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 kind for native chef and restaurateur Andrew Gruel and his spouse and enterprise accomplice, 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 yr. Calico is known as after the Calico Bass, which is native to the waters of southern California.

The couple, greatest recognized for creating Slapfish, an award-winning fast-casual seafood franchise, offered the corporate final yr, 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“Inside 24 hours of promoting Slapfish, we bought a name that we had to return into the meals market the place the outdated Fish Camp was,” Gruel mentioned. “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 children.”

However the house, which did not change a lot bodily aside from the inside, was too good to go up and inside just a few months they have been up and operating.