Fleming’s & Il Fornaio to join Whole Foods Market at Santa Clara Square Marketplace

Fine dining restaurants coming to Santa Clara’s newest specialty shopping center scheduled to open in late 2016

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (April 1, 2016) — Santa Clara Square Marketplace has added two fine dining restaurants, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar and Il Fornaio, to the growing selection of dining options at the approximately 125,000-square-foot specialty shopping center scheduled to open in the second half of 2016.

“We’re excited to bring Fleming’s and Il Fornaio to Santa Clara Square Marketplace,” said Dave Moore, president of Irvine Company Retail Properties. “Residents and office workers have sought fine dining restaurants that are in close proximity. These highly regarded restaurants will be a great destination for mid-day or evening gatherings with colleagues, friends or family.”

Fleming’s offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience with USDA Prime meats and chops, fresh fish and poultry, as well as generous salads and side orders. The new Fleming’s will be set in a sophisticated, lively and inviting atmosphere, offering Guests an indulgent and elevated dining experience. Renowned for its steakhouse fare, Fleming’s is equally celebrated for the Fleming’s 100®, its award-winning wine program that features 100 wines available by the glass or bottle.

“This is our first restaurant in Santa Clara and we are excited to be a part of the community,” said Skip Fox, President of Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. “We look forward to bringing Santa Clara residents an opportunity to enjoy a premium dining experience with expertly prepared steaks and 100 wines by the glass.”

Il Fornaio will provide guests with the most authentic Italian experience outside of Italy when it opens later this year. Using the freshest ingredients and traditional cooking techniques, Il Fornaio offers a wide variety of premium-quality Italian food paired with great wines and craft cocktails in a beautiful setting. The twenty-third Il Fornaio will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Designed by Arcanum Architects of San Francisco, the interior will evoke a modern Tuscan farmhouse, similar to the look and feel of it most recent opening in Woodland Hills, CA in 2015. Executive Chef Maurizio Mazzon expects to name a chef for the Santa Clara restaurant later this summer.

“Santa Clara Square Marketplace is the perfect location for the next Il Fornaio,” said Michael Beatrice, President and COO of Il Fornaio. “It’s in the heart of the Silicon Valley, close to Levi’s Stadium and convention center, and it’s one of the few remaining neighborhoods on the Peninsula that doesn’t have a lot of full-service restaurants.”

The latest additions will join the center’s anchor tenant, Whole Foods Market, the organic and natural grocer opening a 50,000-square-foot flagship store at Santa Clara Square Marketplace opening this fall.

“We look forward to announcing additional top brands that will be coming to Santa Clara Square Marketplace in the near future,” added Moore.

Santa Clara Square is a 100-acre master-planned community that brings together office, retail and residential living in a sustainable live-work-play community.

About Irvine Company Retail Properties
Irvine Company Retail Properties’ portfolio features a distinguished collection of 42 shopping centers, including three celebrated regional centers, Fashion Island, Irvine Spectrum Center and The Market Place, and a diverse mix of neighborhood and community centers. Irvine Company Retail Properties has recently welcomed several exclusive retailers to its unique collection of stores and restaurants, including Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Sushi Roku, TAPS Fish House & Brewery, Mendocino Farms, Nespresso, Nike Women’s, Urban Decay, Del Frisco’s Grille and more. For more information, please visit ShopIrvineCompany.com.

About Santa Clara Square
Santa Clara Square, a unique destination in the heart of the Silicon Valley, will embrace a truly urbanized live, work and play ethos and lifestyle. The 100-acre sustainable mixed-use community includes 1.8 million square feet of office space, specialty shopping, apartment homes and a vibrant Main Street. Owned by Irvine Company, Santa Clara Square is a new model for Silicon Valley living and will be home to Santa Clara’s first Whole Foods Market, in addition to other specialty and casual dining, shopping and service-oriented retailers. For more information, please visit http://santaclarasquare.com.

About Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Nationally acclaimed Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar offers the best in steakhouse dining – Prime meats and chops, fresh fish and poultry, generous salads and side orders — with a unique wine list known as the Fleming’s 100®, which features 100 wines served by the glass. Fleming’s was launched in Newport Beach, California, in 1998 by successful restaurant industry veterans Paul Fleming and Bill Allen. Today there are 66 restaurants nationwide and one in São Paulo, Brazil. Fleming’s is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including Wine Spectator’s annual Award of Excellence. For more information about Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar and the Fleming’s 100®, please visit www.FlemingsSteakhouse.com.

About Il Fornaio
Founded in Italy in 1972 and based in Corte Madera, California, Il Fornaio owns and operates twenty-two full-service Italian restaurants in California, Denver, Seattle, Las Vegas and Reston, Virginia. Using the freshest ingredients and traditional cooking methods, Il Fornaio offers a wide variety of premium-quality authentic Italian food paired with great wines and cocktails in beautiful settings. For more information, visit www.ilfornaio.com.

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