For Chef Andrew Gruel, Huntington Seashore’s new Calico restaurant is a return to roots – Orange County Register

Calico, a brand new seafood and chop home in Huntington Seashore, is in some methods a return to type for native chef and restaurateur Andrew Gruel and his spouse and enterprise companion, Lauren.

The restaurant sits on the nook of Admiralty Drive and Pacific Coast Freeway in Sundown Seashore, taking the place of Fish Camp, a seafood restaurant that closed final 12 months. Calico is known as after the Calico Bass, which is native to the waters of southern California.

The couple, finest identified for creating Slapfish, an award-winning fast-casual seafood franchise, offered the corporate final 12 months, with no plans to return to brick-and-mortar shops.

“Inside 24 hours of promoting Slapfish, we bought a name that we had to return into the meals market the place the outdated Fish Camp was,” Gruel stated. “This was not within the incubation, it was not within the plan. We have been hoping to take a while off and journey with our youngsters.”

However the area, which did not change a lot bodily aside from the inside, was too good to move up and inside a number of months they have been up and operating.