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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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Foodie Flashes May 27, 2016

Posted: May 27th, 2016 | Featured, Food & Drink, Foodie Flashes | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. After a six-year run, The Wellington Steak & Martini Lounge in Mission Hills will close June 20 in preparation for a bar-focused establishment yet to be named. Owner Trish Watlington, who also owns the adjoining Red Door Restaurant & Wine Bar, said “Wellington’s beef-heavy menu no longer fits our commitment to local sourcing.” Her decision to re-brand was fueled also by the lack of a “true cocktail bar in Mission Hills.”

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Foodie Flashes May 13, 2016

Posted: May 13th, 2016 | Featured, Food & Drink, Foodie Flashes | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. The converted house on 30th Street where Eddie’s Philadelphia Steaks and Hoagies previously resided is undergoing a major remodel for the June opening of Dunedin, named after the New Zealand city. The venture (pronounced duh-nee-din) is backed by in part by P.J. Lamont, who also operates Bare Back Bar, Queenstown Public House and Raglan Public House. All three establishments carry a New Zealand theme.

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Foodie Flashes April 15, 2016

Posted: April 15th, 2016 | Featured, Food & Drink, Foodie Flashes | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. An interior remodel is underway at a former hair salon in University Heights for Pop Pie Co., an eatery that will sell mini pies filled with everything from braised pork and curried vegetables to spiced apples and pastry cream incorporating Earl Grey tea. Due to open in early summer, the venture was conceived by local business banker Steven Torres, and baker Gan Suebsarakham, who fell in love with a specialty pie […]

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Foodie Flashes April 1, 2016

Posted: April 1st, 2016 | Featured, Food & Drink, Foodie Flashes | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. The North Park Thursday Market debuted March 24 with several new vendors and a tent designated for cooking demos scheduled into the month of May. The weekly farmers market was re-branded through a partnership between North Park Main Street and San Diego Markets. It moved several blocks west from its original location and now occupies nearly three blocks on North Park Way, between 30th and Granada streets.

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Foodie Flashes March 4, 2016

Posted: March 4th, 2016 | Featured, Food & Drink, Foodie Flashes | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. The “for lease” banner hanging alongside Olympic Café in the Mextex strip plaza on University Avenue at Texas Street has generated public concern the 30-year-old Greek restaurant is closing. Owner John Kotselas said that isn’t the case, although there is a possibility he will move to a different North Park location.

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Foodie Flashes Feb. 19, 2016

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

By Frank Sabatini Jr. Master Chef Loren Villalobos, who owns Tapas Picasso Restaurante in Hillcrest with her husband, David Alsman, said they are looking to move the Spanish-style restaurant as soon as possible to another location, preferably within the neighborhood or to North Park. The couple has operated the restaurant for 25 years.

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Foodie Flashes Feb. 5, 2016

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

By Frank Sabatini Jr. North Park resident Matthew Lyons is breaking ground in a section of the former North Park Post Office for a late-spring opening of Tribute Pizza, his first brick-and-mortar venture after conducting pop-up pizzerias throughout the neighborhood for the past two years. He has also served as a consulting chef for various pizzerias in San Diego and helped open one in Nairobi, Kenya.

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