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Two Of O.C.’S Hottest Food Trucks Join Forces To Open Their First Restaurant In Irvine In 2015

IRVINE, Calif., February 2015 – Two of Orange County’s most popular food trucks, Burnt Truck and Dogzilla, have joined forces to open their first brick & mortar restaurant together.

BURNTZILLA Modern Eats, slated to open in February at Walnut Village Center in Irvine, will combine everything longtime fans of the two food trucks have come to love – all under one roof.

That means plenty of Burnt Truck’s tasty signature sliders and Dogzilla’s best-selling fusion hot dogs – all in miniature, snack-perfect sizes with a fun menu of mostly under $5 items. Guests can look forward to favorites such as the Mini Dogzilla, an all-beef frank with grilled onions, avocado, Japanese mayo, teriyaki, furikake sesame seed and seaweed seasoning and bacon bits; Cheeseburger Slider, with Angus beef, American cheese, grilled onions and avocado spread and the Fried Chicken Slider, with buttermilk fried chicken, garlic potato spread and country gravy.

“We’re excited to be able to present such a unique merging of two of O.C.’s most beloved food trucks,” said Stacie Ellis, senior director of marketing for Irvine Company Retail Properties. “We love being able to support local and talented chefs who are behind such a fun and approachable dining concept.”

The idea is to offer a variety of all-American modern snacks everyone grew up loving, but with an updated twist.

“It’s going to be the opposite of shareables,” said co-owner and co-chef Paul Cao of Burnt Truck. “We want to encourage guests to be able to try as much as possible and get a little bit of everything. That’s the way we love to eat and I think that’s the way a lot of people enjoy eating. It’s more fun that way.”

Both Burnt Truck and Dogzilla burst onto the Orange County food truck scene in 2010 and became quick allies after working alongside each other at various food truck events. Burnt Truck became known for its creative sliders while Dogzilla garnered praise for its Japanese-meets-American hot dogs; the guys have been featured on The Food Network’s Chopped, Eat Street, Carson Daily, Buzzfeed, Orange Coast Magazine, Best of OC (Orange County Register) as well as OC Weekly.

“We already share a similar culinary approach and we’re both serving our interpretation of American comfort foods – plus we all respect one another and all get along so great, it just made perfect sense to open a restaurant together,” said Martin Tse, chef-owner of Dogzilla.

BURNTZILLA Modern Eats is slated to open in February at Walnut Village Center, 14407 -14493 Culver Drive in Irvine. Information: burntzilla.com or 949.207.9799.

About Irvine Company Retail Properties
With three distinguished shopping centers including Fashion Island, Irvine Spectrum Center and The Market Place, Irvine Company Retail Properties also includes 36 neighborhood and community centers with a diverse mix of stores and restaurants.

Irvine Company Retail Properties has recently welcomed several exclusive retailers to its portfolio, including Nespresso, Urban Decay, SoulCycle, TLT Food, Urban Seoul, BRIO Tuscan Grille, Del Frisco’s Grille, Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana, Babette’s and more. For more information, please visit ShopIrvineCompany.com.