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Blancos Tacos + Tequila to Open in Biltmore Fashion Park

Blancos Tacos + Tequila will open its first Phoenix location by the end of this year.

It will occupy the former Ling & Louie’s Kitchen and will neighbor Zinburger and True Food Kitchen, all owned by Fox Restaurant Concepts.

“It’s no secret that we think the Biltmore area is a great place to open a restaurant,” said Sam Fox, Founder of Fox Restaurant Concepts. “It’s the city’s intersection for business professionals, shoppers and neighbors, who, we hope, will enjoy Blanco’s fresh approach to Mexican cuisine in an energetic environment.”

The popular Mexican eatery gained esteem at its first location in Tucson, which opened in 2007.  Shortly after, they opened a second location at Scottsdale’s Borgata in Fall 2008.

Blanco’s is known for its wide variety of taco’, enchiladas, and queso chips, margaritas, sangria and rare tequilas.

According to a restaurant spokesperson, “While the clean, vibrant, come-as-you-are atmosphere will mirror the original Valley locale, the third generation is defined by a twist to the concept’s hip cantina vibe.  A walk-up window will open to the Biltmore’s busy courtyard offering on-the-go ordering for those fueling up between rounds of shopping or those quickly retreating back to the office.”

The new Blancos Tacos + Tequila will be at 2502 E. Camelback Road in Phoenix.

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Ling & Louie’s Kitchen closes at Biltmore Fashion Park

Ling & Louie’s Kitchen, an upscale urban brand extension of the successful Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill, today announced its Biltmore Fashion Park location has closed.

Ling & Louie’s Kitchen debuted in December 2012 and the Camelback corridor location was established to test the new menu and concept. It was the only Ling & Louie’s Kitchen location.

Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill continues to be a successful and popular restaurant with locations in Chandler and Scottsdale as well as Anchorage, Boise, Denver, and Dallas with a new location opening soon in Minneapolis.

Michael McDermott, CEO of Ling & Louie’s Restaurants, LLC, said veteran restaurateur, Sam Fox will open a Fox Restaurant Concept in the Biltmore location late this year. Ling & Louie’s Kitchen closed Monday, July 1. Previously issued gift cards will be honored at Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill locations.

For additional information on Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill, visit www.lingandlouies.com.

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Ling & Louie’s Kitchen closes at Biltmore Fashion Park

Ling & Louie’s Kitchen, an upscale urban brand extension of the successful Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill, today announced its Biltmore Fashion Park location has closed.

Ling & Louie’s Kitchen debuted in December 2012 and the Camelback corridor location was established to test the new menu and concept. It was the only Ling & Louie’s Kitchen location.

Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill continues to be a successful and popular restaurant with locations in Chandler and Scottsdale as well as Anchorage, Boise, Denver, and Dallas with a new location opening soon in Minneapolis.

Michael McDermott, CEO of Ling & Louie’s Restaurants, LLC, said veteran restaurateur, Sam Fox will open a Fox Restaurant Concept in the Biltmore location late this year. Ling & Louie’s Kitchen closed Monday, July 1. Previously issued gift cards will be honored at Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill locations.

For additional information on Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill, visit www.lingandlouies.com.

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Jane Iredale Makeup Event at Citrine Natural Beauty Bar

Get naturally glamorous for summer at Citrine Natural Beauty Bar! Beat the heat and enjoy a pampering day on Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Enjoy a complimentary Jane Iredale full-size lipgloss and deluxe samples with any purchase of $100 or more. Spend $200 and Citrine will also provide you with a $20 gift card to use on your next purchase.

Light refreshments, amazing gifts and complimentary makeovers will be available.

The skin care professionals at Citrine will also be showing you how you can protect your skin from the summer rays with their amazing makeup and skin care.

Call to book your makeover now: (602) 955-2354.

Citrine Natural Beauty Bar is located at UNION at The Biltmore Fashion Park. 2502 E. Camelback Rd. Ste 148-K, Phoenix, Arizona 85016. 

Top 5: Arizona Malls, Experience AZ, Fall-Winter 2012

Top 5: Arizona Malls (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Arizona Malls — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Scottsdale Fashion Square

7014-590 E. Camelback Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 941-2140
fashionsquare.com
Scottsdale Fashion Square is a diamond in the desert, with more than 225 retailers, including Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Barneys New York. It’s the ultimate shopping destination.


Scottsdale Quarter

15279 N. Scottsdale Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
(480) 270-8123
scottsdalequarter.com
This new city district is one of the most unique shopping, dining and entertainment destinations in the Valley. With lounges, bars, movies, art and fashion shows, Scottsdale Quarter is a bustling hub of activity.


Kierland Commons

15205 N. Kierland Blvd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 348-1577
kierlandcommons.com
An intimate, open-air lifestyle center with extensive landscaping, upscale shops and restaurants, walkways, patios and courtyards that invite pedestrian interaction.


Biltmore Fashion Park

2502 E. Camelback Rd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 955-8400
shopbiltmore.com
The original luxury-shopping destination in Phoenix is a newly polished classic. Think Saks, Ralph Lauren, Escada, Apple and more. A delicious collection of restaurants, including True Food Kitchen and The Capital Grille, let you order up levels of flavorful virtue.


Desert Ridge Marketplace

21001 N. Tatum Blvd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85050
(480) 513-7586
shopdesertridge.com
Desert Ridge Marketplace delivers the ultimate shopping experience in a distinctive outdoor setting. Immerse your shopping senses in a unique blend of specialty retailers, restaurants and entertainment venues spread over 110 acres. The center’s 1.2 million square feet of retail space – home to more than 110 retailers and restaurants – bursts with color, energy and fun, creating a one-of-a-kind lifestyle destination you’ll want to come back to again and again.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012

 

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Ling & Louie’s Kitchen Concept will Debut at Biltmore

Restaurant industry entrepreneurs Randy Schoch, founder and CEO of Desert Island Restaurants and Michael McDermott and Jason Merritt, co-founders of Kona Grill and Rojo Mexican Grill, have joined forces to launch a joint venture dining concept in the Biltmore Fashion Park in early December. Ling & Louie’s Kitchen, an upscale urban brand expansion of Schoch’s successful Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill concept, will introduce the Ling & Louie’s story (where Ling’s Asian flair meets Louie’s American comfort food) to the Camelback corridor.

Similar to Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill, Ling & Louie’s Kitchen will offer Asian inspired cuisine with a contemporary American twist, but with even more exciting variations of American favorites including salads, burgers and sandwiches. Their signature dishes include Firecracker Chicken, Black Orchid Ahi, Braised Duck Flatbread and New Wave Pad Thai. Ling & Louie’s Kitchen will feature an upbeat full-service bar offering a variety of specialty cocktails, such as Ling’s Margarita and their famous Thai Mai, as well as a vast variety of beer including Ling & Louie’s Copper Ale, which is locally brewed, and a world-class selection of sake.

“With our modern Asian Cuisine and sophisticated take on American comfort food, Ling & Louie’s Kitchen will bring an inviting, but edgy lunch and dinner destination in a category of all its own to the Biltmore area,” said McDermott.

Development of the centrally-located 7,500 square-foot space, currently occupied by McDermott and Merritt’s Black Chile Mexican Grill, will begin Monday, Nov. 19. Black Chile will be open regular hours until Sunday, Nov. 18 at 9 p.m. Ling & Louie’s Kitchen will open in early December.

Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill has locations in Chandler and Scottsdale as well as Anchorage, Boise, Denver and Reno with a new location opening soon in Dallas. In addition to Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill, Schoch is well known for many notable concepts, including Nick’s Fish Market, Thaifoon-Taste of Asia, Black Orchid, and as a franchise owner of multiple Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Roy’s Pacific Rim and Romano’s Macaroni Grill restaurants. McDermott’s more than 20 years in the restaurant business include the development of popular dining concepts such as Kona Grill, Black Chile Mexican Grill and Rojo Mexican Grill.

For updates on Ling & Louie’s Kitchen, the first phase of this unique partnership between two hospitality industry innovators, visit www.lingandlouies.com.

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Celebrity Designer David Meister Creates Fashions Suitable For All Women

David Meister Cocktail DressThe next time you’re shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue in Biltmore Fashion Park, you may notice a couple new additions — celebrity fashion designer and dress guru David Meister’s fall 2012 and signature collections. Whether you are walking the red carpet or enjoying a picnic on a warm, fall day, Meister has a dress that will flatter and suit you.

Meister says his fall 2012 collection will consist of a lot of shine, both metallic and sequins.

When describing his fall 2012 collection, Meister says there will be a lot of color, but dark, subtle colors. “There are still going to be touches of illusion and embroidery with the sequins, but it’s mostly really great, easy, clean shades.”

Known for using fabrics with ample stretch and give, Meister says an important aspect to keep in mind while designing is not only ensuring the garment looks great, but that it feels great as well.

“I think stretch and knit is so important because it’s more David Meister Cocktail Dressmodern,” Meister says. “It’s comfortable, fits more body types, travels well, and it doesn’t wrinkle. I think very rigid clothing just doesn’t really suit or fit in with many women’s lives today.”

Speaking of suiting women, he has recently expanded his collections to include sizes 14W to 24W. Meister says some dresses work in larger sizes better than others; it’s all about finding the perfect fit — which is No. 1 on his list of styling tips.

“Fit is so important,” Meister stresses. “I always tell people that you can take a $10 dress, and if it’s altered beautifully to your body, it can look amazing. And you can take a $10,000 gown, and if it doesn’t fit, it looks like 10 bucks.”

No. 2 and No. 3 on his tip list include wearing the right undergarments and making sure you feel confident in what you are wearing, respectively.

David Meister and Sophia Bush, wearing one of his designs.“In order to look great, you have to feel great,” Meister says. “If someone is fidgeting and pulling at themselves, they are not going to look good because you can tell that they are not comfortable with themselves.”

These tips apply to everyone, including celebrities.

Meister has dressed countless celebrities, including Jane Lynch, Sofia Vergara, Viola Davis and many more. He says he wants his clients look and feel great and that his designs are timeless both on and off the red carpet.

“To me as a designer, something that is well designed should have a sense of classic-ness or timelessness to it,” Meister says. “So if the dress is beautiful now, you should be able to pull it out five years later, and it should still look beautiful and wearable.”

For more information about David Meister, visit davidmeister.com.

To view Meister’s fall 2012 and signature collections in person, visit Saks Fifth Avenue:
Biltmore Fashion Park
2502 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 955-8000
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Biltmore Lands All Natural Beauty Boutique

Coming in November, Citrine Natural Beauty Bar will be one of the many élite boutiques and local retailers to join Biltmore Fashion Park’s new UNION concept. A custom perfumery and all natural apothecary of beauty, Citrine uses the finest essential oils from all around the world, making it the Valley’s first and only custom perfumery bar where customers can blend their own alluring scent, based of essential oils.

Citrine Natural Beauty Bar will feature all natural beauty and makeup products, organic skincare and custom fragrances for those who love to pamper their skin naturally without harsh chemicals or parabens. Many will come from the most luxurious and naturally glamorous products from the beauty industry’s most exclusive product lines like Jane Iredale, Patyka, Per-fekt, REN, Kai, Apothia LA, Pure Plant Spa.

Customers can sip a glass of champagne (or tea!) while they blend the perfect scent customized to their personal preference. With options like French lavender, sandalwood or more exotic scents like cocoa and basil, Citrine Natural Beauty Bar is sure to give just that zest any scent seeker is looking for.

Citrine Natural Beauty Bar owner Melissa Lenberg hopes to benefit from the Biltmore name, but mainly wants to make her mark on the retail scene as being among luxury retailers.

“Biltmore Fashion Park is staple in Phoenix and being a retailer among some of the major power players puts my store right in the limelight that it should be,” said Melissa Lenberg, owner. “The new UNION concept will not only bring that Biltmore regular into my store but also new and fabulous local clientele.”

After working in the makeup industry for 13 years, now at the age of 30 owner Melissa Lenberg , decided to use her  knowledge and love for natural beauty  products by turning her expertise into a business. True to her entrepreneurial spirit, it was always important for Melissa to use the highest quality natural ingredients, with no chemicals, or parabens.

“I want to teach women you can be natural but glamorous at the same time.  You can use essential oils and natural products and still be done up like Marilyn Monroe if you want. The skin is the largest organ in our body and we should pamper it with the greatness it deserves.”

For additional information on Citrine Natural Beauty Bar visit http://citrinenaturalskin.com or visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CitrineNaturalBeautyBar.

Top 5 Arizona Malls (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Arizona Malls (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Arizona Malls — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Biltmore Fashion Park

2502 E. Camelback Rd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85016
602-955-8400
shopbiltmore.com
The original luxury shopping destination in Phoenix is a newly polished classic. Think Saks, Ralph Lauren, Escada, Apple and more. A delicious collection of restaurants, including True Food Kitchen and The Capital Grille, let you order up levels of flavorful virtue.


Arizona Mills

5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle,
Tempe, AZ 85282
480-491-7300
arizonamills.com
Arizona Mills features outlet stores for H&M, Hurley, Rue 21, , Forever 21, Kenneth Cole Company Store, Nike Factory Store, Sak’s 5th Avenue Off 5th, Tommy Hilfiger Outlet, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, G by Guess, Crocs, Burlington Coat Factory, JCPenny Outlet, and Victoria’s Secret.


Kierland Commons

15205 N. Kierland Blvd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
480-348-1577
kierlandcommons.com
An intimate, open-air lifestyle center with extensive landscaping, upscale shops and restaurants, walkways, patios and courtyards that invite pedestrian interaction.


Scottsdale Fashion Square

7014-590 E. Camelback Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-941-2140
fashionsquare.com
Scottsdale Fashion Square is a diamond in the desert, with more than 225 retailers including Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Barneys New York. It’s the ultimate shopping destination.


Desert Ridge Marketplace

21001 N. Tatum Blvd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85050
480-513-7586
shopdesertridge.com
Desert Ridge Marketplace delivers the ultimate shopping experience in a distinctive outdoor setting. Immerse your shopping senses in a unique blend of specialty retailers, restaurants and entertainment venues spread over 110 acres. The center’s 1.2 million square feet of retail space – home to over 110 retailers and restaurants – bursts with color, energy and fun, creating a one-of-a-kind lifestyle destination you’ll want to come back to again and again.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012

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Biltmore makes room for small, local retailers

When shoppers think of Biltmore Fashion Park, they most likely think of luxury department stores, such as the state’s only Saks Fifth Avenue, or high-end national chains, such as Williams Sonoma.

But the center’s owner has launched an effort to put more focus on small, local retailers and offer customers a unique boutique experience.

Owner Macerich will open the Union at the Biltmore, near 24th Street and Camelback Road, in November. Project managers have worked on the concept — which provides smaller spaces for these businesses — for nearly a year.

Four locally owned independent boutiques — Whoopie Baking Company,Citrine Natural Beauty Bar, Paris Envy and Frances — recently announced they will open locations at the Biltmore.

“We have about 18 (retail) spaces total, and we have 11 of the leases signed and the rest are in negotiation,” said Karen Litton,Biltmore senior property manager. “We’re in really good shape,”

Union will have space for a dozen 200- to 500-square-foot shops. The project also will house six smaller kiosks with one small restaurant and a coffee shop.

The stores will be on the east end of the shopping center between Stingray Sushi and restaurant Season 52.

Litton says local small businesses have responded well to the opportunity to be a part of the project.

“One of Biltmore’s competitive advantages is its mix of national, regional and local retailers, and so we thought, ‘How can we do more of the one-of-a-kind shops?’ and this is what they came up with,” she said.

While Litton said several businesses moving to Union already have stores in Phoenix, many of them likely would not have been able to afford the rent at the Biltmore apart from this project.

“If they’re renting 200 square feet, it’s certainly going to be less than making a commitment to a 10-year lease that is 1,000 to 2,000 square feet or larger. It gives them an opportunity to be in a great location and to start a business or to continue their business,” she said.

The Biltmore has expanded during the economic downturn because the recession did not hit its client base as hard, Litton said.

“Biltmore Fashion Park is strong, and we’ve been one of the original luxury centers for some time, and we have some very strong players here, so even though the economy is challenging right now, we certainly are doing very well in the center,” she said.

Frances owner Georganne Bryant hopes to benefit from the Biltmore name, but mainly wants to reach a customer who wouldn’t usually have wandered into her shop on Central Avenue and Camelback Road. Frances sells gifts and clothing for men, women and children.

“I was looking to expand, and I really love Phoenix, and they approached me with the project and it just seemed like a perfect fit,” she said. “It’s just kind of a different traffic area and a different location.”

She plans to use her Union location to draw customers to her larger shop, which will carry items not found at the Biltmore location.

“It’ll be like, ‘If you like this (the 500-square-feet shop), you’ll love this (the 2,000-square-feet shop),” she said.

Another attractive part of the move: The Union entrepreneurs will mix with larger, more well-known retailers.

“That will be great energy,” she said. “… Being in a mall like the Biltmore that is centrally located and has a lot of traffic, that’s really exciting and will bring more exposure for our businesses.”

Arizona’s small-business community leaders said the Union project could encourage other malls to increase their relationships with small businesses.

“I think it’s just an absolute fantastic idea to carve out a large space for several smaller businesses,” said Kimber Lanning, executive director of Local First Arizona, a Phoenix-based nonprofit representing small businesses.

“We’re starting to see these types of projects in adaptive re-use situations, meaning what are we going to do when big boxes fail and how are we going to fill them?”

Because Union isn’t filling an open space, and the Biltmore is a desirable location, the project does not have the sense of desperation to find tenants that some other projects seem to, she said.

“This is the first time I’ve seen (adaptive re-use) in a vibrant setting where there are already tons of businesses and customers introducing them to independent-concept stores they can’t see anywhere else,” said Lanning, who was a consultant for the project.

Valley residents will respond well to Union as long as developers listen to what the buyers want, Lanning said.

“I think all the national polls are showing that more and more people are thinking about shopping locally,” she said.

“I think people are looking for a unique experience. There’s a lot of people out there that are tired of the same old, same old.”

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Union at Biltmore Fashion Park Announces Inaugural Tenants

Four independently-owned boutiques will be the first tenants at UNION at Biltmore Fashion Park, which is scheduled to open in November.

Whoopie Baking Company, Citrine Natural Beauty Bar, Paris Envy and Frances are the first wave of retailers announced for the one-of-a-kind, urban and independent shopping experience.

The 7,200 SF UNION will be located on the east end of the shopping center between Stingray Sushi and Seasons 52, offering shoppers a mix of more than a dozen one-of-a-kind boutiques ranging in size from 200-500 SF, as well as a casual eatery.

UNION is an opportunity to bring small, independent entrepreneurs and artists to Biltmore replicating the unique retail mix historically found at Biltmore Fashion Park.

“We are really excited to be part of UNION and surrounded by local entrepreneurs who have a passion for their business in a well-established shopping destination,” said Laurie Lavy, owner of Paris Envy.

Paris Envy will offer a collection of handcrafted vintage and vintage-inspired home furnishings, décor and accessories. From zinc kitchen tables to crystal chandeliers, Paris Envy offers a diverse mix of specialty items including candles, jewelry and special gift items.

Whoopie Baking Company will bring its signature whoopie pies in assorted flavors such as Spicy Pumpkin, Mimosa, Sweet & Salty and Peanut Butter Cup to UNION, as well as other specialty ingredients related to the sweet treats including salted carmel and marshmallow fluff. Dog lovers can pick up a special treat — woofie pies for their beloved canine companions.

Local entrepreneur Georganne Bryant of Frances will join the UNION line up offering women’s clothing, shoes, accessories, books, paper goods, novelty items and art. Frances will also keep their original location on Central Avenue and Camelback.

“I’m thrilled for the opportunity to work with Biltmore Fashion Park and expand my business into this exciting new urban concept. Biltmore Fashion Park has always been a great landmark and I’m grateful for this opportunity,” said Georgeanne Bryant, owner of Frances.

Citrine Natural Beauty Bar, will offer discerning beauty and makeup buffs all natural, organic skincare and beauty products and custom fragrances for those who love to pamper their skin naturally without harsh chemicals or parabens. Citrine will carry exclusive lines and favorites such as REN, Jane Iredale and Kai fragrances beloved by celebrities.

To learn more about the UNION at Biltmore, visit shopbiltmore.com and become a fan on Facebook at facebook.com/ShopBiltmore.

True Food Kitchen

P.F. Chang’s Acquires Majority Ownership In True Food Kitchen Concept

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc. announced its agreement to acquire a majority equity ownership position in True Food Kitchen, a Fox Restaurant Concept specializing in healthy, locally sourced and globally inspired meals.

Rick Federico, Chairman and CEO of P.F. Chang’s, said, “We are extremely excited about this opportunity, as True Food Kitchen is a great brand with tremendous potential. The True Food Kitchen concept is aligned with the rising demand for healthier menu options, and the restaurants provide a fun and innovative dining experience. True Food Kitchen has already established a dedicated consumer following, and we believe the concept has significant opportunities for growth.”

In 2009, P.F. Chang’s extended a loan facility to fund early stage development of True Food Kitchen, with a right to convert its loan into a majority equity ownership position. In February 2012, after receiving authorization from its Board of Directors, P.F. Chang’s and True Food Kitchen’s partners mutually agreed to exercise the Company’s conversion option, which is expected to be completed during the second quarter of 2012. Upon completion, P.F. Chang’s will own 51 percent of True Food Kitchen, with potential rights and obligations that would enable the Company to increase its ownership to 90 percent or more in the future. Further details on the terms of the True Food Kitchen agreement are contained within the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K that will be filed today.

Sam Fox, Founder and CEO of Fox Restaurant Concepts, said, “Dr. Andrew Weil and I believe True Food Kitchen is well positioned to capitalize on the current direction of the food industry. We have formed a great relationship with the P.F. Chang’s management team and are extremely pleased by their commitment to continue our partnership. We look forward to making a difference in the lives of so many guests through the continued expansion and development of our True Food Kitchen restaurants.”

Federico added, “Sam and his team have done a great job creating a unique concept in True Food Kitchen. Upon completion of the conversion, all operation and development activities will continue to be executed by Fox Restaurant Concepts and the True Food Kitchen team, as our primary focus remains on driving growth at P.F. Chang’s Bistro and Pei Wei concepts.”

True Food Kitchen currently has four locations:

Biltmore Fashion Park

2502 E Camelback Rd #135
Phoenix, AZ 85016
P: 602.774.3488
F: 602.774.3489

Scottsdale Quarter

15191 N Scottsdale Rd #100
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
P: 480.265.4500
F: 480.265.4505

Fashion Island

451 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
P: 949.644.2400

Santa Monica Place

Santa Monica, CA 90401
P: 310.593.8300
F: 310.593.8301

Two additional True Food Kitchens are planned for 2012.