Cal Mare, Eggslut, FARMHOUSE and Yardbird to open at Beverly Center

More award-winning, exciting concepts will be announced this year

LOS ANGELES, 2017-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) today (05/22/2017) 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 Coastwith 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 Halasz

FARMHOUSE 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 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, 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. Taubman’s U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry. Founded in 1950, Taubman is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Taubman Asia, founded in 2005, is headquartered in Hong Kong.

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Jenn Deese

Maria Mainville
Director, Strategic Communications, Taubman

Ryan Hurren
Director, Investor Relations, Taubman

Source: Taubman Centers, Inc.

Whole Foods Market will host 5 percent Community Giving Day to benefit GrowNYC’s Project Farmhouse on Jan.5, 2016

Fundraiser at all nine Whole Foods Market NYC locations on Jan. 5 to benefit GrowNYC’s Project Farmhouse

NEW YORK, 2016-1-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market, America’s Healthiest Grocery Store, will host a 5 percent Community Giving Day to benefit environmental organization GrowNYC. On Tuesday, Jan.5, 5 percent of sales from all nine Whole Foods Market New York City locations will be donated to support GrowNYC’s Project Farmhouse—a new education center focused on sustainability, which will open to the general public in summer 2016.

GrowNYC staff and volunteers will be at each Whole Foods Market location from 11a.m. to 3 p.m., educating the public about their work to provide all New Yorkers with a suite of tools and services they can use to improve quality of life, the environment and Project Farmhouse.

Project Farmhouse will be an international center for learning and exploration, opening in 2016. Imagine a central location for environmentally themed film festivals, panel discussions, cooking classes, conferences and more. With the project, GrowNYC will have a permanent, public home where it can serve all New Yorkers. Project Farmhouse will create community for all ages around a range of free and affordable workshops, exhibits, hands-on youth education and special events. Located in Union Square, near the Hyatt Hotel, Project Farmhouse will be a place to explore environmental issues through the lens of food, horticulture, arts, recycling, cooking, and more.

“At Whole Foods Market, we proudly share in GrowNYC’s belief that the entire New York City community will benefit greatly from Project Farmhouse – a place where everyone can come and learn about healthy eating, local food sourcing, renewable energy, composting and beyond,” said Christina Minardi, president of Whole Foods Market’s Northeast Region. “GrowNYC is a vital resource to the city, through the operation of their Greenmarkets, community projects and sustainability advocacy. We’re proud to be a supporter and partner of this fantastic organization.”

GrowNYC is more than halfway to its fundraising goal of $750,000; the amount needed to build out the space and cover the first year of programming. Whole Foods Market’s citywide 5 percent community giving days, which are hosted at all nine New York City locations, typically raise more than $80,000 for their beneficiaries.

“Our staff is out every day working alongside residents – organizing 53 Greenmarkets, including our iconic Union Square Greenmarket, building community and school gardens, helping all New Yorkers recycle more including through compost collections at Greenmarkets and hands-on education programs for all ages,” said GrowNYC Executive Director Marcel Van Ooyen. “Project Farmhouse is our dream. Whole Foods Market is helping us open the doors to provide  more free tools, services, and education that even more residents can take advantage of to improve their lives and others!”

Project Farmhouse is supported by the following generous donors: Victoria Contino, Robert J. Kafin, Liz Neumark, Karen E. Meara, TD Bank, Whole Foods Market, Pratt Industries, JetBlue, New York Community Trust (Himelberg Fund, Colin Gardner Fund), Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, New York City Council Member Rosie Mendez, Interbrand, Eugene Schneur, Charles Ramat, The Durst Organization, The Caliban Foundation, The Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, Breville USA, Joann Makovitzky, One Five Hospitality, Bridgewood Fieldwater Foundation and Gotham Bar and Grill, Band Foundation.

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GrowNYC is the sustainability resource for New Yorkers: providing free tools and services anyone can use in order to improve our city and environment. More gardens, greenmarkets, more recycling, and education for all. Learn more at

Whole Foods Market Locations:
Bowery – 95 East Houston St
Chelsea – 250 7th avenue
Columbus Circle – 10 Columbus Circle –Time Warner Center: Lower Level
Midtown East – 226 East 57th Street
Union Square – 4 Union Square South
Upper East Side – 1551 3rd Ave
Upper West Side – 808 Columbus Avenue
Third and 3rd (Brooklyn) – 214 3rd Street
Tribeca – 270 Greenwich Street


Christina Minardi
President – Northeast Region
Christina Minardi was born in Patterson, New Jersey and grew up in a bakery that has been run by her family since 1927.