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Fashion Island, Irvine Spectrum Center Welcome New Stores, Restaurants For 2014

Adding to its diverse collection of established retailers and brands, Irvine Company Retail Properties welcomes several exclusive new dining and shopping concepts

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., Feb. 12, 2014 —  Shopping is more than just an activity at our retail and lifestyle centers – it’s an experience. At Fashion Island, it means having access not only to top-tier brands and boutiques for the season’s hottest trends – it also means popping into some of the hottest restaurants in town for a truly elevated shopping and dining experience. At Irvine Spectrum Center, the impending completion of the new and expanded location of the country’s most successful Improv Comedy Club – in addition to the arrival of five exciting new restaurants – further establishes the center’s reputation as one of California’s most popular entertainment destinations. 

“More than ever, our retail centers offer more than just a place to come shop,” said Stacie Ellis, senior marketing director for Irvine Company Retail Properties. “We provide that complete experience – whether it’s a few girlfriends shopping at their favorite boutiques and then enjoying gourmet bites and cocktails, to date night at any of our amazing restaurants and state-of-the-art movie theaters, we’ve got it all.”

For 2014, Irvine Company Retail Properties is proud to welcome more than 40 new, exclusive and notable boutiques and restaurants throughout its diverse mix of regional and neighborhood shopping centers:

FASHION ISLAND

  • Orange County’s only Neiman Marcus debuted the world of Tom Ford with exclusive new Tom Ford shop-in-shops for womenswear and menswear, along with the full Tom Ford Beauty collection and Tom Ford men’s skincare line. 
  • California’s first and only Vince Camuto boutique opened at Fashion Island in January. The popular women’s footwear brand has been sold out of Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s and is known for its on-trend and dramatic heels that are also comfortable and wearable.
  • Founded in 1818, Brooks Brothers was the first ready-to-wear fashion emporium in America. Now the country’s oldest clothing retailer, Brooks Brothers remains a notable purveyor of high-end, classic American menswear, having outfitted a total of 39 U.S. presidents in custom-made suits. Brooks Brothers suits have also been featured in TV hits such as Mad Men and Gossip Girl, as well as in the 2013 film, The Great Gatsby. Brooks Brothers opened at Fashion Island in February.
  • Founded and based in Southern California, Travis Mathew is an established and progressive golf apparel brand with lifestyle wear and accessories. Travis Mathew opens in May.
  • Blue C Sushi brings its award-winning revolving sushi bar to Orange County, using only the highest-quality ingredients and sustainably-sourced fish for an interactive and delicious Japanese-inspired meal. Jeffrey Lunak, Blue C’s VP of Culinary Operations and former protégé of “Iron Chef” Morimoto, described Blue C’s cuisine as a hybrid of Japanese technique with American inventiveness. Blue C marries the traditional form of sushi with innovative and modern twists beyond the usual fusion rolls found in many American sushi restaurants. Case in point: Blue C’s TBLT roll, a take on the classic BLT sandwich. Crispy bacon, avocado, mayo and lettuce gets tucked inside a roasted seaweed paper and rice roll, then topped with Tahitian albacore that’s lightly seared with a torch. Blue C also uses state-of-the-art conveyor belt technology that alerts the sushi chefs onto tell them who made each piece of sushi, how long it’s been on the belt and what’s selling to deliver the freshest product to customers. Blue C is expected to open this spring.
  • Traditional Jewelers, Newport Beach’s preeminent luxury jeweler is set to debut its major expansion and new location at Fashion Island this summer. Showcasing top timepiece brands and the finest jewelry designer names of the world, including Patek Philippe, Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Cartier, Breitling, Chanel, IWC, Jaeger-Le Coultre, Marco Bicego, Ippolita, Tacori and Kwiat Diamonds – Traditional Jewelers prides itself on offering only the best in fine jewelry.
  • CUCINA enoteca, one of Orange County’s hottest restaurants, opens its second location following a successful launch at Irvine Spectrum Center. When it opens this summer, it will continue to offer California-inspired Italian classics prepared with organic and sustainable products and produce grown on local farms. Look for handmade pastas, antipasti, pizzas and plates large and small, perfect for sharing. CUCINA’s bar menu will be comprised of specialty artisan cocktails, craft beers and house-infused liquors. A feast for the palate as well the eyes, CUCINA enoteca will offer an atmosphere of casual elegance in a strikingly visual environment. The restaurant will be approximately 8,000-square-foot with outdoor patio dining, a retail wine shop, bar and community seating.
  • Letarte, an iconic Maui-based swimwear brand that blends bohemian island essence with chic global aesthetics, opens its doors this spring. Over the past decade, the coveted brand has developed a devoted fan base of loyal customers worldwide—including endorsements from Hollywood’s finest and internationally acclaimed media. 
  • Founded in Japan in 1947, Minamoto Kitchoan has introduced traditional “wagashi” or Japanese sweets to U.S. customers for years. From everyday sweets such as dorayaki (a pancake sandwich filled with azuki red bean paste) and daifuku (glutinous rice cake filled with azuki red bean paste), to elegant seasonal delicacies, Minamoto Kitchoan’s authentic wagashi confections are renowned for their artful presentations as well as for their taste. Minamoto Kitchoan has boutiques in San Francisco, New York, London, Singapore and Taipei. It opens its first Orange County location in May.
  • 2XU, a fast-growing technical performance sports brand, employs fabric and construction technology to take fitness apparel and sportswear to a whole new level. Worn by multiple world champions, endorsed by sports institutions the world over and praised by professional athletes from all disciplines, 2XU was developed by athletes for athletes. 2XU opens in spring.

IRVINE SPECTRUM CENTER

Orange County’s ultimate retail, dining and entertainment mecca will get an all-new Improv Comedy Club this spring, along with several new restaurant buildouts.

  • The country’s most successful Improv Comedy Club debuts its new and expanded location in April. Along with the new unveil will be Umami Burger, the popular chain of gourmet burgers. 
  • Sports Authority, one of the leading retailers for brand-name sports apparel and goods, opens in November. 
  • Opening in April, Motherhood Maternity offers a complete selection of the latest fashions perfect for moms-to-be and at prices that won’t break the bank. From sexy and sophisticated to bold and beautiful, Motherhood Maternity will keep moms-to-be stylish and comfortable.
  • Brio Tuscan Grille, a polished casual restaurant serving authentic, northern Italian cuisine, opens its first Orange County location this fall. The menu features premium quality steaks, chops seafood and made-to-order pastas, similar to what one would find in an authentic ristorante in Tuscany. BRIO will be 7,500 square-feet, with an additional 3,700 square-feet in outdoor patio space for al fresco dining. 
  • Del Frisco’s Grille, an award-winning restaurant known for its creative twists on American comfort classics, opens this fall at Irvine Spectrum Center. With a modern American bar perfect for gathering around for a local beer and oven-baked flatbread or bottle of wine with a great steak, Del Frisco’s may very well become your new afterwork hangout. Del Frisco’s Grille will be 8,000-square-feet with a private dining room and 1,000 square-foot patio. 
  • Fast-fashion boutique Stella Laguna Beach brings its affordable and stylish apparel and accessories this summer.  
  • Daniel Shemtob, winner of The Food Network’s Great Food Truck Challenge, is back with a new brick-and-mortar concept this fall: TLT Food. It’s a fast-casual, chef-driven dining destination with modern spins on comfort food such as blue crab grilled cheese, beef shortrib quesadilla, potato tacos, pork belly nachos, carnitas fries and sambal wings, to name a few. 
  • LYFE Kitchen, an acronym for “Love Your Food Everyday,” showcases a menu developed by acclaimed chefs Art Smith, Tal Ronnen and Jeremy Bringardner. Slated to open in November, the health-conscious restaurant will feature chef-inspired, delicious recipes and plant-based proteins. All LYFE Kitchen dishes contain fewer than 600 calories and 1,000 milligrams of sodium, with most choices containing much less. Guests will enjoy signature dishes such as Art’s Unfried Chicken and Tal’s Ancient Grains Bowl which feature responsibly-sourced ingredients from local farms and sustainable whenever possible, and rely on herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables to deliver outstanding flavors. The diverse menu offers choices to meet any guests’ personal food policies, including menus for guests who prefer or require gluten‐free choices, vegetarian or vegan options. LYFE Kitchen also creates unique beverages like its popular Kale‐Banana smoothie, inspired by LYFE Kitchen ambassador and pro‐football star Troy Palomalu, and features prominent wines and locally-produced craft beers.
  • Pho Saigon Pearl, a fast-casual restaurant opening in November, will serve traditional Vietnamese favorites such as crispy eggrolls, pho noodle soup (try it with Filet Mignon beef), as well as a popular rice dish called com bo luc lac, or shaken Filet Mignon beef with rice. 

THE MARKET PLACE

  • Pieology, an innovative, create-your-own pizza concept, will open its third Orange County location in April 2014, following its south O.C. debut at Irvine Spectrum Center. Pieology is unique in that customers can create their own 12” pizzas with unlimited fresh toppings for only $7.50. The pizzas are baked to order in the energy efficient pizza oven and are ready to eat in less than five minutes. There is also a menu of traditional pizzas for those who prefer to not custom order and extra toppings can be added at no extra charge. Pieology also serves fresh-tossed salads and desserts including cinnamon-dusted pizza crust strips.
  • Veggie Grill, the growing fast-casual chain restaurant committed to revolutionizing vegetarian food, is opening its 26th location in April 2014. The menu offers a full range of soups, salads, burgers, hot sandwiches, home-style plates, and desserts – all made fresh to order. Everything on the menu is plant-based and free of animal fat, dairy, eggs, cholesterol, hormones, trans fat, and high-fructose corn syrup. Redefining American comfort food, the Grillin’ Chickin’ sandwich is layered with flavor from creamy avocado, zesty cilantro pesto and chipotle ranch. And Veggie Grill’s sweet potato Sweetheart Fries has been named “Best Fries in Orange County” by The Orange County Register.
  • Class 302, the popular Taiwanese snack shop specializing in shaved snow desserts, will open its doors May 2014. The fluffy frozen treat is a favorite among foodies with a sweet tooth, with flavors such as mango shaved snow topped with fresh mango chunks and drizzled with sweetened condensed milk or the green tea shaved snow with sweet red beans and chewy mochi balls. Also find savory Taiwanese snacks and dishes such as popcorn chicken, sizzling platters of peppercorn beef and spicy beef noodle soup.
  • Mizu Sushi Bar & Grill, a contemporary Asian-inspired restaurant that will feature a menu of Japanese and Korean dishes, opens its second Orange County restaurant in May. The Market Place location will feature a 6,200 square-foot dining area with a 600-square-foot patio. Guests can look forward to favorite Asian fare such as sushi, sashimi, udon, Korean BBQ and more, in addition to signature cocktails, sake, domestic and imported beers and wines.
  • Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, an award-winning sandwich shop that remains true to its 37-year tradition of slow-roasting premium meats in-house every night, opened in January. Its signature sub, The Bobbie, voted “Greatest Sandwich in America” by thousands of AOL readers, is crafted with in-house roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, homemade stuffing and touch of mayo on a baked roll. The new location will also offer catering services and vegetarian options such as the Veggie Cole Turkey which features veggie turkey, provolone cheese, Russian dressing, cole slaw and mayo. Capriotti’s fresh ingredients, homemade subs and unique menu items have won numerous accolades including being named one of the “10 Great Places for a Surprising Sandwich” by USA Today and is a recent winner of “Best of” awards in Delaware, Las Vegas, Dallas, Quad Cities, Eastern Shore and San Diego. 
  • Islands Restaurant, the popular beach-inspired burger chain, adds to its more than 50 restaurants throughout Southern California and Arizona when it opens its newest outpost at the Market Place in February. Offering island-style burgers and fries, along with tacos and sandwiches, this Southern California favorite adheres to the basic philosophy that fresh food, friendly service and a laid back atmosphere is the perfect end to any day.

CRYSTAL COVE SHOPPING CENTER

  • Because every bride-to-be deserves a bit of magic when finding the perfect dress, Casablanca Bridal offers a truly memorable shopping experience. The established brand’s gorgeous new flagship boutique in Orange County features both made-to-order and ready-to-wear bridal gowns that are truly customizable so the bride can have her dream wedding dress exactly the way she wants. From the moment the bride arrives, to trying on dresses for select family and friends, Casablanca Bridal strives to make finding the dress a worthwhile and special occasion all its own. To further enhance the shopping experience, bridal gown fittings will also feature video imagery of an array of wedding locations and specially selected music for each client, along with photography to help capture the true feel of the bride’s big day.
  • Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana will join the small but growing cadre of true Napoli-style pizzamakers in Orange County when it opens in spring. Using artisanal ingredients sourced from Italy, Settebello’s thin-crusted pies are blistered and baked to perfection in a 1,000-degree brick oven in under two-minutes. Must-orders include the Pizza Carbonara, with crushed tomatoes, pancetta, egg, mozzarella, cracked pepper and extra virgin olive oil or of course, the classic Margherita DOC, with crushed tomatoes, fresh buffalo mozzarella, basil, parmigiano reggiano and extra virgin olive oil.
  • Babette’s, one of East Hampton’s most popular neighborhood eateries, is set to open this spring. Specializing in farm-picked produce and organic, sustainably-sourced meats and seafood, Babette’s will offer breakfast, lunch, dinner and bar service. The  menu will feature healthful selections such as multigrain flatbread pizzas, sesame-crusted tofu or smoked tempeh, a Tunisian salad of pomegranate seared salmon or papadum-crusted tofu over a bed of cous cous, haricot verts, arugula and mint in a tandoori dressing. Additionally, handheld favorites will include organic Moroccan-spiced turkey burgers or falafel to grass-fed organic beef burgers and lentil vegetable walnut burgers. 

EASTBLUFF VILLAGE CENTER

  • From one of Orange County’s most beloved chefs comes Provenance, a true farm-to-table concept where many of the ingredients will be sourced directly from the restaurant’s own 1,300-square-foot organic garden. Chef Cathy Pavlos, from the popular Lucca Café, will offer elements of California’s wine country in her new rustic farmhouse-style restaurant, along with a full bar featuring seasonal, artisanal cocktails. Lunch will feature an array of delectable sandwiches using scratch-made bread: there’s turkey meatloaf, which California Farmstead cheddar, housemade smoked bacon, cippoline in agrodulce, tomato jam and sweet pepper jelly and also roasted leg of Colorado lamb with lemon confit, mixed chards and kalamata olive aioli – Grandma’s sandwiches, these ain’t. For dinner, there’s certified Angus beef ribeye with bone marrow bordelaise, handcut fries, compressed pantry pears and Roquefort cheese; veal shortribs with roasted potatoes, lemon gremolata, basil and fennel; and Tuscan bone-in Black Canyon porterhouse steak platter for two – and that’s just a small sampling of what’s to come. Provenance is slated to open mid-March.

BAYSIDE CENTER

  • Sapori Ristorante, one of coastal Orange County’s most beloved Italian neighborhood eateries, will soon add artisanal pizza to its repertoire. The restaurant, which has been owned and operated by the Manciani family for nearly 25 years, will debut its new pizzeria right next door. Sapori Pizzeria will feature an authentic brick oven imported direct from Italy. The custom-built, pure wood-burning oven will fire up authentic Neapolitan pies in 90 seconds. On the menu? Capricciosa pie, with San Marzano tomatoes, artichokes, mushroom, ham, housemade mozzarella, Pecorino Romano, basil and extra virgin olive oil. The signature Sapori pizza will come with grape tomatoes, Sicilian oregano, fresh garlic, basil and extra virgin olive oil. Sapori Pizzeria is slated to open in spring.