Chef Antonio Friscia's Legal Restaurants & The Patio Group To Open Bao Beach In Mission Beach

March 14, 2016

Fresh off a consulting gig assisting The Patio Group open Fireside by The Patio in Liberty Station, Chef Antonio Friscia and his Legal Restaurants hospitality group will work with the restaurant company once again on the opening of Bao Beach in Mission Beach.

Chef Antonio Friscia has more than 30 years of experience in the restaurant business, having served as chef-partner at several award-winning venues including Stingaree Nightclub & Guest House, Gaijin Noodle & Sake House, and at Campine: A Culinary & Cocktail Conspiracy, as well as Don Chido and Rustic Root in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter. While at Gaijin Noodle & Sake House, Chef Antonia Friscia, as well as his longtime sous chef Fern Tran, were known for their bao buns, so this progression seems like the perfect fit for the pair.

Legal Restaurants team - Chefs Fern Tran, Antonio Friscia & Amiko Gubbins
Little is known about Bao Beach at this time, but we reached out to Chef Antonio for comment and will be sure to update this post when we learn more. We believe that Chef Fern will lead the kitchen and there's a possibility that Bao Beach may be installed inside one of the two buildings that Saska's occupies in Mission Beach, as The Patio Group purchased the historic restaurant last summer.

Friscia also announced on his Facebook page that in addition to he and Chef Fern, Legal Restaurants has added Chef Amiko Gubbins to the culinary team. After spending time in the kitchens of Cilantros and Pacifica Del Mar, Gubbins served as Executive Chef of Cafe Japengo. Soon after, she branched out on her own as chef and owner of the critically acclaimed Parallel 33 in San Diego's Mission Hills neighborhood. After her time at Parallel 33, Amiko went to work as the personal chef for music icon Lenny Kravitz before working with Specialty Produce where she selected the freshest produce from the Santa Monica Farmers Market for daily use by local chefs. Most recently, Amiko served as Executive Chef for Sysco San Diego while also taking on the position as "Director of Special Ops: Food and Flavor" for the Cohn Restaurant Group.

A baozi, simply known as bao, is a type of steamed, filled yeast-bun that can have a variety of fillings. It is generally the size of a slider and is eaten like a sandwich.