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The Market at Santa Monica Place Will Open May 20th

Rendering of The Market at Santa Monica Place
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Breaking tradition with the mall staples of ubiquitous big-brand food vendors, Santa Monica Place's The Market will feature an "artisanal food experience" showcasing local vendors. Today The Market's opening date, May 20th, was officially announced.

The Market will join the Dining Deck on the third floor of the fully revamped mall, completing the level and its all-food offerings. The Dining Deck opened in August 2010, and has six restaurants. There remains about 45,000 square feet, located above Bloomingdale's on the third level that has yet to be developed.

Described as "a collection of independently owned purveyors of high-quality, artisan, organic, sustainable and gourmet food offerings," The Market will include vendors selling "foundational foods" such as meats, olive oil, cheeses, breads, fruits and vegetables, as well as other gourmet ingredients, prepared foods and other merchandise.

So far, confirmed vendors include: Venokado (wine); L’Artisan du Chocolat (chocolates); N’Ice Cream (gelato & sorbet); Röckenwagner Bakery (baked goods); The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories and Community Kitchen (cooking classes); The Curious Palate (market-kitchen); and Kings Road (cafe).