Brian Bonar is a successful entrepreneur from Scotland who has built a restaurant empire in North County, California. His first restaurant was the bistro Bellamy, which is where renowned chef Patrick Ponsaty is currently working his culinary magic. Previously, Bellamy was Tango, and featured progressive dishes in an attempt to broaden the scope of fine dining in Escondido.
After the restaurant was renamed, Bonar searched for staff at one of his favorite eateries–El Bizcocho at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. El Bizcocho announced a complete overhaul, which was a good business move, except for the fact that the “soul” of the restaurant (the professionals who had been there for years) was let go.
Because of this, Bellamy’s had the pleasure of landing Trevor Da Costa for the front of the house, and former El Bizcocho book Mike Reidy was hired as the executive chef.
In addition to Bellamy’s, White Pages says that Brian Bonar is also the mastermind behind Ranch at Bandy Canyon (https://about.me/brianbonar). The restaurant is on a 144-acre lot, and, Bonar is looking to turn the restaurant into a top-notch event space that includes a one-of-a-kind restaurant. However, he needs a marquee chef to pull it off.
In the meantime, Brian Bonar can certainly count on Patric Ponsaty to make Bellamy even more of a success. The French chef has also been tapped to take a leadership role in the kitchen at The Ranch at Bandy Canyon, and is sure to present refined French cuisine that will impress every guest who dines there.
Ponsaty has been compared to Thomas Keller in terms of his talent, but is much more soft-spoken and gentle. The Bellamy’s chef is also the 2012 winner of the Meilleurs Ouvrier de France, and was also part of the El Bizcocho staff before making the transition into Bonar’s thriving restaurant business ventures.