Reader Christine sent a tip letting me know that the Facebook page for a Solvang eatery has announced its closure. “It is with the heaviest hearts and most disappointments that we are announcing the closure of Bacon & Brine,” says owner Chef Pink. “We can not express enough gratitude for those who’ve helped along the way and the support of this community that we’ve experienced.” Crystal “Chef Pink” DeLongpré and her wife and business partner, Courtney Rae DeLongpré, opened Bacon & Brine at 1622 Copenhagen Drive in Solvang in June 2014.

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  1. Steve Kantor says:

    I would really like the whole story to come out. Chef Pink and Courtney funded their restaurant through community funding. They were loved and their food was great. What happened?

  2. rick says:

    Hello all of you patient and supporting folks.
    My heart is broken from every which way as I tell you that Bacon & Brine has closed it’s doors as of 8/12. We are legally bound to not disclose why, but it was not for lack of support, good food, hard work and great business.
    As many of you may know we had financial hardship since day one of our new project as the restaurant space we took over had not been kept up to code for 30 years…..yeah. We ended up having to foot the bill for massive reconstruction and although the 20,000 in fundraising we received helped, and was so graciously given, it was less than 10% of what it took to open the doors.
    We are so sorry that we were not able to keep our “perk”commitments to you for your fundraising donations and I hope that you can accept our heartfelt apology and believe we entered into this project with all good intentions.

    If you feel that we have truly wronged you, as some seem to and can not understand the compromised situation we were put into, please keep it in your heart and mind that there is only so much the two of us can do.
    We love and thank you all and hope that you will all understand.
    Thank you,
    Chef Pink & Courtney Rae

    Chef Pink

    Owner // Chef

    Bacon & Brine

  3. Christine! says:

    I am so sorry to read that- I have several friends who contributed to the kickstarter/fundraising efforts- including one who purchased a evening of teaching/eating that was never spoken about after donating the funds. When it was casually brought up to the owners, she was always given a hearty THANK YOU for your support comment- and it was left at that.

    It has been pointed out that they put $300,000+ into a restaurant that they also paid monthy rent to, they did not own the building…we have all seen, countless times, people with much talent go into business without much business sense, and maybe they are now on one side of a lawsuit if they are bound to keep tightlipped on what really happened.

    Either way- these gals are much loved, and are having a LAST HOORAH send off Thursday 4 or 5 pm to 8 pm at Bacon & Brine, with EVERYTHING that isn’t nailed down for sale- kimchi available if you bring your own containers.

    • rick says:

      Would have been nice if they invited all their kickstarter supporters first! No e mail, no call, no meeting their offer and commitment! Sorry, not the way to treat your local supporters and customers! I do wish them well! Will have second thoughts before I offer cash for future kickstarter campaigns!

      • Christine! says:

        It is rather deplorable- and I am pretty sure they never, ever intended for this to be their 1 yr anniversary situation…..they made it just shy of a week to being open a year.

      • Halina says:

        Mind you, a risk for any and all outcomes stem from Kickstarter programs! You elected for this! Did you forget that it was a choice to support without hardcore promises?

        We have been going there since there first location and they are hard working people who had great intentions. So, keep in mind that Pink and Courtney’s entire life has been impacted and YOU simply loss some change! They shared their talent for many years and we were lucky to have had that! Now it’s time to support them as they pickup the pieces! So cut the crap!

        • christine! says:

          You can support Chef Pink at Hotel Corque- her new digs. Nothing will change the fact that they asked for support from the community, that they never fulfilled the kick starter promises that came with the support program- people never forget that. They may go for a meal or two at Root 246, but they won’t forget the scam…

  4. Christine says:

    “We are legally bound to not disclose why…” Goes on to say the facility was out of code and caused them to take on funding the upgrades…

    I’ve been a big fan of Chef Pink’s food and will continue to be, but this sounds like airing dirty laundry and that’s not pretty at all.

    Please come back down to SB! Even Goleta, maybe? Or Carp?

  5. Gary Sudder says:

    There was NO local email to their supporters–simply–thanks for supporting, ba bye. Intentional or likely not, it was rude and very american. Not the respect, courtesy culture. THese “charitable” campaigns appear to be a scam for folks to get money for for profits businesses and pull on heart strings with eloquent messages of woe, or awesomeness.

    Another american economic hustle.

    • Sheralyn Lime says:

      Seriously? Well what shame that the haters didnt get their chance to personally sling mud with a smile of their face while stabbing them in the back. Whats wrong with you all?

  6. With supporters like Christine and Gary Sudder Im shocked. Ive seen the blood, sweat and tears in their journey to make opening a establishment for the people, to come eat and grow with them. Their hearts were always in the right place. I imagine inviti g a bunch of angry “Christine’s ” would make their overwhelming feeling of defeat feel so much better, don’t you think? I think thier true supporters will show and for all of you who lost money, it was not given from your heart if you are feeling it’s personal and the word “scam” is down right BS. I can’t believe you think these hard working women scammed a thing. They lost their dream. Have some compassion. Is this Solvang? I wouldn’t spend a cent there if this is how people write about fellow businesses that struggled and failed. Contempt prior to investigation by the better thans. The better thans that sit back , never attempt to capture their own dreams but quick to attack the ones who have the guts to attack their own. Whether they win or lose, they learned a lot. For one thing, there’s always going to be haters. Much love to these two lovely ladies I wish you God Speed and all your dreams come true.

    • christine! says:

      Go see her at Hotel Corque-Root 246, she has been the Chef there for months now….not sure why they haven’t announced it or even have her name on the website/social media. Its as if nether party want anyone to know…..

    • Christine says:

      Are you responding to my posts after all these months? I’m the one who shared the FB post with John to post here, so people could go to the closing to say thank you and goodbye to Chef Pink and Courtney. There are certainly nastier comments to call out here than any of mine. I’ve been a fan of Chef Pink for ages, have posted to that effect. Please go back and reread the comments, and rethink your angst against my posts!

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