The raw bar craze continues unabated, even way down in Irvine. EMC Seafood & Raw Bar is heading that way to help bolster the shellfish supplies, setting up their third outpost since 2013.
The first EMC Seafood is still humming along in Koreatown, offering cheap oyster deals to throngs of locals. Next up is Canoga Park, which is home to the Westfield Topanga shopping center. Soon enough, there will be a sleek new EMC on site there as well, as put in place by the ever-busy Spacecraft team.
And now Irvine, slated for its own late-summer opening. The location at the Heritage Plaza Shopping Center is certainly popular with OC families in the area, though until now it’s been manned mostly by large national chains. In this case, EMC swoops in to take over an old Elephant Bar, bringing an eye-opening 7,600 sq. ft. of seafood goodness to the area. It's by far the biggest location in the EMC portfolio. Spacecraft is outfitting the place in much the same way as its predecessors, going largely monochromatic with soft colors and lots of open space.
No renderings yet, but if you’ve ever been to the EMC Seafood in Koreatown (or seen renderings of the upcoming one in Canoga Park) you get the idea. It should be a nice accompaniment to the rest of the restaurants immediately surrounding it, which right now ranges from a Wendy’s to a Habit Burger to Bruxie Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches.