Rancho Valencia just pulled an MC Hammer and dropped $30mil in one fell swoop. It strongly considered using it to payroll an entourage of 40 people it grew up with in the Bay (plus racehorses!), but at the last second changed its mind and opened two new spots to meet hot older women who already own racehorses, and they're called Veladora and The Pony Room.
Veladora: Basically a cozy/rustic little hideaway serving a hyper local "Coastal Ranch" menu, V features iron fixtures, throw pillows galore, and a strategically placed, fractal-esque art piece called “Imploration”, which is completely made of real butterfly wings and can be seen from any seat in the house (eat up, lepidopterophobes!).
Said menu was designed by Chef Eric Bauer, who's so serious about local ingredients he actually goes as far as taste testing produce at local farms to leverage different harvest times, has six beehives on the property for honey/trying to capture Winnie The Pooh, and just installed an olive grove for oil production. The predominately surf & turf menu involves edibles like lamb osso buco ragu with housemade penne rigate, a pastrami-spiced “PLTA” (pancetta, lettuce, tomato, avo, chili pepper aioli), and a 55-day dry aged prime New York Strip with roasted shallot confit, glazed asparagus, and their very own “RV Steak Sauce”
The Pony Room: Shockingly not designed specifically for Nick Perreta, the polo-themed Pony Room has quite a bit in common with Veladora: vaulted ceilings/ rustic feel/ food-from-that-guy-who-may-be-the-dude-from-24's-brother. The menu though skews more towards fancified bar eats like candied garlic chicken wings, Maine lobster wood-fired pizza with wild mushrooms and Mt. Tam cheese, and the signature Rancho Burger with house-cured pancetta/ garlic/ jalapeno pickles/ and “the sauce”, which those crazy jalapenos obviously already hit.
Further setting the spot apart is the fire pit-laden outdoor patio, and a massive marble bar sporting over 100 tequilas, 25 crafty brews (from La Chouffe Houblon Chouffe to Old Chub Scotch Ale), and eight signature tipples like the Neck Shot with serrano-infused simple syrup, house-made grapefruit soda, and blanco tequila that should be consumed carefully, lest it Stop! (your) Hammer Time.