The District to Tustin Legacy is set to add several new restaurant tenants as the mall wraps up a $4 million renovation project.
The center – third in terms of OC sales according to Business Journal research – said it will add seven new restaurants by the end of the year, including the first local outposts for several international concepts popular.
The District has 1 million square feet of leasable space with 68 stores and restaurants, the largest being Together food, Target, Costco and CMA theater.
Plans for new restaurants, which range from a ramen concept to Korean-style corn dogs, come on the heels of the opening of Quick casserole and House Del Sol.
“District Tustin’s rental business has remained robust over the past two years, even amid the pandemic and we are poised to welcome several new restaurants and first-to-market concepts this year. It’s a positive direction and we look forward to seeing it continue,” Managing Director To nothing Maher told the Business Journal.
Physical upgrades to the center include fresh paint on the exteriors and upgrades to common areas, such as new artificial turf and seating. A new district logo will also debut in the coming months as the center celebrates its 15th anniversary.
The district recorded sales of $574 million in the 12 months ending June 2021, up 4.3% from a year earlier, while its visitor numbers jumped 35% to 2 .3 million, according to the Business Journal’s list of regional malls published in November.
New concepts run the gamut
Deidre Pujola business review 2020 Women in Business Awards winner, will open a social impact restaurant in The District that aims to provide education and employment opportunities for those re-entering the workforce.
Pujol’s cocine Dominican will open by June at the center canteen, union Marketand will include empanadas, sandwiches and rice dishes.
Japanese restaurant Rakkan ramen will open its first OC location later this year in the District.
Rakkan, which offers plant-based ramen broth with 40% less fat than traditional tonkotsu ramen, will open in late summer or early fall on the Promenade across from Tilly’s.
australian concept At Yomie’s Rice X Yogurt will also open its first OC location this summer at the mall. The restaurant offers a menu of rice yogurt smoothies advertised as a healthy alternative to boba tea.
Four more restaurants have been announced as upcoming tenants, including Korean-inspired ones Two-Handed Corn Dogs; popular southern california filipino bakery Cooked Dessert Bar; fast casual concept Pizzeria Sal; and at will OC KBBQwho will replace Jun Shabu Shabu.
The district isn’t the only OC center looking to expand its dining options to attract consumers to in-person activities.
Westcliff Square in Newport Beach welcomed EPO Breakfast Co. this month, marking the breakfast concept’s first location in California.
A premium extension includes Tiffany and company.the co-branded catering business of with the French-influenced group Petrossian at South Coast Squarewhich opened in April at the Costa Mesa luxury mall.