Oceanside eatery 608 is closing, but its chef and owner William Eick will remain in the community. Opened in 2016, 608 has become a standout in the neighborhood for its seasonal and progressive menu that combined Japanese and Italian influences. Eick has announced that the restaurant will serve its final meals on Wednesday, February 28, with the coming week featuring a series of specials leading up to the shutter.
Citing differences of opinion with his current landlord as one of the reasons for the closure, Eick has decided to take up a longstanding offer to join Mission Avenue Bar and Grill, which is located just a block from 608. Calling Eick’s culinary talent “a gift to Oceanside”, Mission Avenue Bar and Grill owner Cameron Braselton will have the chef refine the restaurant’s menu and provide additional training to its staff.
Starting in early March as the new executive chef, Eick will be enhancing the culinary offerings of the three-and-a-half-year-old restaurant, working with bar manager Guy Marino to also elevate the cocktail program. Eick plans to keep some favorites from Mission Avenue Bar and Grill’s menu while incorporating in a number of 608’s signature dishes including the burger made with beef dry-aged in-house, the panang short rib and a version of his fried chicken adapted to feature chicken wings. The chef will continue his commitment to sourcing from local farms and purveyors.