Top Chef Season 4 runner up and winner of Top Chef All Stars (Season 8) Chef Richard Blais is opening a restaurant in San Diego!! Partnering with Concentrics Restaurants, the Atlanta based duo's newest concept will be located on the outskirts of San Diego's Little Italy in an early century warehouse space and is anticipated to open in late 2013.
“Richard and Concentrics have a long standing history with exciting recent success. We are looking forward to creating another restaurant together that is just as popular as the FLIP burger boutiques and The Spence,” states Bob Amick, owner and founder of Atlanta-based Concentrics Restaurants.
The Johnson Studio has been retained as the restaurant architecture firm for its design.
“Our restaurant in San Diego with Michael Rosen gives me a perfect chance to embrace my love for California and live out a dream that I've had for quite some time. To be able to do this project with Concentrics makes it a perfect fit, as it will allow me to divide my time between my home base of Atlanta and my new project in San Diego. I am looking forward to sharing my passion, inspiration, and most importantly, food, with the West Coast," explains Chef Richard Blais.
The Johnson Studio is an award-winning international restaurant architecture firm known for its unique designs of Atlanta’s TWO urban licks, The Royce in Pasadena, CA, Chicago’s TRU restaurant, New York’s Del Frisco’s Grille, Costa Rica’s Hotel Grano de Oro, Fearing’s in Dallas, Tahoe’s Manzanita, and many more. The Johnson Studio has been engaged in the design of hospitality projects for more than twenty years and they have designed hundreds of renowned restaurants.
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Richard Blais is the most recent addition to San Diego's growing list of Top Chef alums that include Brian Malarkey (Searsucker, Gingham, Burlap, Herringbone, Gabardine), Richard Sweeney (R Gang Eatery), and Amanda Baumgarten (Herringbone).