Just saw a preview in Time Out. https://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/blog/the-complete-guide-to-l-a-s-eataly-110317
No mention of a chicken station. The Eataly in NYC near Madison Square Park has one of the best roast chickens I have ever had. The chickens come from some local purveyor in Pennsylvania, which obviously can’t be duplicated here.
OMG, I just read the description of the wine shop. Sounds wonderful. Good riddance to Gelson’s and their horrible wine selection. And Eataly is open to 11:00 p.m., just like Gelson’s.
I think some places in the mall are going to suffer, like Gelson’s and Obica (which is overpriced and just okay in my opinion), but it’s compete or die.
As to crowds, I assume they are going to be bad. I remember being at Eataly in NYC a couple of years ago (and years after it opened) on a summer holiday weekend and the crowds were so bad, mostly with tourists, that I had to leave because I don’t deal well with crowds. Maybe we don’t have as many tourists here in Los Angeles? Eataly in NYC is fine in February – I guess the dreary weather keeps everyone away.
On another subject, anyone tried the upscale Mexican place that just opened at the Mall?