Four new dining options announced for SM Place

If the food court at Santa Monica Place wasn’t enough, the outdoor mall has slated an additional four gourmet alternatives for the third floor dining deck, officials announced this week.

The Market, which has been compared to, although on a much smaller scale, San Francisco’s Ferry Building or New York’s Chelsea Market, expects to add wine shop Venokado and N’Ice Cream, an organic gelato and sorbet shop from Venice. Röckenwagner Bakery, which will have a soufflé bar in addition to fresh baked goods, and the cooking school Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories and Community Kitchen also join the lineup.

Santa Monica Place has previously announced the addition of the Curious Palate, a market, kitchen and cafe combo, and King Road Café, a coffee shop, as other options for hungry shoppers.

The stores are expected to open in Spring 2011.

— Daily Press


Hope cheers up ice rink for the holidays

Winter wonderland in Santa Monica just got a little bit more colorful.

Bayside District Corp., Portraits of Hope and Herbal Essences have teamed up this holiday season to offer ice skaters more than just concrete to look at while they hit the ice at Santa Monica’s outdoor ice skating rink.

Organizers plan to unveil a painted garden of flowers, bright colors and other designs that will be featured under the ice and around the rink in a ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 10. The artwork is similar to designs painted on several lifeguard towers along Santa Monica Bay this past summer.

Portraits of Hope helps treat hospitalized children by providing creative therapy through public art.

The ice skating rink is located on Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue, and will stay open until Feb. 15, 2011. Admission is $10.

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— DP

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