Chef Richard Blais' Casual Concept Gets A Name And Theme | The Crack Shack To Open Adjacent To Juniper & Ivy In Little Italy This Fall

March 24, 2015

Situated on the same block as Juniper & Ivy in Little Italy, Chef Richard Blais' new concept has been in the works for almost a year and has finally got a name. The Crack Shack will occupy a former construction/welding office/mechanics shop that has sat empty at the corner of Juniper and Kettner for at least 20 years. Anticipated to open early fall this year, The Crack Shack will be all about chicken and eggs - all day long - fried, grilled and otherwise.

Produce and proteins served at "The Shack" will be sourced from boutique local farms, including free range, non-GMO eggs and high end, organic ingredients in addition to a custom bread program. In other words, this is no KFC or Popeyes (although I admit I love their red beans and rice). The ‘shed’ itself, which has no seating, is about 1,800 square-foot. There will be an additional approximate 3,000 square-foot of outdoor eating area. 

Like neighboring Juniper & Ivy, The Crack Shack is owned by Michael Rosen. Dan Pena will be the restaurants general manager. The menu will be developed by Top Chef -alum Richard Blais and Jon Sloan and Bradley Austin will be the executive chef.

Some San Diegans are taking to social media with thoughts that this concept's name may take advantage of the good will of another local favorite. Anybody else think that Crack Shack is too similar to Carnitas' Snack Shack? Maybe even Shake Shack? Weigh in below in our comments section.