The 10-year-old Grove was built to be the Anti-Mall. Everything, from the height of each streetlight down to the exact height of the curb is so calculated so as to appear as if it were…not. It’s a collection of stores within the same structure, but meticulously manufactured to evoke a stroll down the street – with fake snow in the “winter,” to boot. But that is the masterpiece that is The Grove, and its success at that intangibly cozy feel doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon.
Formerly known as the mall kids went to to find rare sneakers, the Culver City Mall shed its Fox Hills image and opened to the public late last week after a $180-Million makeover – the latest Westfield reinvention. Opening week may be a time as good as any to test their experiment out – proof that Korean food in LA now bleeds. Barring a fair shot at the other food court options, you can always make a beeline to KyoChon, a favorite Korean fried chicken joint amongst foodies (or peep for the full list). Well, Hot Dog on a Stick is all it takes to draw me in, but I’ve never even had KyoChon yet so Culver City will be my excuse. I’m also going to at least peep my head inside Manna Korean BBQ to spy on their layout and music selection – just see if they pump out 160 BPM K-Pop on loop while diners wolf down all-you-can-eat poor cuts as in their Olympic Blvd location. Inferring from PR images I’ve peeped, it seems as though the dining layout will be similar to that of the Westfield Century City open dining terrace concept. Other fronts slated to open later on include Yen Sushi & Karaoke and CrÃ¨me de la Crepe.
It’s opening week – so starting today, Monday, October 12 til Sunday, October 18 this Westfield rendition will be celebrating a la Taste & Tunes. KCRW is hosting a Digital Music Lounge where listeners can experience “virtual live sessions from inside KCRW music studios” with Jason Bentley at the helm. Entertainment will be provided during lunch and at happy hour. Also, for the entire week, customers will receive a scratcher card – the prizes for which include free drinks and food from any of the dining options inside Westfield Culver City. Also, don’t forget to stop by the Westfield Gift Shop to enter to win a 50″ Insigna plasma HDTV.
If you’re making a trip of it and bringing the kids, be sure to visit on Wednesday, when Radio Disney will host an “After School Break” concert and Westfield Culver City will kick off their weekly “Kids Eat Free” promotion by participating eating fronts. Saturday, newcomer Mayer Hawthorne of Stones Throw Records will be performing in concert at 3 PM.
Monday, October 12 – Sunday, October 18
Westfield Culver City
6000 Sepulveda Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90230