The Patio on Goldfinch, the new Mission Hills sibling of Pacific Beach's The Patio on Lamont Street, isn't due until April 2014 but owner Gina Champion-Cain gave Eater the early download on what's in store for the 200-seat Goldfinch Street space.
The same design team who did the Lamont Street restaurant is at work here, so expect some recognizable features, including a communal table crafted from a fallen Torrey Pine tree and their signature "patio" dining; the front of the eatery will be open to the sky and the sidewalk, flanked by a fireplace and a living wall.
Inside will be a 38-foot bar, main dining room and "quiet", 40-seat dining area with a succulent wall and a greenhouse-like feel. While the PB space has nods to surf and skate culture, this location will be influenced by the Spanish architecture that can be found in the neighborhood. Champion-Cain says they're aiming to get LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building council.
While Lamont Street's John Medall will be the exec chef here, they're currently interview for a chef de cuisine. Some menu items, including their braised octopus, beef and bleu flatbread and Patio melt will transfer over but Mission Hills will have more seafood options; also new, a chef's table and an open display kitchen.
· The Patio on Lamont Street [Official Site]
· All Plywood Reports on Eater [~ESD~]