Named for a browsing maneuver, Duck Dive in Pacific Seaside is gearing up for the busy summer time because the pandemic wanes.
A Hennessey’s in a previous lifestyles, Duck Dive at 4650 Challenge Blvd. has been owned and operated through Thomas Winn for the previous 9 years, who’s now operating along his spouse Rebekah.
Winn mentioned his apprenticeship as a restaurateur.
“I labored for Paul Hennessey as an assistant supervisor for roughly seven or 8 years within the Gaslamp Quarter,” he stated. “Once I came upon he used to be having a look to promote this PB location, I known as Paul and requested to sit down down and communicate with him about purchasing. That’s how it began.”
After the sale used to be consummated, Winn and his trade companions carried out a significant overhaul of the eatery. “We did a complete intestine of the interior and a whole rework,” he stated, including the previous Hennessey’s used to be remodeled into a local seaside front room with a hand made surf ceiling and customized surf-inspired artwork.
Then got here the time to determine a brand new identification and emblem for the established order. “The speculation used to be simply to rifle off names and we took turns with names we idea would are compatible into an idea,” Winn stated. “We got here to surf phrases and duck dive, while you paddle out and take your board and nosedive below the wave, got here up.”
Then it used to be an issue of matching the eating place’s new identify with its décor.
“Initially, we had surfboards reduce up right into a honeycomb-shaped bar most sensible,” Winn stated. “One of the most partitions used to be wrapped in an image we had a chum do. We had some other photograph of a lady duck diving in a wave crashing off Hawaii. It used to be what we would have liked to do: one thing new and recent for a seaside front room with coastal delicacies the place other folks may come to have a excellent meal and hang around.”
Of the eatery’s delicacies, Winn famous: “We’ve tacos. Duck Dive’s burgers are in reality neatly referred to as neatly as our sandwiches. We even have oysters and surf-and-turf filets with lobster tails. The menu has advanced and adjusted over time. We’ve had sea bass and red meat chops at the menu. At this time our brunch is a huge hit.”
Duck Dive’s present menu serving all 3 day-to-day foods includes a numerous array of things together with breakfast burritos and omelets, avocado toast, chorizo hash, French toast, wings, shrimp ceviche, ahi poke, tacos, burgers, hen sandwiches, grilled recent fish, and salads.
Two dessert favorites are churros con caramel with chocolate dipping sauce and chocolate chip pazookie served with ice cream.
Enduring the pandemic used to be admittedly tricky, however Winn is inspired through indicators that “individuals are short of to get out and dine, have some beverages and a meal and spend time in combination.
“We’ve had a large number of our regulars coming again,” stated Winn declaring his clientele is a mixture of supportive locals and vacationers from throughout who come yearly for the summer season top time.
“We’ve repeat consumers from Arizona and in different places who, after they come again to the seaside, they arrive again to Duck Dive,” stated Winn including, “Memorial Day is at all times a large weekend for us and a kick-off for summer season.”
Winn credit his long-term workers for far of his good fortune. “My control workforce and group of workers has been superb,” he stated. “That has been in reality key for us, having the ability to stay doing what we’re doing. I’m very grateful for my group of workers.”
The place: 4650 Challenge Blvd.
Hours: Wednesdays-Fridays 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.