Since news of the pioneering restaurant concept broke last February, enthusiastic foodies around Southern California have been eagerly anticipating the opening of STACKED: food well built, an entirely new dining experience opening on May 31, 2011, in Torrance, California.
The 160-seat, 6,300 square-foot restaurant is located across from the AMC theaters at the Del Amo Fashion Center, at 3525 West Carson Street in Torrance.
At STACKED, guests will find an inventive menu, a helpful and personable wait staff, and an eclectic and refreshingly modern interior. The menu is built around America’s favorite foods—burgers, pizzas, salads, and sausages—with a quality and range of ingredients that rivals what is found in pricier, casual-dining restaurant settings. Guests will be able to design their order in a create-your-own-menu format or choose from creative signature items built around flavors from across the world.
“We wanted to create something entirely new in the restaurant industry—a ‘Fast-Casual Plus’ dining segment that would really give our guests the unprecedented ability to control their own experience,” says Paul Motenko, co-founder, STACKED Restaurants. “Today, people want great food and attentive service, but not at unreasonable or exorbitant costs. Our guests will have the luxury of designing their order to include exactly what they want and how they want it prepared, and then pay for only what is ordered.”
STACKED’s menu, replete with scores of topping, sauce, and preparation options, will engage the guest’s inventive natures. If guests prefer to build their own burger rather than choosing one of STACKED’s inspired signature dishes, options include certified Angus beef, chicken, turkey, salmon, or a vegetarian burger. To “stack” their burger, they can select from four different buns and dozens of cheeses, toppings, and sauces that range from garlic aioli and Wasabi mayo to caramelized onions and roasted peppers.
Signature burgers include “The Wake Up Call,” which features a fried egg, Swiss cheese, bacon, and sundried tomato aioli topped with freshly made potato chips on a pretzel bun.
Guests can also choose to stack pizzas, sausages, or salads with a similar number and range of toppings. Also on the menu are beer and wine, plus signature and customizable shakes and ice cream sandwiches. Mouth-watering sides include sweet potato fries, onion strings, fries, and coleslaw. The kid’s menu features mini burgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders, and mac’n cheese.
The secret ingredient behind keeping quality and service high and prices low is the use of proprietary software integrated throughout the restaurant from operations and the kitchen to iPads at each table. Guests will be able to design their meal and order from their tableside iPads or can choose to order more traditionally via an attentive server. They can also store their menu favorites and order in advance for faster service when they arrive.
“At STACKED, the guests become the chef, creating their own meals with an almost magical electronic menu infused with proprietary software which allows them to direct the efforts of the kitchen team and control the cost and speed of their meal,” Motenko says. “We are not replacing good service with technology. Rather the iPads serve as a tool to dramatically improve the dining experience for our guests while enabling us to keep menu prices down.”
Designed by Jordan Mozer and Associates of Chicago, the architecture and interior design of STACKED is inspired by the re-invented, urban manufacturing buildings favored by fashion designers, sculptors, photographers, filmmakers, and young chefs. The restaurant design is composed of equal parts of raw practicality and surreal imagination. The façade features raw, hot-rolled steel accented by lacey industrial steel sash with a collage of saturated glass windows in orange, red, and amber. Door pulls have been hand-carved and cast in recycled magnesium-aluminum alloy and acid-washed.
Guests will dine on slabs of solid maple with booths framed in raw structural steel and finished with wood and heavy tooling leather fastened with copper nails. Furnishings include heavy duty cabinets with massive industrial hinges. Finishing touches include hand-blown light fixtures and an expansive, abstract mural wall that extends the creative culinary side of the dining experience.
Based in Newport Beach, California, STACKED: food well built is owned by Stacked Restaurants, LLC. Operating hours of the Torrance location are 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. during the week and 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on the weekends. The restaurant’s phone number is (310) 542-5068.
Two additional locations are planned for Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego this summer and Los Cerritos Center in the fall.