Freshly-minted in Rancho Santa Fe is Nick & G’s, a new Mediterranean chop house from the Grand Restaurant Group , which also operates Bellamy’s, The Ranch at Bandy Canyon and Verbena Catering. It replaces Ponsaty’s, which the hospitality group opened last year with its former corporate chef Patrick Ponsaty.
The upscale Basque-inspired restaurant from the master French chef shuttered earlier this month and reopened this past weekend after a refresh and rebranding with new executive Chef Brian Freerksen at the helm. Freerksen has 25-plus years in the industry, with roles that have included chef de cuisine at La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club and executive chef at Paradise Point Resort and Spa; most recently, he helped open Urge Gastropub and Common House in Vista.
Nick & G’s is named after the children of Grand Restaurant Group owner Sandra DiCicco, who also operates several locations of DiCicco’s Italian Restaurant in the Fresno and Central Valley area. its revamped menu ranges from starters to pastas, flatbreads and entrees that include a grilled New York strip steak and seared Atlantic salmon. The restaurant is open daily, with a 4 to 6 p.m. happy hour and dinner service from 5 to 10 p.m. Lunch service, offered from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., starts on Wednesday, August 23.