By Frank Sabatini Jr.
Just weeks after jointly closing Urban Solace in North Park and Solace and the Moonlight Lounge in Encinitas in mid March, chef Matt Gordon has landed a job.
As of March 25, the former restaurateur became vice president of operations for Blue Bridge Hospitality, which owns a quorum of restaurants in Coronado and also operates Liberty Public Market in Point Loma.
“It’s the first time I’ve started a new job for someone else in about 15 years. I’m really excited about it,” Gordon told us, adding that immediately after closing his restaurants, he had written down a wish list of career goals.
“I wanted something that would allow me to oversee multiple units, and where I can utilize my skills of working the front and back of house operations. Ironically, the same day I wrote those things down, I received a call about the job, and it just sort of happened.”
Blue Bridge’s portfolio includes Leroy’s Kitchen & Lounge, Stake Chophouse, West Pac Noodle Bar, Lil’ Piggy’s Bar-B-Q, and others. bluebridgehospitality.com.
It’s all about salad dressings at an upcoming workshop from 11 a.m. to noon, April 6 at VomFass in Hillcrest, which specializes in oils, vinegars and spirits. The class will focus on the ins and outs for creating balanced dressings on salads that will be tasted toward the end of the class. Participants can take home the dressings they make. The cost is $10 per person. Advance registration is required. 1050 University Ave., Suite E-103, 619-534-5034,
Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant welcomes the arrival of Jason Gethin as its new chef de cuisine. The South Carolina native, whose cuisine at the former Table 10 in the East Village drew accolades by Zagat, has introduced a slate of original dishes at Bankers Hill. Among them are wild mushroom polenta; grilled levain bread topped with smashed peas, lemon and feta; and Faroe Island salmon served with seasonal vegetables in clam broth. 2202 Fourth Ave., 619-231-0222,
Yes, you’ve seen right. The former Carnitas Snack Shack in North Park is now The Porchetta Shack, a reinvention project by chef Hanis Cavin and his wife, Sara Stroud.
Cavin quietly changed the concept this month because he recently broke with business partner Mike DiNorscia, the developer of the Little Italy Food Hall who still runs Carnitas Snack Shack at the Embarcadero (1004 N. Harbor Drive).
“I split from the brand, but I’m still a lover of all things pork,” quipped Cavin while citing some of The Porchetta Shack’s menu options he has introduced to far.
Options include the Italian-inspired rolled pork (porchetta) in addition to burgers, pork Milanese and fish sandwiches.
“We’re still working things out and plan on grand-opening in early April,” Cavin added.
The “shack” has been repainted and now carries a full liquor license. 2632 University Ave., 619-294-7675,
Fans of pho, fish balls and grilled meat skewers are calling Royal Delicious the most affordable Vietnamese eatery in Uptown. The fast-casual operation opened recently in a small City Heights strip plaza with a menu that also includes a variety of vegetarian egg rolls, fried chicken, combo plates and tropical smoothies. Prices on “snack attack” items start at $2 while a majority of the meals fall comfortably below the $10 mark. 4415 University Ave., 619-228-9092.
The new Bankers Hill outlet of Grab & Go Subs is the first of 10 locations to offer beer and wine. And like its recently opened outpost in Mission Hills, the menu features a few of the company’s newest submarine sandwiches: prosciutto, steak, and “the romantic” featuring turkey, bacon, Swiss cheese and avocado. It also offers happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, when food and drinks are slightly discounted.
Grab & Go Subs is a family-owned local chain that also operates Mimmo’s Italian Village in Little Italy. It was founded in 1973 by Sicilian immigrant Vincenzo “Mimmo” Gaglio. He became known for fresh-baked breads, which are still used for all of the sandwiches. 2420 Fifth Ave., 619-232-9000; and 768 W. Washington St., 619-238-5353, grabandgosubs.com.
— Frank Sabatini Jr. can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.