When chef Alan Greeley decided to close The Golden Truffle after 37 years in Costa Mesa, he declined to reveal the mysterious investors who planned to take over the space.
He hinted they were well-known food players in the region.
Thanks to public records, we now know who they are.
Ed Lee, one of the founders behind Santa Ana-based Wahoo’s Fish Taco, is a key investor in Toast Kitchen & Bakery, according to state Alcoholic Beverage Control filings. When reached by phone, Lee offered few details about the concept, only stating it has no ties to Wahoo’s.
What he does know: Toast Kitchen & Bakery won’t be a trendy hipster hangout. Instead, Lee, who grew up in the area, said he wants a place for locals to feel at home. The 3,400-square foot restaurant space will house two restaurants in one. Toast Kitchen is one of the restaurants; the other concept has not been named.
Toast Kitchen will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Brunch will be served on Sunday. It will have some to-go bakery items, including pies.
Lee said he’s tapped two “phenomenal” operators for each restaurant, including John Park, the former pastry chef at Father’s Office. He said the veteran chef will “blow people’s mind” with his menu. “We’ll let the food speak for itself,” Lee said.
This isn’t Lee’s first venture outside of Wahoo’s. He and Brian Huskey are partners in the critically-acclaimed gourmet food shack, Tackle…