Around San Diego, restaurateur-chef Tracy Borkum is known as much for her design talent as she is for her innovative cuisine. After fielding requests from patrons for years — where can we get that table/lamp/artwork? — Borkum came up with a really neat concept for her new Cucina Enoteca in Irvine. Pretty much everything is for sale. That's right. If you like it, you can buy it! While some of the decor is vintage or from national retailers (the throw pillows from Anthropologie aren't for sale), much of it is made by local artisans from the Southern California area, like the orange wire Bend chairs by L.A. designer Gaurav Nanda
($360 to $398) and pendant lights by Del Mar artist Jennifer Price
($230 to $420). Diners can also select smaller items ranging from cutting boards to wall sinks. They're all listed on a special menu at the host stand. Simply place your order and expect delivery a few weeks later. (Read more about what's for sale in the LA Times
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