastianich. Set to include multiple cafes, counters, bars and shops, much of the Century City Eataly is being supervised by Bastianich and Batali’s long-time friend and Mozza business partner Nancy Silverton, who has committed to giving this Eataly a special SoCal spin. Once it opens this coming summer, it’s sure to become a destination just in itself.
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