Photos by Ben Brown and courtesy Farmer Boys and Fork & Salad
Lunetta Expands with New, Higher-End Dining Concept
Lunetta All Day has expanded beyond its fast-casual roots to Lunetta Dining and The Moon Bar, located right next door. The sophisticated concepts allow Executive Chef and former pro surfer Raphael Lunetta—one of the first chefs to popularize farm-to-table dining—to flex his culinary muscle, as well as provide an intimate setting for guests to enjoy an upscale meal in East Santa Monica.
Lunetta Dining unveils impeccably complex, yet approachable dishes that showcase everything about L.A.’s contemporary dining scene. Beverage Director and Sommelier Kristine Bocchino’s wine and cocktail program matches the same exoticism and attention to detail, with both food and drink boasting artistic presentation and a pleasantly reckless incorporation of flowers that puts a smile on your face. Lunetta and Bocchino are joined by Partner and Proprietor Mike Garrett [Voda, Lounge 217, Falcon, Anisette, Pearl Dragon] and Daniel Weinstock [Spago, Maple Block Meat Co.] for a combined wealth of restaurant experience at the helm.
Farm-to-table continues to ring true at Lunetta Dining, with an ever-changing menu to reflect seasonal flavors. Summer brings dishes such as grilled nectarines with machego and prosciutto, ahi tuna tartare, New Zealand rack of lamb and wood-grilled loup de mer and Spanish octopus. Drinks such as the Honey Ryder, the Tired but Wired and the Not Your Mama’s Negroni allow Moon Bar to share Lunetta Dining’s motif of familiarity with exploratory nuances.
Death & Co. Expands to Los Angeles
Death & Co., a New York cocktail bar that’s been considered ‘one of America’s greatest,’ is making its way to the arts district in DTLA. The East Village establishment has built its reputation off its attention to detail and its universal craft approach.
What looks to be a 3,000 square foot bar and kitchen area isn’t set to open until next year. In the meantime, interested parties can sign up to own a piece of the company via SeedInvest, which is offering stakes starting at $1,000 at the time of this writing. The overall value of the company is listed at roughly $13 million.
Fork & Salad’s First US Mainland Store to Open in Old Towne Orange
Fork & Salad, the Maui-based eatery with a mission to make healthy, farm-to-table cuisine accessible to the masses, plans to open its third corporate location and first U.S. mainland store in Orange, CA. The location, 240 W. Chapman Avenue, which will double as a training store for future franchisee operators, is slated to open before the end of 2018.
The new Orange County restaurant will be located in a historically restored building that features original brick construction from 1922 and open wood truss beams. The 1,500+ square foot space will have seating for more than 45 guests and be located in the walkable district of Old Towne Orange. Fork & Salad’s menu options include build-your-own and signature salads, produce-forward sandwiches, gluten-free items, kombucha on draft and more, which can be enjoyed in-store or for take-out and pick-up via phone ordering or the Fork & Salad mobile app.
New San Diego Food Hall Set to Open in Poway
Outpost, a new $35 million mixed-use development project that broke ground in Poway last month, will include a food hall that features with more than 15 food vendors. The food hall will be part of a three-building complex that includes residential and commercial space. The 1.58-acre development, located at 13247 Poway Road, aims to be a new town center for the area.
The 20,000+ square foot food hall will take up two stories, including a 6,500 square foot patio on the top floor. Food and beverage options look to include several concepts from 3 Local Brothers Group. Co-founded by Grant Tondro, a Poway native, 3 Brothers Group properties include Urge Gastropubs, The Barrel Room in Rancho Bernardo, Brothers Provisions, Mason Ale Works and Mason Coffee Works.
Farmer Boys Opens 9th Orange County Restaurant
in the City of La Habra
Farmer Boys, the popular fast-casual burger concept with 92 locations throughout California and Nevada, has opened its ninth Orange County restaurant in the city of La Habra at 602 South Harbor Boulevard. The La Habra location, which offers on-site parking and a double-lane drive thru, is open Monday-Thursday from 6 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 6 a.m.-11 p.m., and Sunday 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Long-time franchisee Joseph Sadek will own and operate the new La Habra location. Sadek, with over thirty years in the restaurant industry, has been a Farmer Boys franchise owner for twelve years. He became interested in joining the Farmer Boys family in 2006 while watching the burger concept grow throughout his hometown of Riverside, CA. Sadek has opened and now operates seven Farmer Boys locations in California, with the new La Habra restaurant joining two other Orange County locations in Brea and Orange.