Irvine Company Office Properties has signed a lease with The Patio Group, operator of award-winning restaurant concepts from San Diego, to open a dining space this fall at 400 Spectrum Center Drive, the new 21-story tower in the heart of Irvine Spectrum. Called The Patio Marketplace, the café will be the first Patio Group restaurant to feature an exhibition kitchen to provide diners a more personal and interactive experience.
The Patio Marketplace will be located on the ground floor and connect to an adjacent conference center, and Irvine Company says this will create a unique meeting experience because the restaurant will literally be next door. The café also connects to The Commons, an open-air “patio” with casual workspaces and complimentary WiFi to offer diners and building customers an indoor-outdoor dining, meeting and event experience.
“We are thrilled to expand The Patio Marketplace experience in Irvine Spectrum, which has become one of the most desirable locations to operate a business in Southern California,” says Brian LaGrange of The Patio Group, the restaurant division of American National Investments, Inc.
Led by Chef Amol Thanky, the menu is “influenced by the spirit of classic European cafes as well as contemporary Coastal California cuisine, and sourced with sustainable, seasonal, and quality ingredients,” according to Irvine Company. The café will offer a menu that evolves with the seasons and the tastes of local foodies. Signature dishes will include: grilled chicken bowl with toasted farro, roasted squash, sautéed chard, pickled apples, dried cherries, and an herb-citrus vinaigrette; and the Confit Beef Burrito made with a spinach tortilla, refried black beans, brown rice, homemade pico de gallo, and a four-cheese blend. Signature craft cocktails, beer and wine, and snacks such as crispy calamari with herbs and Meyer lemon aioli will be offered daily during happy hour.
“We are taking workplace dining to the next level by bringing an elevated culinary experience to 400 Spectrum Center,” says Steve Case, EVP of Irvine Company Office Properties. “The Patio Marketplace is a new kind of office café that will delight the customers — a foodie’s destination an elevator ride away.”
The new tower is located adjacent to a variety of housing choices and Irvine Spectrum Center, which offers 1.2 million square feet of retail, restaurant, and entertainment options. The towers in the Center feature the design of architect Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, with 10-foot, floor-to-ceiling glass providing natural light and unobscured 360-degree views. The new tower, which was designed to accommodate a range of companies, opened in September and is 60 percent leased, and 200 Spectrum Center, which opened last year, is fully leased.