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Scratch Kitchen, located at 610 North H Street, has won the latest Economic Vitality Award. Shown from left: Jenelle Osborne, City Councilmember; Chef/Co-Owner Gonzalo Pacheco; Jeremy Ball, EDC Vice-Chair; Chef/Co-owner Augusto Caudillo; Maria Hall, EDC Chair; Jasmine McGinty, City Development Programs Specialist; and Henry Gallina, EDC member.

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On Dec. 14, the Lompoc Economic Development Committee presented its Economic Vitality Award, or EVA, to Scratch Kitchen Restaurant and Wine Bar located at 610 North H Street. Chef/owner Augusto Caudillo was proud to receive the award, which was based on their innovation, filling a vacant building, community involvement and promotion of the wine industry.

After working at some of the finest restaurants in Montecito and Santa Barbara, Le Cordon Bleu-trained Caudillo and his brother-in-law Gonzalo Pacheco decided to bring fine dining to Lompoc, where they live with their families.

Prior to opening in 2015, the owners undertook an extensive renovation of the building interior, which Caudillo documented on Facebook. The space which was formerly occupied by the Don Pepe Mexican restaurant, was transformed from a dark and dated den into an inviting, vibrant and visually appealing gathering place. Most of the furnishings were created by repurposing other items such as old gears, reclaimed wood and metal. New windows and a beautiful copper wine bar added to the atmosphere.

Opened in May 2015, Scratch Kitchen entered the Lompoc restaurant scene and instantly became a local favorite. “The restaurant that Lompoc deserves”, as Caudillo is fond of saying.

The concept of locally-sourced food made from scratch gives the restaurant its name. Scratch features farm-to-table local ingredients which keeps the menu changing often.

Bar manager/wine director Keith Parker has a background in winemaking, therefore Scratch’s wine selection is extensive. A rotating list of the best in local, small production wines wine is featured, as well as local craft beer, cider, cocktails and locally roasted coffee.

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A recent trip to Scratch Kitchen found Caudillo greeting us inside the door. The space was warm and relaxing. The menus are purposely kept small, but contain selections not found elsewhere in Lompoc, such as duck breast, lamb burger, crab cakes and pulled pork, among other unique dishes. Other favorites include hamburgers, salads, sandwiches, chicken, steak, pork chops, seafood and short ribs.

Sunday brunch consists of a buffet as well as an a la carte menu. Fruit, egg dishes, burgers, salads, French toast and mimosas round out the selections. Happy Hour consists of wine, cocktails and small plate meals.

Scratch Kitchen is open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Happy Hour is Tuesday through Sunday from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday brunch is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday dinner is 5 to 9 p.m. They can be reached at (805) 819-0829 or info@scratch-kitchen.com

Building the Future Today is a column by the Lompoc Economic Development Committee. The column runs on the first and third Sundays of each month. To contact the committee, email lompocedc@gmail.com. Lompoc Economic Development Committee can also be liked on Facebook.

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