The Irvine Company and Lark Creek Restaurant Group today announced that the San Francisco-based operator of highly acclaimed restaurants will open its first Orange County location in early 2013 at Fashion Island in the heart of Newport Beach.
The restaurant, Lark Creek Newport Beach, will be exclusive to Orange County and is set to open on the west side of Fashion Island near Nordstrom.
Founded by an award-winning team of industry veterans, Lark Creek Restaurant Group is a leader in creating and operating unique, high-quality restaurants that feature seasonal farm-fresh fare, extensive wines and artisanal cocktails, inviting ambiance, professional service and excellent value.
“Fashion Island is an ideal setting for Lark Creek in Southern California. It offers a homecoming for me personally, as my family home was just minutes away on Balboa Island,” said Michael Dellar, cofounder, president and CEO of Lark Creek Restaurant Group. “We have selectively expanded by seeking excellent locations and supportive landlords. We are confident that locals and Fashion Island visitors alike will take to Lark Creek’s unique story, just as the Bay Area has over the past 22 years.”
“Bringing Lark Creek to Fashion Island is part of our effort to enhance dining at our centers with unique restaurants from coastal California and across the region,” said Dan Sheridan, President of Irvine Company Retail Properties. “Fashion Island guests will be able to enjoy the quality food, wines and atmosphere that have made Lark Creek a sought-after Northern California favorite for two decades.”
The addition of Lark Creek is part of a strategic investment by the Irvine Company to further solidify Fashion Island as a premier dining destination in Southern California with unique restaurants that reflect the tastes of local residents and visitors.
Fig & Olive, an elegant Mediterranean restaurant with locations in New York and West Hollywood, is opening its first Orange County location at the south side of Fashion Island in 2013. Fashion Island also is adding 22,000 square feet of space with more restaurants and stores coming to the center in the next 18 months.
More than 40 new stores and restaurants have opened at Fashion Island since early 2010, including the first ever Ella Moss store, the largest Apple Store in Orange County, the first West Coast Vineyard Vines store and the only store beyond Los Angeles for trendy boutique Kitson.
Coming this summer is the first West Coast store by C. Wonder — the revolutionary lifestyle brand by Chris Burch that debuted in New York in October 2011 — followed by Newport Beach’s first Whole Foods Market, which will bring a pleasantly atypical grocery shopping experience to Fashion Island in the fall.
Lark Creek Newport Beach will offer chef-driven lunch and dinner menus featuring steaks and fish grilled over a wood fire, salads, sandwiches and pastas featuring local, seasonal ingredients.
The restaurant will serve a bounty of wines from Napa Valley, the Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Barbara, Mendocino and Sonoma counties, as well as international appellations. Artisanal cocktails from proprietary recipes with fresh-squeezed juices also will be featured.
Over the years, Lark Creek Restaurant Group has earned several Michelin Stars and James Beard Foundation awards. Today, the Company operates 14 restaurants including Michelin-star One Market Restaurant at the San Francisco Embarcadero and LarkCreekSteak and Cupola Pizzeria at Westfield San Francisco Centre. Other restaurants include Lark Creek Grill, Yankee Pier, Fish Story, Parcel 104, Bradley Ogden at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas and Moreton Fig at the University of Southern California’s Ronald Tutor Campus Center.
About the Irvine Company
Founded in 1864, the Irvine Company is an internationally renowned real estate development company known for its award-winning master-planned communities, its vast portfolio of high-quality investment properties, and its leadership in conservation and natural resource management. The growing real estate portfolio encompasses office, apartment, retail and resort holdings located throughout California’s premier markets, including assets in San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles counties, and holdings in Northern California. As a steward of some of America’s most beautiful and scientifically important open space and parklands, the company has donated to Orange County more than half of the historic 93,000-acre Irvine Ranch in Orange County — 50,000 acres — to permanently preserve these lands. The U.S. Department of Interior and the State of California have designated these parklands as “Natural Landmarks,” one of the most prestigious land preservation designations. The privately held, diversified company traces its roots to the 1860s with the formation of The Irvine Ranch® from Mexican and Spanish land grants.
About Lark Creek Restaurant Group
Lark Creek Restaurant Group, founded by award-winning industry veterans Michael Dellar, Leslye Dellar, Chef Bradley Ogden and Jody Ogden, is a leader in creating and operating unique, high-quality restaurants that feature seasonal farm-fresh fare, extensive wine and spirits offerings, caring, professional service and excellent value. Like most good things, the Lark Creek Restaurant Group grew organically and locally — starting in 1989 with The Lark Creek Inn and evolving into a portfolio of 14 restaurants, which today includes: One Market Restaurant, LarkCreekSteak and Cupola Pizzeria in San Francisco; Lark Creek in Walnut Creek; Yankee Pier in Larkspur, Lafayette, Santana Row in San Jose and at Terminal 3 in San Francisco International Airport; Parcel 104 at the Santa Clara Marriott; Bradley Ogden at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas; The Tavern at Lark Creek in Larkspur; Fish Story in Napa; Moreton Fig at USC’s Ronald Tutor Campus Center and Lark Creek Grill at Terminal 2 San Francisco International Airport. Company details and restaurant gift cards are available at www.larkcreek.com.
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