Restaurant Development & Design

JUL-AUG 2019

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J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 9 • r e s t a u r a n t d e v e l o p m e n t + d e s i g n • 5 5 By Dana Tanyeri W hen veteran restaurateur John Resnick brought Campre, his rst solo project, to Carls- bad, Calif., in 2016, he went big, rustic and bold. Measuring 6,000 square feet and paying culinary and cultural homage to camping and live-re cooking, the community- and family- friendly restaurant added serious sizzle to the San Diego suburb's dining landscape. Last December, Resnick struck again, opening Jeune et Jolie just down the street. As sibling restaurants go, it's as distinct from Campre as can be. Inspired by classic French bistros, the 2,000-square-foot restaurant is charm- ing and fresh, sophisticated and modern. Its kitchen, led by Chef Andrew Bach- elier, leans on traditional French culinary foundations but blends in global ˆavors and SoCal sensibilities to cook signature dishes such as Coquille (scallops with sunchoke, abalone mushroom and vin jaune) and Grenouille (frog legs with fermented chili and tamari). Its name, Jeune et Jolie, pays homage to Resnick's and Bachelier's young daughters, whose middle names are June and Jolie. Translating from French to "young and beautiful," the name also serves as an apt descriptor of Jeune et Jolie's design, for which Resnick turned to Los Angeles-based studio Bells + Whistles. He credits its principals, Jason St. John and Barbara Rourke, with not only developing great designs but also having a knack for reading his mind. "They designed Campre and really created the environment and the experi- ence that I was after," Resnick says. "I Project Team Owner: John Resnick Executive chef: Andrew Bachelier Design: Bells + Whistles Foodservice consultant: Orness Design Group General contractor: Hawkins Construction The 17-seat bar is centrally located and carries the pill-style arched shape of the windows and back-bar cabinetry. It's topped in custom terrazzo and features an absinthe tower within and brass-trimmed radius shelving above. Images courtesy of Lily Glass

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