Jason Quinn of the Lime Truck to Open Brick-and-Mortar Restaurant in Santa Ana
|Christopher Victorio / OC Weekly|
Jason Quinn, the 25-year-old chef behind Orange County's beloved Lime Truck, will be opening a high-end burger restaurant in downtown Santa Ana this summer.
The restaurant, to be called Playground, will be located in the
The menu will consist of burgers and fries, with craft beers on tap. While some of the burgers will have familiar ingredients (mushrooms, bleu cheese, etc.), some will be flights of fancy--and some, according to Quinn, may not be recognizable as burgers. As the Lime Truck does, Playground will solicit menu suggestions from diners.
Its opening is slated to coincide with the opening of the Yost Theatre (itself scheduled for Aug. 6); stay tuned for further updates.
Meanwhile, not to worry, Lime Truck lovers (and Great Food Truck Race partisans): Daniel Shemtob is still on the truck, with new help, and Jason Quinn is still consulting on the menu and offering refinements and suggestions where necessary, while not stifling the new crew's creativity. "Whatever success I have as a chef, I will owe to the truck," he said. The new restaurant is just the natural evolution of his career.
Read Edwin's interview with Jason Quinn last year here, here and here.
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