Proprietors Mark and Lani Verge purchased The OP Café in 2006 and recruited Chef John Fanali to recreate the menu and oversee operations. Chef Fanali grew up learning the art of simple healthy cooking at his family’ s home-style luncheonette in the New England hamlet of Bridgeport, Connecticut. There he cultivated the tradition of choosing from only the freshest produce available, the highest quality ingredients, and allowing flavors to marinate long enough to bring out the best in the classic American fare and ancestral recipes that nourished his old neighborhood.Now residing in the beautiful oceanside community of Santa Monica, Chef Fanali lives his passion. He loves food almost as much as he loves his wife Sylvia and his young daughter and son. His creativity is expressed in the housemade marinades, vinegars, relishes, and sauces that season The OP Café’ s flavorful breakfast and lunch offerings. His love of fusion dishes can be found in the bold bites of the Korean beef rib tacos, the blended spices of the pulled pork sandwich (smoked low and slow for eight hours), the Southwest seasonings of the Sante Fe wrap, and his spicy wakeup call—aka, the Diablo breakfast burrito.