An ambitious and progressive new restaurant is due in Carlsbad later this month.
Oceanside-raised, Hawaii-trained chef Rob Ruiz (formerly of Harney Sushi) is currently working on his passion restaurant project, which revolves around the transformation of Carlsbad's Twin Inns building, a Victorian mansion built in 1886 that was once the home of one of the beach town's founding fathers, Gerhard Shutte, the president of the Carlsbad Land and Mineral Water Company.
Ruiz will pay homage to the building's history by serving Carlsbad-sourced alkaline water at his new fine dining restaurant, dubbed The Land & Water Company; a proponent of seasonal and local cooking, Ruiz gained acclaim from his work with sustainable seafood at Harney and will expand his "hyper-local" focus across the menu here.
In addition to working with local fishermen, Ruiz tells Eater that all the produce for Land & Water Co. will be sourced from local farms and his meat, including grassfed beef, will come from ranches within a 50-mile radius of the restaurant; the chef is also committed to using all non-GMO foods and banning products with corn syrup.
Scheduled to open later this month, Land & Water Co.'s website describes the concept as a French Izakaya that will feature California cuisine with French, Hawaiian and Japanese influences, including Ruiz's considerable sushi expertise, and promises to introduce a "conscientious, fun, and elevated new way to dine."
· The Land & Water Company [Official Site]
· All Coming Attractions on Eater [~ESD~]