When El Camino restaurant opens near Thanksgiving, it’s likely to show few if any traces of Avalon, the restaurant that operated in the 1314 Bardstown Road space for a decade before closing in July.
Shawn Cantley, one of three partners in the venture, is a California native who has long envisioned a restaurant straight out of that state’s surf towns.
“It’ll have a beach hangout vibe … what surfers call shredquarters,” said Cantley, who created the restaurant with his wife, Vanessa, and Larry Rice, operating manager at The Silver Dollar, also owned by the trio. “There are three pillars to El Camino that come from that experience: a Tiki-style bar program, Mexican street food like you’d find in East Lost Angeles or Mexico City, and California surf music.”
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