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Foodie Flashes Nov. 25, 2016

Posted: November 25th, 2016 | Featured, Food & Drink, Foodie Flashes | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. Winemaker Emily Bloom asks, “Why should grapes have all the fun?” when citing seven different alternative-fruit wines available for the current soft opening of California Fruit Wine Company’s new tasting room in Hillcrest. The company’s production facility was established several years ago in Carlsbad by siblings Alan and Brian Haghighi for crafting vinos made with pineapples, mangos, pomegranates and cherries. Cranberries have entered into the equation for a seasonal wine that’s […]

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Foodie Flashes Oct. 28, 2016

Posted: October 28th, 2016 | Featured, Food & Drink, Foodie Flashes | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. The owners of The Waterfront Bar & Grill in Little Italy — Chad Cline and Jason Nichols — have opened Banzai Bar in Loma Portal. According to manager Chris Ninteman, “We’re the only establishment in town that can show live home games of the San Diego Gulls.”

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Foodie Flashes Sept. 30, 2016

Posted: September 30th, 2016 | Featured, Food & Drink, Foodie Flashes | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. The kitchen is up and running at North Park Beer Co., which formed a recent partnership with Mastiff Sausage Company to oversee food operations. Mastiff’s beer-friendly menu includes oxtail French onion soup, Scotch eggs, sausage tacos, and lamb stew made with the beer company’s signature stout.

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Foodie Flashes Sept. 2, 2016

Posted: September 2nd, 2016 | Featured, Food & Drink, Foodie Flashes | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. Casting call: Katie Hance of Levity Entertainment Group in Los Angeles is looking for chefs in Southern California who specialize in dishes involving burgers, bacon, cheese, or carnival-style foods to compete in the Food Network series, “Guy’s Grocery’s Games.”

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Foodie Flashes Aug. 19, 2016

Posted: August 19th, 2016 | Featured, Food & Drink, Foodie Flashes | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. Without explanation, Lil B’s Urban Eatery in North Park abruptly closed earlier this month. The restaurant was launched in 2012 by Brian Stout, who had previously co-owned the former Brian’s American Eatery on Washington Street. That too had suddenly closed before Great Maple moved in.

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Foodie Flashes Aug. 5, 2016

Posted: August 5th, 2016 | Featured, Food & Drink, Foodie Flashes | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. The Octopus Restaurant Group from Los Angeles has soft-opened the much-anticipated H20 Sushi & Izakaya in the Hillcrest space previously occupied by D-Bar. Termed as a “Japanese gastropub,” the establishment brings to the table modern presentations of traditional Japanese cuisine served amid flashy design elements such as metal curtains, blue LED lighting, and a large screen projecting scenes of San Diego.

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Foodie Flashes July 22, 2016

Posted: July 22nd, 2016 | Featured, Food & Drink, Foodie Flashes | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. New Jersey transplants Simon Wolujewicz and his wife, Karly, are preparing for a mid-September opening of Bull & Grain in the Googie-style building that recently housed Tabletop Commons. “We’re giving it a makeover and there will be no resemblance to a gaming bar when we’re finished,” said Wolujewicz, who worked in the liquor industry and executed interior design projects for bars, restaurants and casinos before recently moving to San Diego.

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Foodie Flashes July 8, 2016

Posted: July 8th, 2016 | Featured, Food & Drink, Foodie Flashes | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. After a 10-year run, The Tractor Room in Hillcrest is closing with a final brunch from 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., July 10. Co-owner Johnny Rivera put the business up for sale several months ago with the hopes of finding a buyer “that would enhance the neighborhood.” But that didn’t pan out, he said. So he and business partner Andy Beardslee decided to close the cocktail-centric restaurant rather than wait any […]

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Foodie Flashes June 24, 2016

Posted: June 24th, 2016 | Featured, Food & Drink, Foodie Flashes | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. The owner of Tabletop Commons in Hillcrest has confirmed through a series of posts on Reddit that he sold the game-centric bar and café to “a highly motivated couple” who will take over the Googie-style structure on July 20 for a restaurant concept yet to be announced.

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Foodie Flashes June 10, 2016

Posted: June 10th, 2016 | Featured, Food & Drink, Foodie Flashes | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. Taking shape in Bankers Hill is The Corner Drafthouse, due to open by late June at Laurel Street and Fifth Avenue in the space previously occupied by Hexagone. The drink menu will spotlight more than 70 local and regional beers on tap, as well as wine and craft cocktails.

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