Owners of The Rabbit Hole Buy Longtime Normal Heights Pub

Courtesy Photo Established in 1983 and considered one of San Diego’s classic dives, the corner pub on Adams Avenue has also long drawn crowds for its all-you-can-eat Mexican-Style Sunday brunch, trivia contests and karaoke nights, while during football season it’s often standing room only. Alongside operating partners Jon Conklin and Matt Andersen, Rosie O’Grady’s music director Jason Rammelsberg will continue to book live bands and bring fresh talent to the venue. No word as yet on any food and menu program changes. Social Syndicate to takeover Rosie O’Grady’s
The San Diego restaurant group behind local venues, including Wonderland Ocean Pub and OB Surf Lodge, has signed on to purchase and take over operations at longstanding Normal Heights favorite, Rosie O’Grady’s. Fans and regulars will be pleased to know that Social Syndicate plans to preserve the neighborhood hotspot as the same Chicago-style bar that’s well known and loved for its live music and extensive beer selection.
Social Syndicate is currently in the process of bringing two new concepts to San Diego. The group’s cantina-style Mexican eatery La Doña is poised to open in Ocean Beach this fall while Monarch Ocean Pub, the 5,600 square-foot indoor/outdoor restaurant and beer garden on the top floor of the Del Mar Plaza, is slated to open later this year.

Large-Scale Italian Food Emporium and Eatery Arrives in the East Village

Take a tour of RoVino The Foodery “We are excited to have RoVino, and the authentic product type they will bring to the area. They will be an excellent and unique addition to the East Village neighborhood and further diversify the surrounding tenant mix. ” said Pasquale Ioele of Flocke & Avoyer’s Urban Strategies Group who facilitated the transaction.
The food hall is an extension of Kettner Street’s RoVino Restaurant + Wine, whose owners Tom Tarantino, Antonia Buono, and Vincenzo Bruno are all longtime members of the Little Italy community. They’ve created a host of new dishes, based on family recipes, for The Foodery’s 55-seat, full-service restaurant and wine bar, which offers a well-priced weekday happy hour and dinner nightly. The menu includes a large range of housemade pasta that can be paired with a variety of sauces (which are also available for retail), and any bottle of wine sold in the market can be opened for on-site for a corkage fee.
A generous helping of Italian culture has landed in the East Village on the corner of Market Street and Ninth Avenue. At 4,800-square-feet, RoVino The Foodery is San Diego’s largest Italian market; it’s aiming to be an asset to the neighborhood, featuring an all-day eatery, grab-and-go foods, and take-home ingredients as well as offering free delivery to upstairs residents in the Strata Building.
Customers can start their mornings with fresh pastries and a specialty coffee drinks at the illy coffee bar while those seeking lunch and dinner have lots of options, from to-go salads and a hot food counter to made-to-order deli sandwiches and 12-inch pizzas. Desserts include a gelato bar and house-baked Italian cookies and cakes. There’s also indoor and outdoor seating in the general market space, which holds everything you need to create a gourmet Italian meal.
The grand opening weekend kicks off at 2 p.m. this Friday, August 23, with a raffle prize of dinner for two and a portion of opening day sales going to the Helen Woodward Animal Center.

New SDG&E Program to Help Businesses Transition to Zero-Emission Transportation

To support regional and statewide goals to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from tailpipes, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) will launch a major effort to help electrify large vehicles and industrial equipment, revving up zero-emission transportation beyond passenger vehicles. On August 15th, 2019, SDG&E received approval from the California Public Utilities […]

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LA Chef Debuts Downtown San Diego Ramen Shop

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Los Angeles ramen chef Daiki Tanaka has chosen San Diego as the launching point for his first solo restaurant, debuting Artisan Noodle Tatsuki in downtown San Diego in a 35-seat space on Broadway. Open Monday through Saturday, serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., its grand opening is scheduled for Thursday August 22, when the restaurant will be giving away 100 bowls of ramen at lunch and dinner to its Instagram followers.
Other ramen varieties include traditional tonkotsu ramen, made with a pork bone and back fat-based broth that takes 60 hours to prepare, and a spicy miso version spiked with chili oil that spotlights the chef’s homemade miso blend. Diners can customize their bowls with grated garlic and a special seasoning mix available at each table. The concise menu is rounded out by two types of pork buns, Sapporo beer, and hot and cold sake.
Artisan Noodle Tatsuki soft opens
Tanaka spent five years working at famed LA ramen shop Tsujita and will be offering his rendition of its signature dish, a dipping-style ramen called tsukemen which features cooked noodles served with a side of concentrated broth. Thick noodles from Sun Noodle are used to stand up to the rich soup.

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Spicy miso ramen
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The chef told Eater that he’s looking to open another shop in Clairemont Mesa, and plans to eventually take Artisan Noodle Tatsuki back up to Los Angeles.

Artisan Noodle TATSUKI Menu by EaterSD on Scribd
Artisan Noodle TATSUKI Menu by EaterSD on Scribd

Little Italy Food Hall Adds Fast-Casual Pasta Component

Haley Hill Photography Ambrogio15 is also set to help establish another food hall called the SkyDeck, which is scheduled to open at Del Mar Highlands Town Center next year. Ambrogio15 branches out from pizza
Ambrogio15 co-owners Giacomo Pizzigoni, Luca Salvi, and Andrea Burrone will be opening Semola, which brings the neighborhood its first spot for fast-casual pasta. Aiming to offer convenience, affordability, and quality, the majority of its pasta plates will be priced until . Based on freshly-made durum wheat semolina pasta in a variety of shapes, paired with scratch-made sauces using local and organic ingredients, the menu will include strozzapreti with sausage and mushrooms and bigoli, a classic Venetian pasta, in a meaty ragu. In addition to a kid’s menu, Semla will offer gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options, including zucchini noodles with vegan pesto.
The Little Italy Food Hall heads into its second year with a new eatery that will make its debut later this fall, joining Mein St. Asian Kitchen, Not Not Tacos by Sam the Cooking Guy, Wicked Maine Lobster, and Bobboi Natural Gelato in the space. Replacing Roast Meat & Sandwich shop in the 4,685-square-foot food emporium is a second offering from Ambrogio15, one of the hall’s founding tenants which also operates a Pacific Beach restaurant dedicated to its Milanese-style pizza.

6,000-Square-Foot Revolving Sushi Restaurant Set for Kearny Mesa

Mikami will be only the second spot in San Diego to specialize in kaiten-zushi, the fast-food style of sushi that’s popular throughout Japan; Kura Revolving Sushi debuted on Convoy Street in 2015. The restaurant will be split into two distinct dining rooms. The main area will be filled by booths, with a rotating conveyor belt carrying plates of sushi that will wind past every table. The other section, decorated in a nautical theme, will offer a broader menu ranging from Cantonese stir frys and Asian fusion dishes to Cajun-inspired seafood boil. It will also feature a bar offering beer, wine, and sake.
Mikami will serve sushi and other Asian dishes
Owner JJ Lin told Eater that the Kearny Mesa eatery is a test restaurant for the concept, and that he plans to open more locations if it proves successful.
A large-scale Asian restaurant is bringing conveyor belt sushi and more to Kearny Mesa. Coming in at a spacious 6,000-square-feet, Mikami will share a Clairemont Mesa Boulevard complex with Lolita’s Mexican Food and Tea Station, and is scheduled to open by the end of September.

City Council Addresses Major Housing Regulations

The week of July 29, San Diego City Council voted on numerous housing policies. Beginning with the adoption of a mixed-use zone, and ending with the adoption of both the Balboa and Morena Specific Plans, the votes were indicative of the City’s continued focus on enacting policy that addresses the current housing crisis. Additionally, a […]

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