Reader Brendan let me know that SocialEats, an Instagram-ready food concept from Los Angeles-based hospitality group K2 Restaurants, is coming to 6521 Pardall Road in Isla Vista, the former home of South Coast Deli, Dirty’s, On The Side, Tasters, The Spot, Espresso Roma, McBurley’s as well as the birthplace of The Habit Burger Grill and Kinko’s (now Fedex Office). The restaurant offers burgers, tacos, noodles, sushi, seafood, coffee, salads and more.
SocialEats describes its business as “a food discovery platform and space where modern cuisine meets a one-of-a-kind community experience, all built upon a foundation of stellar culinary concepts with a lineup ranging from globally recognized chefs to local rising stars.” The flagship SocialEats began as a traditional food hall when it opened in 2018 on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade but subsequently spun off a virtual version called Social Eats OnTheGo that has since opened in Hollywood, Mid-Wilshire, Anaheim, and Pacific Beach.
“We’re proud to introduce SocialEats; what we believe to be the next generation food hall,” said K2 Restaurants owner John Kolaski at the opening of their first location in Santa Monica. “SocialEats introduces a new era of the social dining destination, incubating new concepts alongside those proven successful, while streamlining operations under a single collaborative strategy. With the launch of our SocialEats Good Eats, Delivered Program we intend to expanding SocialEats and our restaurant concepts to new markets.” The SocialEats Delivered Program involves entirely electric, zero-emissions cars that deliver free within five miles of a SocialEats location. Visit thesocialeats.com
Top: photo by The Restaurant Guy, bottom: courtesy photo of Social Eats in Santa Monica.