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Food

There's A Fancy New Food Hall Heading To A Koreatown Strip Mall

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Döner kababs from Berlins, one of the planned tenants for FOODat 3500 Wilshire (via Facebook)
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Koreatown is biting into the latest trend of upscale food halls with the announcement of a new, two-story concept featuring some acclaimed dining destinations.

FOOD at 3500 Wilshire, as the straightforwardly named new food hall will be known, will take over a building across from the bustling Line Hotel, and will offer some promising-sounding, gourmet alternatives to the current occupants of Carl's Jr. and Asian-fusion chain the Flame Broiler. According to Eater LA, the revamped space will feature eight new tenants and seems to be more upscale than your typical strip mall food court. So far, the confirmed options will include döner kebab shop Berlins from W. 3rd St., the popular Carmela Ice Cream, and beloved Oaxacan restaurant Rocio's Mole de los Dioses, whose original location was set on fire by some jerks last year.

While a timeline of when the takeover will happen hasn't yet been released, and we're still waiting to see what other venues will be added, the plans for the new food court seem particularly timely. With the recent announcement of an L.A. location for Brooklyn's insanely popular 'Smorgasburg' market, a new food hall planned near LAX, and the ongoing revamp of downtown's Grand Central Market, this seems to be the Year Of The Food Hall. And according to Eater LA, Greenbridge Management, the company behind FOOD at 3500 Wilshire, also has plans for a food hall in Altadena.