Owner John Resnick is thrilled to introduce his first solo project, Campfire, to the burgeoning San Diego culinary landscape. In his debut restaurant, Resnick, a Consortium Holdings (now CH Projects) alum instrumental in the openings of Ironside Fish & Oyster and the original Craft & Commerce, delivers an innovative new dining and cocktail concept to the heart of Carlsbad, capturing the spirit of the campfire through live fire cooking techniques.
Designed by award-winning firm Bells and Whistles (Broken Spanish, Bracero, Sycamore Den, Starlite), diners can expect whimsical references throughout - a welcoming space to enjoy classic cocktails and honest food, all reminiscent of the camping experience. Along with neighbors Carruth Cellars and Baba Coffee, Resnick hopes to play a pivotal role in fostering an organic extension of the already vibrant culture of North County while building an engaging environment that he hopes will become a forward-thinking community hub.
Bachelier aims to apply the elemental cooking techniques acquired in his formative years spent alongside his grandfather in Arizona splitting wood, building and tending the fire and using nothing but cast iron to produce meals emanating with fresh, bright and spicy flavors. Harnessing the potential of the custom 12-foot hearth powered by a Grillworks grill (affectionately referred to as Grace) in the heart of the restaurant, Bachelier’s menu utilizes wood, charcoal, embers and ash to create technique-driven yet deceptively simple dishes that let the ingredients speak for themselves, each with their own story to tell.
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With a keen attention to detail applied to every aspect of the restaurant’s cocktail and culinary direction, Bells & Whistles placed a similarly strong emphasis in its design approach on instilling a sense of camaraderie throughout the space. Formerly an auto repair shop, the property was redeveloped by local architect Brett Farrow who brought in a WWII era Quonset hut-style corrugated metal arch from nearby Camp Pendleton to anchor the space and preserve its historic integrity while infusing the existing structure with a fresh, modernist edge. Incorporating vintage relics sourced from all corners of the country, Bells & Whistles charted their course with the intention of harkening a sense of nostalgia in guests - evoking memories spent camping along the California coastline.
Campfire is located at 2725 State Street in Carlsbad. For more information, visit thisiscampfire.com.