“Many of our guests come from Orange County on a regular basis, making us confident that finding a location there made perfect sense,” says Red O Management about the Fashion Island Center location for the next Red O. The first location on Melrose in Los Angeles opened in 2010. The second is slated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2013 in Newport Beach.
Created by Chef Rick Bayless, the menu consists of authentic Mexican and lighter “California-style” dishes inspired from regions throughout Mexico. He helped in the design of the kitchen and the hiring of the key kitchen personnel.Bayless continues to train the staff and visits Los Angeles frequently for tastings and events.On a regular basis, he also collaborates with the chefs and oversees the continuous evolution of the menu to ensure the quality of the food.
The plan has always been to share the Red O experience by opening locations coast to coast, initially starting with a small number of restaurants in California and then expanding into other parts of the country. The design in Newport Beach will incorporate their iconic tequila tunnel, a curved glass walkway lined with shelves of the spirit. Management hopes to create an experience as beautiful as the Melrose location while also introducing unique and special design elements for Newport Beach. These include an exhibition kitchen and capacity to host large events. In addition they expect that, “The expanded lounge will create a vibe that will make you feel as if you are on the Mexican Riviera.”
Red O will open later this year in Newport Beach.
Red O is part of our series highlighting restaurant groups and chains founded and flourishing in Orange County that were featured in the May|June 2013 print issue of Great Taste Magazine. Click here for the entire article.