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Crush and Brew expands kitchen, menu, to the delight of Temecula foodies–Beer, Wine, and Dine in Old Town

Crush and Brew opens new menu, expands restaurant (c) Crispin Courtenay

Crush and Brew opens new menu, expands restaurant (c) Crispin Courtenay

By Corie Maue, Temecula

In late 2013, an Old Town Temecula kitchen quietly closed.

Would this be the end of another beloved gathering place–another tale of one who tried, but just could not quite make it? Thankfully, the story of Crush & Brew is quite the opposite – a happy ending. Strike that; a happy beginning.

Crush and Brew Restaurant Manager Spencer Szczygiel (c) Crispin Courtenay

Crush and Brew Restaurant Manager Spencer Szczygiel (c) Crispin Courtenay

Although a risk, the kitchen closure and subsequent reopening was a strategic move that paid off exactly as planned: with increased sales and delighted customers. “We had been serving salads and panini’s from the beginning, but our clients were hungry for more,” said manager Spencer Szczygiel. “It was time to bite the bullet and expand the space from a prep area with a panini press to a full service kitchen.”

Crush and Brew Old Town Temecula, Executive Chef Daragh Matheson

Crush and Brew Old Town Temecula, Executive Chef Daragh Matheson

Executive Chef Daragh Matheson was at the ready to redesign the menu, which now features favorites like… the Brew Burger (Kobe beef, sauteed onions, mushrooms, Gorgonzola)

The Brew Burger, Crush and Brew Old Town Temecula (c) Crispin Courtenay

The Brew Burger, Crush and Brew Old Town Temecula (c) Crispin Courtenay

From Fish & Chips, and a creamy, cheesey-licious Mac & Cheese (with bacon!).

Mac and Cheese with Bacon at Crush and Brew Old Town Temecula (c) Crispin Courtenay

Mac and Cheese with Bacon at Crush and Brew Old Town Temecula (c) Crispin Courtenay

“Our simpler fare was always a hit, designed to pair well with beer and wine, but our clients wanted more,” said Matheson. “Offering some heartier dishes, and more elevated fare, is a win all around.”

Chef dishing on new menu at Crush and Brew Old Town Temecula Restaurant (c) Crispin Courtenay

Chef dishing on new menu at Crush and Brew Old Town Temecula Restaurant (c) Crispin Courtenay

When deciding which items to add to the menu, Matheson had plenty of resources to draw from. As Executive Chef of the Restaurant at Leoness and culinary instructor at Chaffey College, he seeks to add a creative twist to traditional dishes while maintaining a balance of flavors in every bite.

Oysters on ice at Crush and Brew Old Town Temecula Restaurant (c) Crispin Courtenay

Oysters on ice at Crush and Brew Old Town Temecula Restaurant (c) Crispin Courtenay

Not one to sit still for long, Matheson has further plans for the menu at Crush & Brew.

Crush and Brew Old Town Temecula Restaurant Oysters up close (c) Crispin Courtenay

Crush and Brew Old Town Temecula Restaurant Oysters up close (c) Crispin Courtenay

“I’d really like to bring some gluten free options to the table,” he remarked, noting that the gluten free pastas and other offerings featured at Leoness are overwhelmingly popular.

Charcutterie board enough for 4 to enjoy with local Temecula beer and wine selections at Crush and Brew, Old Town (c) Crispin Courtenay

Charcutterie board enough for 4 to enjoy with local Temecula beer and wine selections at Crush and Brew, Old Town (c) Crispin Courtenay

“Daragh’s food is the perfect compliment to our selection of local beer and wine,” said Szczygiel. “Our guests are loving the new menu and we are busier than ever.”

Caesar Salad at Old Town Temecula's Crush and Brew Restaurant (c) Crispin Courtenay

Caesar Salad at Old Town Temecula’s Crush and Brew Restaurant (c) Crispin Courtenay

With over 30 taps, all of which feature beer from the Inland Empire (Southwest Riverside County), or San Diego County, and about the same number of wine varietals offered from nine artisan wineries, Crush & Brew offers a beverage to please any palate. The always popular local beer and wine selections, combined with the expanded menu, all offered daily for lunch and dinner.

Crush and Brew Beer at Old Town Temecula Restaurant (c) Crispin Courtenay

Crush and Brew Beer at Old Town Temecula Restaurant (c) Crispin Courtenay

Guests can enjoy Happy Hour daily from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. and live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Check the web site and the Temecula Grapevine calendar for events schedule.

“We can’t wait to see what the new year brings,” Szczygiel said. “The best is yet to come.”

Crush & Brew is located: 28544 Front Street, Temecula CA
On the web: http://www.crushnbrew.com/
Or call: 951-693-4567

Story by Corie Maue

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About Ashley Ludwig

Ashley Ludwig is an Editor for Patch News, Orange County and Los Angeles. She is also an inspirational romantic suspense author.

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