San Diego chef Brian Malarkey is expanding his eatery empire: he plans to open a new Searsucker restaurant in Santa Monica, Calif., this winter.
The renowned restaurateur – who already has two Searsucker locations in San Diego and Del Mar, and a third in Austin – will open a fourth Searsucker alongside the Hakkasan Group this December in The Seychelle at Ocean Avenue South, a luxury residential development.
Searsucker Santa Monica will be Malarkey’s first foray into the Los Angeles area. Like its San Diego Searsucker counterparts, the new restaurant will feature creative American classics with ingredients sourced from local farmer’s market, as well as unique craft cocktails.
Malarkey and Hakkasan Group joined forces earlier this year, acquiring the Enlightened Hospitality Group. Their goal is to bring Malarkey’s “Fabric of Social Dining” concepts to new markets across the United States.
The duo plans to expand Searsucker into Las Vegas in the future and develop new brands, including a brand-new, yet-to-be-announced eatery slated to debut in San Diego’s Little Italy area in spring 2015.
To date, Malarkey has opened multiple restaurants in the San Diego food scene including Herringbone in La Jolla, two installments of his fast-casual concept Green Acre and, as aforementioned, those successful Searsuckers.
Malarkey rose to fame as a finalist on “Top Chef” and has since starred as a mentor on “The Taste,” and appeared on other TV food programs.
He grew up in Oregon before enrolling in Le Cordon Bleu in Portland, according to his website. Malarkey worked for several years in the Los Angeles restaurant industry before bursting onto the San Diego food scene and joining The Oceanaire Seafood Room as an executive chef and partner and later opening his own local restaurants.