“We’ve created a place where sports fans and fine dining foodies can come together.” – Teemu Selanne
Kevin Pratt and Teemu Selanne
Members at Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club, Coto de Caza, Calif., since 1998 (Pratt) and 2001 (Selanne)
BY PAULA FELPS / PHOTO BY THOMAS ALLEMAN — Summer 2017
Who they are: Co-owners of Selanne Steak Tavern and the adjacent retail TS Gourmet Shoppe in Laguna Beach, Calif.
How it happened: Retired NHL great Selanne had dreamed of owning a restaurant, and when he learned his good friend, Orange County businessman Pratt, had the same idea, they joined forces. “Here we are a few years later with a restaurant in one of the most beautiful locations in Southern California,” Pratt says.
What they offer: The upscale tavern serves modern American fare and artisanal cocktails and boasts a wine list lauded by Wine Spectator. TS Gourmet Shoppe stocks many of the oils and seasonings used in menu items, as well as hockey memorabilia. “There’s a little something for everyone to take home,” Selanne says.
A day in the life: Both men oversee operations and Selanne sometimes slips behind the bar to mix drinks. “I love meeting the people who are dining with us.”