Lunch in style at The Shops at Mission Viejo’s updated Dining Pavilion when it celebrates its grand opening next month, just in time for shoppers to refuel in between holiday shopping.
Meant to enhance the customer dining experience at the center, The Shops at Mission Viejo’s upgraded Dining Pavilion includes a color palette of warm, brown, and wood tones, accented by mosaic tiles and neutral tones that complement the darker wood details. Fresh orange and lime-colored furniture play off of the wood tones, displaying a contemporary and clean style. In addition to new flooring and lighting, the Dining Pavilion also showcases a more open layout that improves the flow of traffic and visibility throughout the dining area.
Additional highlights include high bar top counters and electronic charging stations designed so guests can work on their laptops or charge their phones while they eat. Other touches include communal tables big enough to accommodate large families or groups wanting to sit together, which is helpful for large parties or birthdays, common for the family-oriented Shops at Mission Viejo.
“A fresh look and feel is the perfect way to make our dining experience current,” said Patsy Sanquist, director of marketing and business for The Shops at Mission Viejo. “At Simon, we're constantly looking to help enhance the customer experience at our centers, and the dining experience is no exception.”
Renovations to the former food court began in August and will culminate in a public Dining Pavilion Celebration on Saturday, December 6. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., shoppers can get their fill of samples and special offers from Dining Pavilion eateries, which include Blaze Pizza, Charley's Grilled Subs, Great Khan's, Muscle Beach Lemonade & Hot Dogs, Panda Express, Paradise Bakery & Café, Rubios Baja Grill, Ruby Thai, Sarku Japan, and Smashburger.
In addition, The Shops at Mission Viejo is preparing for 700 square-foot standalone Starbucks with café-like seating, which is set to join the center next year, on the upper level in the Dining Pavilion. An additional food vendor is slated to be announced in 2015.
With festive holiday music playing throughout, the celebration will also include live entertainment, a face painter and balloon artist. The first 250 guests will score swag bags filled with retailer goodies, while supplies last. Giveaways will be held every hour as well.
The entire area now displays a clean, contemporary look to complement the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired style of the mall’s overall architecture.