Celebrity Chef Richard Blais's Ember & Rye Restaurant In San Diego's North County Closed Indefinitely Following Kitchen Fire

September 1, 2023

Celebrity chef Richard Blais's Ember & Rye restaurant in San Diego's North County has closed for business following a fire on the property.

"The safety and security of our guests and colleagues is a top priority at Park Hyatt Aviara," read an announcement on the Ember & Rye Instagram page. "We can confirm that an isolated fire occurred in the Ember & Rye restaurant and we are grateful to have no injuries to report at this time. The restaurant is located in a building separate from the hotel, and restaurant guests and colleagues were immediately evacuated. Due to this incident, the restaurant has suspended normal operations, while the hotel continues to operate as usual."

As part of Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa's $50 million renovation, San Diego-based chef Richard Blais opened Ember & Rye restaurant in March 2021, offering a menu centered around San Diego produce, locally-caught seafood, raw bar items, and dry-aged steaks. Chef Richard Blais is most known as the winner of Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars in 2011, but has appeared in many cooking programs, including Iron Chef America, Chopped All-Stars, Top Chef, Master Chef, Guy's Grocery Games, Cutthroat Kitchen, Cooks vs Cons, and Next Level Chef

There was a reportedly a grease fire at Ember & Rye restaurant on Wednesday, August 30, that resulted in damage to the kitchen area. Fortunately, nobody was injured in the blaze. Ember & Rye will likely remained closed for at least a couple weeks and there is currently no word on when the restaurant will be reopening. 

Ember & Rye is located at 7100 Aviara Resort Drive within the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa in San Diego's North County community of Carlsbad. For more information, visit hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/california/park-hyatt-aviara-resort/sanpa.