What happens when you put wine, food, matchmaking and “Amador,” or lover, in Spanish together?
You get “Crush,” at 432 E. Haley St. Just in time for this year’s wine crush season.
La Cumbre Country Club food and beverage manager Michael Amador and his certified professional matchmaker wife, Lisa, came up with the Crush idea almost five years ago. They are being known as the “Amadorables.”
“I wouldn’t say it’s a dream come true since I’ve started restaurants,” the husband said. “I would say it’s a project come true.” He noted that he has been in the high-quality restaurant industry for more than 20 years and has been food and beverage manger at San Ysidro Ranch Resort and chef at the Canary Hotel.
However, he acknowledged that the long, complicated process fraught with disappointments and delays has led to the exciting opening of Crush, a simple but quality place where they want everyone to know your name.
Finally, Crush is in full operation with an afternoon grand opening set for Sept, 27.
Along with a tasty menu, Crush features more than 20 exceptional Central Coast wines from small, boutique producers. Their production is so small, most of those wines are hard to find in retail stores. Michael Amador is excited to help some of the small winemakers he knows get attention.
Along with the unique dishes served at Crush, a Napa Technology wine dispenser is featured. Patrons buy a card, insert it into the dispenser and press a button for a taste, half glass or full measure of wine. Such a device may only be found on the Central Coast so far in Buellton and Ventura.
The dispenser uses argon gas to keep the wines fresh. A patron may dispense his or her own wine or ask the wait staff to do it. Crush also has an ample selection of beer along with Kombucha and soft drinks.
Daily food specials are also planned as the Crush menu grows from small bites to full lunches and dinners.
Along with wine dinners, the Amadors plan to have meet-ups for singles and other groups. Lisa wants to have her singles group meet once a month. She recently re-branded her business as Amador Matchmaking, formerly Santa Barbara Matchmaking.
For more information, see https://www.crushsb.com/
The opening of Crush comes when it’s becoming popular to call the neighborhood “the Lagoon District,” as the area to the southwest is called the Funk Zone.
The Amadors would prefer to call their business the Laguna District, since that the name of a street in the area.