Michelin-starred Chef Drew Deckman of Baja's decorated Deckman's en el Mogor will open his family's first U.S. restaurant in the spring of 2024 in San Diego's North Park neighborhood. Watershed will be a cause-based concept committed to funding regenerative farming projects and advocating for sustainability at every level of the restaurant's operations.
The historic Lafayette Hotel recently revealed the latest installment of its transformation with Lou Lou's Jungle Bar. The bar brings a New York jazz nightclub atmosphere and live music to the historic clam shell stage, as well as prix fixe dining and elevated craft cocktails. The property is also set to debut Le Horse, a luxurious European-style restaurant that will pay homage to early 20th-century hotel fine dining, later this spring.
Puffer Malarkey Collective, the San Diego-based hospitality collective behind Animae, Herb & Wood and Herb & Sea, is opening Le Coq this spring. The newest collaboration between celebrated chef Brian Malarkey and seasoned restaurant operator Christopher Puffer will be a 175-seat French-inspired steakhouse in the building that previously housed Herringbone La Jolla.
Helmed by partners Dan Valerino and Chef Joe Bower, Finca has opened its doors in North Park. Chef Bower delivers an innovative selection of market-driven California tapas at an accessible price point intended to complement Spain’s drinking culture with items ranging from Patatas Bravas to Surf and Turf Toast to Fried Chicken & Caviar. To accompany Bower’s culinary offerings, guests can enjoy a robust but thoughtfully considered beverage program. True to its commitment of access to wine education and bringing lesser-known Spanish and Californian wines to the forefront, Finca will also offer frequent wine tastings and a wine club.
Award-winning chef Phillip Esteban is adding to his growing list of fast-casual restaurant concepts with the opening of the long-awaited Wildflour in Liberty Station this spring. Influenced by minimalist bakeries, hustling and bustling deli services from around the world, and integrating a mix of Southern California vibes, Wildflour will offer an all-day menu for a casual sit-down or takeout experience. From its namesake in the Philippines, the restaurant will focus on local ingredients, seafood and provisions.
Following a 10-year closure, the Whaling Bar will reopen in early 2024. Opened in the 1940’s, the Wailing Bar was a favorite among notable locals and luminaries like Tom Hanks and Robin Williams. The new rendition will incorporate a new design but will bring back some original nautical-themed paintings and cocktails. The cocktail lounge will continue as part of the hotel, but its cocktail and bar menu will be created and managed by the SDCM Restaurant Group.
A new bar and restaurant concept has made home in Little Italy. Roman Wolves is centered around a traditional Roman menu with a contemporary twist. Menu favorites include classics like carbonara, cacio e pepe, and pinsa alla mortazza (Roman style folded pizzas), each meticulously prepared to stay true to their Roman origins. At the heart of Roman Wolves is the bar and lounge area with an expansive cocktail and wine selection.
Bivouac Ciderworks will debut a new, multi-use concept in early 2024. The Bivouac Adventure Lodge will triple the women-powered cidery's square footage and serve as an all-day community hub anchored by generous communal seating to foster connection. The space will also feature a coffee shop and communal 'co-working' inspired space, a market for cider and 'chef-driven pantry' items and other locally sourced provisions, a retail store for adventure-inspired gifts and a cider education and tasting bar.
Starlight Hospitality Group recently opened SAGO in Encinitas. Set in a lavish jungle-esque environment, SAGO’s decor, ambiance, and live music set the stage for a modern supper club that transforms to an exhilarating lounge and nightlife experience. SAGO offers the sleepy beach town a new late-night option for those looking for an upscale restaurant and an even better party.
This spring, Busalacchi Restaurants will launch a new restaurant and bar, Lala, in a cozy indoor-outdoor space adjacent to Barbusa in the Little Italy neighborhood. Lala will echo the charming atmosphere of its Italian-influenced neighborhood with a culinary and cocktail program centered on Mediterranean influences and a few fun, unconventional twists.
Sister duo Crystal and Chantelle Godinez of Sunday Breakfast Society will open doors to Carne y Hueso in North Park this spring. The menu will draw from the culturally distinct Mexican regions of Puebla Jalisco, and Oaxaca, showcasing ancestral ingredients and lesser-known specialties in a new light.
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