Five new restaurants on their way to Spectrum Center

March 11, 2014 by  

Irvine Company, owner of the Irvine Spectrum Center mall, is axing parking and adding dining in a bid to expand the restaurant choices at the popular shopping spot.

Five new restaurants, housed in three new buildings, are under construction but it requires reducing the available parking by 300 spaces. However, ample parking will still be available and, during the building phase, five additional shuttle buses will be added to ferry shoppers from distant lots.

The new restaurants are part of an expansion strategy underway now that the economy is in recovery mode. Irvine Company wants to bring in trend-setting eateries rather than chain franchises to build the Spectrum Center’s reputation as a place for fine cuisine and fashionable merchandise. About 13% of all the leasable space at Spectrum is now devoted to food, up from 10% a year ago. Mike Lyster, a spokesman for Irvine Company, said:

“Restaurants are the primary reason people come to the Spectrum. We want to keep adding a variety of selections. There’s demand for it.”

From wholesale food distributors, to farmers’ markets, to the local print companies that produce menus and flyer printing services, new restaurants offer the potential for added profits.

Three restaurants (TLT Food, Pho Saigon Pearl, and Lyfe) will share a new 44,000 square building scheduled for completion in the fall. The two other restaurants (Brio Tuscan Grille and Del Frisco’s Grille) are slated to have their own, separate facilities.