Chef Brian Malarkey Announces New Restaurant Animae
Bosa Development announced its Super Prime Pacific Gate by Bosa's more than 15,000 square-foot ground floor retail space will be anchored by Puffer Malarkey Restaurants’ newest restaurant, Animae. Spearheaded by Christopher Puffer, Brian Malarkey and co-chef and partner Shayne McIntyre, the company is known for its successful concepts, including Herb & Wood, Herb & Eatery, Green Acre, and Farmer & The Seahorse. Animae will be a contemporary Asian American restaurant that blends cuisines from Japan to Southeast Asia with the cosmopolitan design and architecture of Hong Kong to create San Diego’s most progressive dining experience.
Nat Bosa, president of Bosa Development, says, “We are excited about our partnership with Puffer Malarkey Restaurants, which are so well known, especially in downtown San Diego. As the waterfront neighborhood continues to grow, Pacific Gate and Animae will provide original experiences for downtown residents and those who visit the area.”
Malarkey is an award-winning chef, cookbook author and television personality. He is a judge on Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games, makes regular appearances on the Today Show and Good Morning America, and was a Top Chef finalist and winning mentor on ABC’s The Taste, which he co-hosted alongside Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson and Ludo Lefebvre. Malarkey’s other restaurants, under the management of Hakkasan Group – a worldwide entertainment, dining, nightlife, and hospitality company, include Searsucker (San Diego, Del Mar, Austin, Las Vegas) and Herringbone (La Jolla, Santa Monica, Las Vegas, Hawaii and Los Cabos).
Christopher Puffer brings his veteran expertise, larger-than-life personality and charm to every restaurant he operates and has worked alongside Chef Malarkey for the last decade, together opening the original Searsucker and Herringbone restaurants followed by Green Acre, Farmer & The Seahorse, Herb & Eatery and the nationally acclaimed, Herb & Wood, which he also designed. He provides a refined style for service, critical thinking approach to hospitality, and has a passion and dedication to educate and build the best teams in the hospitality industry.
“Animae means air, breathing, life and soul. All of these elements support one another just like the elements of the dining experience we create nightly for guests—food, drink, service and design, none outshine each other, but rather work cohesively to foster memorable experiences,” says Christopher Puffer, Partner of Puffer Malarkey Restaurants. “Inspired by travels, Animae, will bring the sophistication of Asian cuisine and design to San Diego with the approachability and excitement our venues provide.”
Pacific Gate by Bosa was designed and built by an international dream team who together are creating a landmark of historical significance, from the expertise and vision of Bosa Development, ingeniousness of New York-based architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), the sublime insights of Hirsh Bedner Associates (HBA), renowned for their interior design work in the ultra-luxury hospitality industry, and Spanish artist Jaume Plensa whose work is installed around the world, and whose public installation of Pacific Soul resides in the building’s public plaza.
Now, with San Diego-based Puffer Malarkey Restaurants’ newest, original concept, the philosophy that has guided the creation of Pacific Gate’s residences, amenities and services continues with offerings that are unique to the area and define the building as a must-live, see and experience destination. Says Bosa, “Our goal is to create buildings that are amongst the best in any market we are in, and we know Puffer Malarkey Restaurants’ team share that same outlook.”