Bacon and Brine restaurant closes abruptly

Photo by Tenley Fohl Photography Chef Pink and Courtney Rae DeLongpre owned and operated their Solvang restaurant Bacon and Brine for three years before suddenly closing in mid-August.

Bacon and Brine restaurant closes abruptly

SYV Star Staff Report

Crystal “Chef Pink” DeLongpre and Courtney Rae DeLongpre announced Aug. 11 that they were immediately closing their Bacon and Brine restaurant, without giving a reason for the closure.

“It is with the heaviest hearts and most disappointments that we are announcing the closure of Bacon & Brine. We can not express enough gratitude for those who’ve helped along the way and the support of this community that we’ve experienced,” they posted on the Facebook page.

Just a year ago the women were quickly outgrowing and moving their small kitchen space in Atterdag Square (where The Hummingbird Cafe is now) to the corner of Copenhagen and Second Street next to the blue windmill and Sevtap.

They raised nearly $25,000 in a kickstarter campaign to help with covering costs and their $175,000 debt, They said in a Facebook post that they weren’t able to obtain a traditional business loan. They offered their large fan base perks for pitching in.

The many reviews on their Facebook page are mostly five stars, with people saying they are return customers and posting pictures of their favorite food items.

When the SYV Star staff asked about a reason for the closure, the DeLongpres said they couldn’t comment at the moment and would send out a release when they were able.