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Islands Restaurants Joining Roster at Rouse Mall in Carlsbad

Carlsbad-headquartered Islands Restaurants has joined a growing list of new restaurants in the dining line-up at The Shoppes at Carlsbad, the regional mall that’s in the midst of a major overhaul by owner Rouse Properties.

Officials of New York-based Rouse announced that the beach-themed, burger-centric Islands will occupy a 4,500-square-foot space at the mall, including a 1,300-square-foot patio, with an opening expected in the early fourth quarter of this year. It will be the 10th San Diego County restaurant for Islands Restaurants.

The 35-year-old company operates a total of 56 full-service restaurants in California and three other Western states, including one on Palomar Airport Road in Carlsbad. In a statement issued by Rouse, Islands President Michael Smith said the company was looking forward “to continuing to be a part of the Carlsbad community and have a presence at the growing (Rouse) property.”

Rouse also announced that Islands will be joined at the mall in early 2018 by the Los Angeles-based Wokcano Asian Restaurant & Bar, with a 7,000-square-foot space (plus a 1,500-square-foot patio) serving up items like fresh sushi, maki rolls and other Japanese and Chinese-style foods. It will be the first San Diego County location for Wokcano, which debuted in 2001 and operates 10 Southern California restaurants.

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The mall operator previously announced the coming arrivals of out-of-town restaurant chains including Dave & Buster’s (now open), Yard House and The Cheesecake Factory, along with fashion retailer Zara. Rouse acquired the mall from Westfield Corp. for $170 million in 2015 and is overhauling it to include more indoor-outdoor “lifestyle” elements, including new plazas and gathering spaces.

Initially known as Plaza Camino Real and later Westfield Carlsbad, the 47-year-old mall is located on El Camino Real near state Route 78 in northern Carlsbad, near the city’s border with Oceanside.

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