By Kristina Houck
In a little more than a year, restaurateur Mozy Jahanguiri has completely renovated Rancho Santa Fe Bistro.
Formerly The Pantry, Jahanguiri changed the village eatery’s name, menu and dining area after purchasing the restaurant in January 2013. He recently finished upgrades to the patio, the latest phase of the renovation.
“I did it all myself,” said Jahanguiri as he pointed to various features of the courtyard. “I built this wall. I ordered this pot from Italy.”
The expanded patio now has 16 tables decorated in green-and-white checkered tablecloths. Potted flowers and plants line the courtyard, which also features fruit trees, a fountain and an archway to a path leading to the entrance of the restaurant.
In addition to expanding the patio and planting the garden, Jahanguiri also installed a fire pit and created a sitting area on the left side of Rancho Santa Fe Bistro. He plans to hire a classic guitar player to perform in the courtyard during dinner service.
“This is all new,” Jahanguiri said. “Nothing was here before. It looks much better.”
Jahanguiri has worked in the restaurant industry since he was a 16-year-old living in Chicago. In 1978, he opened his first restaurant, Toulouse, in his hometown. He went on to open and operate several restaurants in Chicago, Minneapolis and Dallas. Awards, news clippings and photographs from his past successes are framed on the walls throughout his latest venture in the village of Rancho Santa Fe.
He decided to re-enter the industry when he relocated to California from Texas to be closer to his 25-year-old son, Sam, who served two tours in Afghanistan as a special forces Marine.
After purchasing the restaurant, Jahanguiri began renovating the inside. He installed new restrooms and a wood wine cellar to house more than 2,000 bottles of French and American wines.
“The reason I opened it here is because I don’t want to be a tourist,” said Jahanguiri, 65, who resides in Carlsbad. “I want to know the locals like I did at my other locations.”
Located at 6024 Paseo Delicias in Suite C, Rancho Santa Fe Bistro is open for brunch 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The restaurant is open for dinner 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
From an array of salads, to duck breast and steak, Rancho Santa Fe Bistro offers a variety of menu items.
“We have good, healthy food for good value. Everybody feels comfortable and at home,” Jahanguiri said. “I want to make it the best I can.”
For more information about Rancho Santa Fe Bistro, call 858-756-1221 or visit ranchosantafebistro.com.