When Scott McIntosh was 15 and washing dishes in Long Beach, he never imagined what the restaurant business would mean to him, or that more than 30 years later he would be opening his own restaurants.
McIntosh's latest project, Mexican-themed Asada, opened last week at 480 S. Coast Hwy.
"I've opened a lot of restaurants in my life, but this is probably my favorite one," he said. "I love my restaurant."
McIntosh was first brought into the restaurant business by the Nickoloffs, who hired him as a dishwasher at Nick's in Long Beach in the late '70s.
Craig Nickoloff later asked McIntosh to help his son, Nick, open a restaurant in Laguna Beach, and McIntosh jumped at the chance. In 2008, Nick's Laguna Beach was born.
Now no longer involved with Nick's, McIntosh focuses purely on Asada. He couldn't be prouder of it.
Although he considers Asada a sophisticated take on Mexican cuisine, he didn't want a Spartan atmosphere that pushed people out the door.