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Campfire Bringing Open Flame Cooking & Craft Cocktails to Carlsbad

Gather round the new live-fire restaurant next spring.

Courtesy rendering
Courtesy rendering

Eater readers who've been wishing for more diverse and innovative restaurant options in North County will be stoked to know that a grand new dining and drinking destination, spanning 4,424-square-feet of indoor space and 1,800-square-feet of outdoor space, is coming to downtown Carlsbad.

Slated to open in Spring 2016, Campfire will center around two 48-inch custom wood-fired grills that will cook up a menu of locally-sourced and sustainable meats, seafood and seasonal vegetables. Owner John Resnick comes from a leadership position within CH Projects, where he was most recently the general manager at Ironside Fish & Oyster, so expect the craft cocktail program to be strong.

Resnick is bringing on designers Barbara Rourke and Jason St. John of Bells & Whistles, whose last local project was Little Italy's Bracero, to transform the former auto repair shop into a communally-inclined dining space, which will keep its original Quonset hut-style corrugated metal arch over the back half of the building.

When it opens next year, Campfire will be the anchor of a new food and drink hub for the neighborhood which will include a yet-announced adjacent coffee concept and another urban winery from local Carruth Cellars.


2725 State St, Carlsbad, CA 92008, USA