In addition, the existing dining terrace has already begun to introduce new dining options, including all-American burger joint, Johnny Rockets, which opened in early January; Korean eatery Bibigo; poke spot Kazanori Poke and Wraps (from the creators of San Diego-favorite, Pokirrito); and several others, with openings planned within the next several months and later into the year.
These are just some of the names that will join the center’s diverse roster of places to eat. The addition of these dining purveyors will further enrich Westfield UTC’s thoughtfully-curated collection of culinary, shopping and entertainment experiences that embody the relaxed luxury of La Jolla, the shopping center’s seaside community.
“We are proud to expand our epicurean portfolio with some of the most sought-after dining concepts in the industry, from local favorites to nationally recognized brands,” said John Alderson, Westfield’s vice president of development in San Diego. “Our goal at Westfield UTC is to provide a modern, one-stop dining district with something for every palate.”
For many of these new dining tenants – such as LA favorite, Din Tai Fung; Orange County go-to, Javier’s; New York City cult-favorite, Shake Shack; and upscale California wine concept, The Winery – this new location at Westfield UTC marks the first foray into the San Diego market.
Staying true to its San Diego locality, Westfield UTC is proud to offer local restaurateurs the opportunity to grow their presence in an ever-evolving culinary community.
“Westfield UTC is an ideal location because of the constant traffic it offers,” said Mark David, the co-owner of the popular eatery, Great Maple. “We serve three quality meals each day – breakfast or brunch, lunch, dinner – so patrons will be able to enjoy quality cuisine whenever they please on our charming open-air patio.”
Below are highlights of Westfield UTC’s incoming culinary line-up, all of which are slated to open in the new expansion in October of this year:
Arbor, the latest project from the owners of Queenstown Public House in Little Italy, will serve an eclectic variety of wine and craft beer, as well as small, shareable plates and organic sandwiches and burgers for lunch and dinner. An elegant yet stylish concept, Arbor will be styled by acclaimed designer Michael Soriano who developed the whimsical design for Queenstown Public House and other notable properties throughout San Diego, such as the mid-century modern Pearl Hotel and eclectic urban botanical lounge, Vin De Syrah.
The Winery Restaurant La Jolla will provide the same award-winning dining experience as its Orange County locations, which specialize in contemporary California regional cuisine. The Winery will also open a separate 1,000-square-foot wine bar in the shopping center, featuring a menu of small bites, grab-and-go food, and wine flights.
Din Tai Fung, the Taiwanese dumpling palace famous for its one-of-a-kind soup dumplings (or xiao long bao), has won legions of intensely passionate devotees from around the world.
Javier’s Finest Foods of Mexico offers authentic, elevated Mexican cuisine serving heirloom family recipes inspired by Co-Founder Javier Sosa. Patrons at the Westfield UTC location will be able to dine either al fresco on a rustic patio with bonfires, or indoors in a uniquely-designed space featuring handcrafted pottery, antiquated wooden beams and mosaic windows.
Shake Shack, the New York sensation with a “cult following,” is known for their roadside burgers and hot dogs, milkshakes and frozen custard, and their signature crinkle-cut fries. This popular eatery will also serve beer and wine to thirsty shoppers. At this location, there will also be frozen custard concretes featuring San Diego food purveyors. The Shack will be constructed with recycled and sustainable materials and the chairs and booths will be built from lumber certified by the Forest Stewardship.
True Food Kitchen will offer a collection of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free entrées in an inviting new setting featuring an indoor/outdoor bar, two patios, and a glassed-in “open” kitchen.
Great Maple, an already beloved San Diego brunch spot, will bring its signature mid-century modern decor and three-meal-a-day concept to Westfield UTC, feeding patrons from dawn til dusk on a large patio – perfect for people-watching. The restaurant’s fourth location, it will continue to cater to local taste by delivering the made-from-scratch recipes that have won the hearts of many.
Smokeyard BBQ and Chop Shop’s diverse menu includes signature entrees infused with South African influence: the highest quality seafood and steaks, slow-smoked BBQ, shareable appetizers, sandwiches, and burgers. The restaurant’s décor – an array of woods mixed with modern touches throughout the open space – will be enhanced by natural light from floor to ceiling. An inviting outdoor fire pit and chic, spacious bar will make for a lively and upbeat atmosphere.
For more updates throughout the year: www.westfield.com/utc/center-info/announcements.