Gourmet grocer Bristol Farms has opened a new culinary concept at Irvine Spectrum Center.
Called Bristol Farms Newfound Market, the 34,000-square-foot grocery venue features an elevated food hall with seven of its own chef-created restaurant brands.
“If you’re someone who loves to cook, entertain or are a passionate foodie, we invite you to come and explore,” says Bristol Farms CEO Adam Caldecott, who refers to the new store as Bristol Farms 3.0.
The traditional Bristol Farms format is called 1.0, explains Vice President of Merchandising Patrick Posey. Newer formats in Yorba Linda and Woodland Hills are called 2.0, while Irvine sees the launch of 3.0 – showcasing Bristol Farms’ newest concepts.
Step inside, and you’ll find thousands of natural and organic food items, a boutique wine shop with wine stewards to assist you, and grass-fed beef from responsibly managed ranches.
You’ll also find a full-service restaurant, a European-style café and five fast-casual venues with fresh, modern twists on traditional favorites.
“Bristol Farms has a special place in the Southern California food landscape, and we are building upon that history,” says General Manager Dan Evon, who also helms Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas.
“Our Irvine location brings together all the local, artisanal and seasonal items you’ve come to expect from Bristol Farms.” – Bristol Farms CEO Adam Caldecott
Try these 5 fast-casual venues
Looking for something quick and tasty? Try the Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich with kimchi aioli ($11.49) or the black-tea brined Nashville Hot Fried Chicken Sandwich ($11.49) at Horton’s Hot Chicken. Swell Seafood Shack puts a global twist on SoCal seafood shacks, offering Peruvian Ceviche ($6.99) and Fancy Tater Tots with crème fraiche, caviar and salmon roe ($12.99).
PikaPika enlists sushi chefs and a “sushi robot” to transform the freshest seafood into innovative rolls and bowls, while Goodgreens offers environmentally sustainable salads like the Giddy Up Cowboy, a grilled flatiron steak salad with Point Reyes blue cheese dressing ($13.99). Vegans can choose the Ocean Bowl Blue with spirulina-laced coconut yogurt ($10.99) or Kimchi Fritters ($8.99) at Rooted Plant-Based Plates.
Viaggio Pizzeria and Heart & Hand café
If you’re looking for a full-service restaurant with outdoor seating, try Viaggio Pizzeria. The 120-seat restaurant serves up wood-fired pizza made with stone-milled flour (fermented in-house for 36 hours), handmade pastas, craft cocktails and a curated wine and beer list.
And if you just want to linger over a La Colombe coffee or fresh-pressed organic juice, the European-style café Heart & Hand showcases a true barista experience along with an outdoor patio, fire pit and legit bistro vibe.
“Our Irvine location brings together all the local, artisanal and seasonal items you’ve come to expect from Bristol Farms,” Caldecott says.