Richard and Terumi Mazzera, the owners of César, a Spanish-inspired tapas restaurant that opened in 2016, have decided to change the name and focus of their Rancho Santa Fe outpost to Table Food + Drink. The refresh, which also includes updates to the interior, will take effect on January 5, 2018.
The Mazzeras moved to the San Diego area last year from Berkeley, where they own the original César, a restaurant that has garnered critical success and a strong local following on the back of Richard’s time spent working for and learning from Slow Food legend Alice Waters.
The concept change comes with the announcement of a new executive chef, Jon Hearnsberger, who comes to Table Food + Drink from San Francisco, where he cooked at Mecca, Bix, Anchor Oyster Bar and more. Echoing the Mazzera’s commitment to using seasonal ingredients from local farms, Hearnsberger says, “I was raised by my mother and grandmother to love and respect the entire process of growing and preparing good food.”
Table Food + Drink will serve “modern American fare” that is more “contemporary and innovative,” says Richard. New menu items will include Mary’s Southern Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Panko Crusted Sole with basmati pilaf and meyer lemon butter and oysters on the half shell with champagne mignonette. Its cocktail program will offer a Chili-Lime Gimlet and Spicy Cucumber Margarita. Table Food + Drink will be open every day except for Monday, from 11:30 a.m. to close.