Later that year, Taylor joined Russ in San Jose to embark on the adventure of opening Blush. By the fall of 2011, they completed the plan and secured financing for their first restaurant and bar in the newly developed San Pedro Square Market in downtown San Jose. In April 2012, Blush Raw Bar + Lounge opened its doors and began serving up the signature Blush cocktails, nicknamed Blushies, which immediately sparked a cult following.
Encouraged by the success of the first restaurant and the potential for the brand, Taylor and Russ began a search along the California coast to expand the concept. The criteria for new locations was simple: open new restaurants in places where they personally wanted to live and play. By 2014, they had found an ideal spot in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter and unveiled the second restaurant, renamed Blush Ice Bar, in the summer of 2015.
The duo have plans to continue the adventure and serve up Blushies in markets across the U.S.