Just two weeks after the closure of his influential Northern California restaurant Manresa, chef David Kinch is giving fans a first sense of what’s next. According to the Mercury News, Kinch and his “business and bakery partners” will open three new restaurants as a part of a housing development being built in Los Gatos.
The announcement indicates MB Partners, a group “spearheaded by world-renowned chef David Kinch, award-winning baker Avery Ruzicka and entrepreneur Andrew Burnham,” have leased a 7,100-square-foot building within the Harmonie Park Development. Specifically, the team has leased space at the Junction, “a 66,000-square-foot culinary and retail center” designed to serve the development’s residents.
According to the Mercury News, the three projects MB Partners has planned for the development include a second location of Mentone, Kinch’s French-Italian restaurant in Aptos Village, and a sixth outpost of Manresa Bread, the bakery Kinch launched with baker and Manresa alum Avery Ruzicka. The Mercury News also describes a third “yet-to-be-announced restaurant concept.”
The news comes after the closure of Kinch’s flagship three-Michelin-star restaurant Manresa on December 31. Kinch initially announced plans to step away from the restaurant — with the intention of selling the business and property on which it sat — in August, later deciding he would close the restaurant entirely in November. During its 20-year run, the restaurant helped shape the California dining scene with the restaurant’s alumni going on to open some of the region’s top restaurants and bakeries.
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