Opening a new restaurant can be challenging, especially when it takes over the space of a longtime local fixture. Some restaurateurs embrace the influence of neighborhood tradition, while others strike out in a bold new direction. One of Santa Cruz’s newest eateries, Splash!, proves that it’s possible to do both at once. In the Winter 2016 issue of Santa Cruz Style, I interview Splash! co-owner Germaine Akin. She reveals the history of the former Carniglia’s space, the unique joys and challenges of running a restaurant on the Santa Cruz Wharf, and Splash!’s evolution. Chef Caleb Hanscom discusses his approach to cooking, and head bartender Ethan Samuels explains how he develops and pairs cocktails with the menu. The online edition appears here.