Since he was a finalist on Bravo's Top Chef Miami in 2009, Brian Malarkey has gone on to host TLC's Mega Bites, made appearances on The Today Show, and opened five restaurants in San Diego (Searsucker, Burlap, Gingham, Gabardine, and Herringbone) as executive chef and partner.
And now, a second location of Malarkey's Searsucker -- located in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter and rated one the country's 10 hottest restaurants in 2011 by Time Magazine, which stated it was a "mélange of fun and flavor" -- looks as if it will be opening in Scottsdale.
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The Republic reports that the restaurant, owned by Malarkey and partner James Brennen, will take over the 9,500-square-foot space that formerly was the lobby of the Camelback Tower office building next to Scottsdale Fashion Square on Camelback Road -- but the celebrity chef tells the publication that the Scottsdale location, slated to open in October, won't be a duplicate of the original.
"Whichever chef we hire locally will direct his own vibe," Malarkey tells the Republic, "We will trust him or her to be hip to what's cool and happening in the area. I'll share my ideas, and then open it to interpretation, let him take it for a drive."
The Republic goes on to say Scottsdale's Searsucker will feature a menu of classic new-American cuisine in addition to craft beer, handmade cocktails, wines, an Americana/American West interior, and a late-night menu.