Longtime rival shopping centers Americana at Brand and the Glendale Galleria are tying the knot with splashy new improvements on Brand Boulevard in downtown Glendale.
The changes come as the side-by-side malls usher in new premium tenants — Nordstrom moving from the Galleria to the Americana in September and Bloomingdale’s opening just down the street in the Galleria in November.
Los Angeles real estate developer Rick Caruso, who owns the Americana and a portion of the Galleria, announced $60 million in improvements to the Americana focused on linking the Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s stores under construction at the two malls.
The streetscape along Brand will be improved with new restaurants, trees and landscaping.
“We are going to have one of the great boulevards in L.A.,” Caruso said.
New restaurants on Brand will include Din Tai Fung, a Taiwanese restaurant famous for its dumplings, and Bourbon Steak, a steakhouse operated by celebrity chef Michael Mina.