Feels like Home: Soquel eatery a homecoming for chef-owner Brad Briske

SOQUEL >> With the opening of Home restaurant, popular local chef Brad Briske returns to his roots to realize a lifelong dream of opening a restaurant all his own. Briske’s new venture is a homecoming — he previously worked at Main Street Garden Cafe when it occupied in this space. It was here that he happened to meet chef John Cox, who would ultimately lure him down to Carmel, where his tenure at La Balena and sister restaurant Il Grillo earned praised from foodies far and wide.

“It’s always been a dream to control everything in the restaurant — not just the menu and the kitchen, but front of house and service, too, the whole experience,” Briske says. As its name suggests, Briske’s concept at Home is welcoming, bringing the local community into his “Home” kitchen.

Briske inherits a location steeped in culinary history.

“I want honor Ethon Hamm, our landlord, who started Theo’s restaurant in this space 22 years ago. This space is so special, with such history. We’re the next generation here, building on what’s worked and progressing forward to create new experiences and memories here,” Briske says.

Home is grounded in family. Briske’s wife, Linda Ritten, oversees front-of-house operations and curates the restaurant’s wine, beer and cider selections. Joining Briske in the kitchen is his brother-in-law, Diego Felix, who is the chef behind Casa Felix restaurant in Buenos Aires and the traveling “Colectivo Felix” pop-up…

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