In the Hall

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Amar Santana
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Amar Santana launches his next project, a food hall, in 2019.

By Ashley Probst


“Top Chef” finalist and Orange County resident Amar Santana, who is the executive chef and owner of Broadway by Amar Santana in Laguna Beach as well as Vaca in Costa Mesa, is preparing to open a third dining establishment with his business partner Ahmed Labatte in early 2019. This new concept will feature a global food hall, appropriately named The Hall, at South Coast Plaza.

The eatery will include a Mediterranean grill, which will serve made-to-order salads, kebabs and shawarma, as well as grab-and-go options including sandwiches, pastries, coffee and juices. There will also be a full-service crudo bar, a charcuterie and cheese station plus, of course, wine and cocktails. The dining area will consist of casual and communal seating with high-top bar seats, low tables and sofas for ultimate relaxation. There will also be a small retail space for patrons to take a piece of the action home with them. (800-782-8888;

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