March 17, 2015 – Monterey’s Restaurant 1833 is closed this week for a makeover and set to reopen Monday, March 23 with executive chef Jason Franey’s new menu.
“It will be like a brand-new restaurant altogether,” said David Bernahl, whose Coastal Luxury Management group owns the restaurant and hired Franey away from Canlis in Seattle last year. The CEO and and CLM managing partner wouldn’t reveal too much beyond that it would be “a new menu, new wine list, new cocktail list, everything.”
Franey, a James Beard award finalist and regular at Pebble Beach Food & Wine, is expected to put a contemporary spin on the new menu as well as show off his love of local ingredients. He has been hard at work in the kitchen this week putting the finishing touches on the menu, which has been in the works the past few months, and will be unveiled Monday when the restaurant reopens.
CLM has also announced that Bernabe De Luna Lopez is taking over as wine director at Restaurant 1833. Lopez’s career path is nothing short of amazing — born in Mexico, he originally came to the United States to work in agriculture, but more than two decades ago transitioned to hospitality and became immersed in the world of wine.
Lopez rose from busboy to wine director of the award-winning Pacific’s Edge Restaurant at Highlands Inn, helped organize the Masters of Food & Wine events there, and since has been featured as a guest sommelier at numerous renowned wine events, including the Wine Spectator Wine Experience, La Paulee de New York City and San Francisco, and the World of Pinot Noir in Pismo Beach.
In late 2005 he joined Chef Michael Mina and Rajat Parr to help open and manage wine programs at the Stone Hill Tavern at the St. Regis Resort in Dana Point, STRIPSTEAK in Las Vegas, and RN74 in San Francisco. Before coming to Restaurant 1833, Lopez worked for Carmel’s Mirabel Restaurant & Hotel Group, which includes Aubergine, Cantinetta Luca and others.