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Santa Monica Place postpones its reopening ... again

May 6, 2009 |  7:00 am


Santa Monica Place, a formerly enclosed mall that is being transformed into an open-air shopping destination with a rooftop dining deck, will reopen Aug. 6, 2010. That is behind the pace announced just in February, when owner Macerich said it expected an opening in mid-2010.

At that time, the Santa Monica-based mall operator said it was postponing the unveiling to coincide with the opening of a new Bloomingdale's, one of the mall's two anchor stores. The other is Nordstrom.

The redesign aims to better connect the mall with the Third Street Promenade.

Specialty retailers at the shopping center will include Kitson, Coach, True Religion and Ed Hardy, the tattoo-inspired fashion concept.

So far, five restaurants have been announced: XINO Restaurant + Lounge, a modern take on classic Chinese cuisine created by chef Chris Yeo; Ozumo, a San Francisco entry offering contemporary Japanese fare; Zengo, featuring Latin-Asian cuisine from restaurateur Richard Sandoval; La Sandia, offering upscale Mexican fare, also from Sandoval; and Pizza Antica, another concept from Northern California specializing in handmade pizza and other Italian fare.

-- Martha Groves

Image: Santa Monica Place