Former Top Chef finalist Brian Malarkey and business partner James Brennan are building a trio of concepts in San Diego based on a blueprint of “social dining” that they intend to multiply in other cities. The partners in San Diego-based Enlightened Hospitality Group first created Searsucker, which opened in July, 2010, a 7,000-square-foot blend of a restaurant and lounge with a classic American menu in the city’s historic Gaslamp district. Searsucker generated $8 million ...

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