founder and former president of Louise's and co-founder of the new
Louise's had served diners in Huntington Beach since 1985.
Plans call for a 1,700-square-foot patio and banquet-style seating,
said Christy Teague, assistant project manager with the city.
"Changes are more finishes like putting in new paint and light
fixtures," Teague said. "We're trying to do as much as we can without
tearing and rewiring."
Spark's architect is Osvaldo Maiozzi, who designed Alto Palato
Trattoria in Los Angeles and Valentino in Las Vegas. The first Spark
restaurant opened in Studio City in 1999. The Huntington Beach location
will be the second.
Diners will be able to view all the fires in the wood-burning
equipment through a sound insulated glass facade.
Chait along with co-founder Danilo Terribili created the restaurant's
concept, as a "contemporary Italian restaurant." "The food is very
distinctive with wood-burning ovens and not using big or heavy sauces,
it's light and fresh," Chait said. The menu includes everything from
21-day aged rib-eye steaks and herb-crusted halibut to wood-fired thin
crust pizzas and roasted mussels served in a black iron skillet.
Hopefully, Spark's coming to Huntington Beach symbolizes the
beginnings of a change to more upscale retailers and restaurants
Downtown, Chait said.
"The area seems to be transforming more into a boardwalk," he said. "I
anticipate an upscale, older crowd [at Spark's]."
Entrees are priced at $11 and $20 and starters range from $2 to $8.
Spark's also offers a full bar.
The restaurant will be at 300 Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington