OFI Management has just signed a lease with Finney’s Crafthouse and Kitchen opening in the summer of 2019. The restaurant will be taking over the first floor of the Stanley Gardner Building located at the corner of California and Main Street. Jim DeArkland, a local developer and owner of the Stanley Gardner building, purchased the building in 2015 and conducted extensive research on both the interior and exterior character defining elements and employed a preservation company who meticulously restored the original terra cotta exterior. He wanted to revitalize the rich history of the building on such an iconic corner of Ventura. Locally called “The Gardner Building” after the late Erle Stanley Gardner, a local lawyer who in his spare time became one of Ventura’s most well-known authors; his office was located on the 3rd floor of the building where he wrote his first Perry Mason Series, bits of Ventura found their way into his books and stories.
Finney’s Crafthouse & Kitchen is a locally owned and operated restaurant and bar that is committed to supporting local businesses by offering 30 local craft beers on tap, a local wine list, and hand-crafted cocktails using local spirits. Finney’s is thrilled to be opening in the iconic Earl Stanley Gardner building in Downtown Ventura.
“We couldn’t be happier to have Finney’s coming to downtown Ventura. We think they are going to be a great addition to the downtown Ventura beach vibe and local business economy.” said Mr. DeArkland