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The Dining Deck at Santa Monica Place Aims to Take Mall Food to New Heights

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The entire top floor of the newly-remodeled Santa Monica Place is devoted to food, and is functioning as the mall's "third anchor," signaling the property's awareness that dining is a crucial component in a consumer destination. Three concepts are reflected on the Deck: an indoor fast-casual food court, six chef-driven full-service restaurants, and the artisanal-focused Market.

Two of the three dining areas will open to the public when the mall does on Friday August 6th, however an event held last night introduced the six restaurants to friends, family, and the media. Up on the open-air top level as the sun set on a brisk summer's day overlooking the Pacific and the always-bustling 3rd Street Promenade, we toured each of the six restaurants, making brief visits in each one to meet the folks in charge, and sip and sample their drink and food.