Member Highlight: Pickled Monk
Pickled Monk: A Little Spot for Everybody
A neighborhood hub for folks to drink and grub, Pickled Monk is “a little spot for everybody,” described Chelsea Coltman, general manager of the new downtown Fullerton establishment.
Upon entering, guests are directed to the host stand by black carpet and deep orange railings. There, they are welcomed with warm smiles and greetings from the staff under the light emitting from a double halo chandelier you would expect to see in a monastery.
The dining area nods at an abbey, with dimmed yellow lights and booths designed like pews. Customers may also choose to sit at the bar height tables right along the sidewalk, offering a glimpse at the people and cars passing along Commonwealth Avenue and a feel for the warm sun or cool breeze upon their faces.
Punny locator holders with statements reading “Love is ale you need!” and “Two beer, or not two beer?” are placed throughout the seating area, and large windows invite natural daylight to contrast the natural brick walls.
Located in the heart of a city rich in its culture, its people and its history, the eatery’s vibe mimics the community that surrounds it. The Pickled Monk team takes time to chat with customers, bringing the community closer through conversation and food.
The eatery’s dynamic menu, created by Chef David Fuñe, features an array of options including Crisp Portobello Fries, Brussels Sprouts and Messieurs Reuben Burger.
In addition, the gastropub features a unique craft beer room, full bar, and bright green beer vending machine, offering a little bit of everything for everyone. Customers can purchase a “Pour My Beer” card, granting them access to perhaps the most unique aspect of Pickled Monk — a self-serve brews experience.
According to Coltman, over six months of meetings and food tastings brought this restaurant vision to fruition including ideas inspired by a blend of the team members’ experiences and knowledge. Among the collaborators was Tim McCune, one of the founders of Dana Point’s Salt Creek Grille, who with business partner Sri Divel, conceived the new addition to Fullerton’s downtown.
“Pickled is synonymous to ‘drunk,’ a term well-suited for this beer bar,” explained McCune when describing the selection of the unusual name. “And why monk?,” he continued. “Monastic brewing traditions date to medieval times when monks and nuns said they should live by the labors of their own hands and not accept charity. One way monks have traditionally raised funds is through brewing and selling beer.” Thus, the Pickled Monk name came to be.
The food and beer joint values their customers and their opinions, taking them to heart and acting on them.
“We listen to our customers,” she continued. “We are always open to suggestions, evolving and listening to what may need to change.”
If you haven’t already had the chance, swing by Pickled Monk for a drink, a bite to eat and for some warm hospitality from the friendly restaurant team.
Pickled Monk is located at 101 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92832. Visit their website to view their menu and to see more photos of their tasty dishes.