Category: San Diego

News Release: Chamber Led Delegation Makes the Case for San Diego in Washington D.C.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     CHAMBER LED DELEGATION MAKES THE CASE FOR SAN DIEGO IN WASHINGTON D.C. USMCA, transboundary pollution, homelessness, and defense among key priorities SAN DIEGO (Sept. 19, 2019) – A group of more than 160 business and civic leaders from San Diego and Baja California are headed to Washington D.C. to advance […]

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Chef-Backed Chicken Concept Premieres in Carlsbad

Courtesy The Shoppes at Carlsbad Pluck Menu by EaterSD on Scribd There’s also house bone broth and a host of sides that include roasted farmer’s market vegetables, fried chicken skins, and slaw with buttermilk-chive dressing. Dessert is soft-serve Greek frozen yogurt, in flavors like salted caramel and milk chocolate with sea salt.

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Chef Sam Marvin

Pluck takes flight this weekend
Situated at the southern end of the mall near Yard House. Pluck at The Shoppes at Carlsbad will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; the team is reportedly planning on a rapid expansion following this debut and is actively looking for additional locations.
Pluck’s grand aim is to disrupt the commercial chicken industry and poultry production practices by spotlighting pasture-raised birds and offering the premium chicken at accessible prices. Its menu features fried chicken served by the piece, a chicken burger, a sandwiches ranging from a banh mi-riff filled with rotisserie chicken, pickled vegetables, and pate to a twist on a traditional Italian pork sandwich made with a pounded chicken paillard, garlic sauce, broccoli rabe, and provolone.

A brand new eatery with a menu based on all things chicken will launch this Saturday, September 21 at The Shoppes in Carlsbad. Pluck is the latest project from chef Sam Marvin, who spent five years at Las Vegas classic Piero’s Italian Cuisine before moving to Los Angeles to open Modada on Melrose and downtown’s landmark Bottega Louie; he currently runs Echo & Rig Butcher and Steakhouse in Las Vegas and Sacramento. Pluck is Marvin’s first foray into the fast-casual market, where he joins San Diego’s own Richard Blais (The Crack Shack) and Flavortown’s Guy Fieri (Chicken Guy!) in the business of chef-backed chicken concepts.

Belgian Waffle Cafe and Beer Bar Breeze Into North Park

The founders of local French bakery Le Parfait Paris are taking a detour to Belgium with their latest project opening today in North Park. Replacing the Starbucks adjacent to The Observatory, Belgian Beer & Waffle is run by Guillaume and Ludivine Ryon and their partner Mathias Lagger and will feature sweet and savory made-to-order Belgian waffles. Ryon, who is working on a cocktail bar and another Le Parfait Paris location inside The Skydeck at Del Mar Highlands Town Center, tells Eater that they plan to open more outposts of Belgian Beer & Waffle around San Diego.
Belgian street food arrives on University Avenue
Its Brussels waffles have beer incorporated into the batter, just one of the house brews made for the eatery by Hopnonymous Brewing Co., whose owner Remy Zurita is a fellow Frenchman. Focused on producing private label beers for bars and restaurants, including a lager, hazy IPA, and peach-apricot sour for Belgian Beer & Waffle, the brewery will be taking over Council Brewing’s Kearny Mesa facility.
The 1,700-square-foot European-inspired cafe will offer three types of waffles, a rectangular-shaped Brussels waffle, a gluten-free and vegan version, and a Liege waffle made with a brioche-style dough and studded with pearls of sugar. The all-day, counter-service menu ranges from savory waffle sandwiches, chicken and waffles, and a waffle riff on avocado toast to waffles topped with ice cream, fruits, and sweet sauces. Other bites include salads and traditional Belgian frites fried in beef tallow.

State Legislature Tackles Remaining Bills in Final Days

Before ending their legislative year, both houses of the California legislature tackled over 400 bills in advance of the September 13 deadline. In his first year in office, Governor Gavin Newsom has introduced a bold budgetary plan, with significant increases for homeless funding for local governments, and affordable housing tax credits. Further, the Governor did […]

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Energy and Water Committee Updated on Community Choice Energy

At the Chamber’s Energy & Water Committee’s September meeting, the group was updated on the City of San Diego’s Community Choice Energy program development by the City’s Chief Sustainability Officer. The City of San Diego is in the process of negotiating terms of a JPA with other cities/jurisdictions which would minimize risk to their General […]

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Otay Mesa East Border Update at Infrastructure, Housing, and Land Use Committee

At the August meeting of the Chamber’s Infrastructure, Housing, and Land Use Committee, the group was briefed on the Otay 2 status and next steps. Otay 2 is the new planned border crossing between San Diego and Tijuana. Although the crossing will allow cars and pedestrians, it is largely designed for truck and commercial vehicle […]

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America and Our Trade Partners Still Waiting for the USMCA

Trade policy unquestionably impacts our local economy which depends on an integrated supply chain valued at $2.5 billion and supports more than 110,000 San Diego jobs. Viewed as the most consequential trade policy in our time, The United-States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, USMCA, must be brought forward for a vote in Congress in order to take effect. As […]

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Brand New Eateries to Check Out in San Diego

Song Hak Clairemont Mesa— Joining existing outposts in Laguna Hills and Anaheim, Ma’s House has a spacious new spot in The Shops at Madison Place. Serving halal Chinese cuisine, with many lamb dishes but no pork, standouts include hand-cut noodles and fresh-baked sesame bread with green onion. 5537 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego. This is a frequently updated compilation of noteworthy restaurant openings throughout San Diego. Take note of these under-the-radar places, from the coast to North County and from the South Bay to East County. Want us to check out a recent opening? Drop us a line.


The all-Asian restaurant edition

Clairemont Mesa— Fans of Japanese gem Yakitori Taisho can breathe easy. The perpetually-packed, jewel box-sized eatery has taken over the adjacent storefront for additional seating space. 5185 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San DIego
Kearny Mesa— Los Angeles transplant Song Hak has replaced Josun Korean BBQ on Convoy Street. The Korean barbecue restaurant, which has locations in Artesia, CA and LA’s famed Koreatown, offers the standard array of marinated and non-marinated cuts of meat but it specializes in offal. Small and large beef intestine and a variety of beef tripe are cooked on tabletop grills and served with a range of accompaniments. 4581 Convoy St., San Diego.

Kearny Mesa— Recently expanded from Las Vegas, Zen Curry is now softly open for dinner Tuesday through Friday and for lunch and dinner on weekends. Its Japanese curry is available in varying degrees of heat, with mix and match toppings that include chicken and pork katsu, kurabota sausages, fried oysters, and panko-crusted Spam. 7309 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego.
Kearny Mesa— Recently expanded from Las Vegas, Zen Curry is now softly open for dinner Tuesday through Friday and for lunch and dinner on weekends. Its Japanese curry is available in varying degrees of heat, with mix and match toppings that include chicken and pork katsu, kurabota sausages, fried oysters, and panko-crusted Spam. 7309 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego.

Clairemont Tavern Turns Into Upscale Neighborhood Grill

Bay Hill Tavern is now open Its owners, who also operate North Park’s Working Class and Second Nature in Pacific Beach, have completely remodeled the 3,000-square-foot restaurant and bar, which has its own parking lot, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a garage door that opens onto a view of the bay.
The operations team includes manager Chris Young (Nolita Hall, Cowboy Star), chef Andrew Nroz (The Lot La Jolla), and Travis Enos, who previously worked at Barleymash and created the cocktail list, which features an Old Fashioned with pecans and vanilla and the Self Care, which spikes lemon, ginger, and beet juice with tequila.
Serving lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, Bay Hill Tavern is open weekdays at 11 a.m. and weekends at 9 a.m. A 3 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. weekday happy hour will offer off beer, wine, and cocktails and off appetizers. Its all-day menu includes 12-inch pizzas, burgers, salads, sandwiches, and seafood dishes.
Across from the upgraded Clairemont Village center and the new Sprouts Farmers Market, Bay Hill Tavern opens today, bringing a family-friendly dining option to the communities of Clairemont and Bay Park. Most recently Blackthorn Irish Pub, Bay Hill was named after tavern that preceded it; an original sign, found by a former patron, now hangs in the new space.
Partner Jeffrey Kiyama told Eater that the tavern plans to host live entertainment a few nights a week. As for future projects, Kiyama says the team might explore other local neighborhoods that could use more accessible eateries.

Bay Area Roastery Establishes First San Diego Cafe

Courtesy photo Jon Dolin told Eater that they’re actively looking for another outpost in the San DIego area. Mike Spilky from Location Matters represented Barefoot in the Solana Beach deal. A favorite in the Bay Area, Barefoot Coffee Roasters has landed just blocks from the beach inside Solana Beach’s Cedros Collective retail center. The 1,300-square-foot cafe includes a 520-square-foot dog-friendly patio and 10-seat fire table.
The Cedros Avenue cafe features a substantial assortment of food, from a variety of toasts to cheesy egg and spinach biscuits and sweet and savory pastries delivered daily from Farmshop that range from strawberry croissants and vegan and regular muffins to spinach and artichoke danishes and weekend-only giant cinnamon rolls. Other bites include salads, sandwiches, and organic ice cream from JoJo’s Creamery in Encinitas. Barefoot plans to expand the menu when it receives its beer and wine license.
Barefoot Coffee Roasters is now open in Solana Beach
The company is currently offering cold brew samples and discounts on bags of retail coffee, with more specials to be announced at its September 28 grand opening.
Its menu includes classic espresso drinks, Bonavita pour-overs, and unique specialty coffee creations including the Voodoo, a coconut mocha made with organic milk, and the Espresso Sunrise which combines espresso, organic blood orange soda, and lime juice. There’s also cold brew on nitro and organic heirloom teas.
Founded in Santa Clara in 2003, where its first cafe and roasting facility are located, the company is co-owned by Jon and Jillian Dolin, who is a native San Diegan. Barefoot had been focused mostly on its wholesale business, distributing its coffee to big tech companies, restaurants, markets, and universities, before growing its retail operations with the Solana Beach cafe. Another location is scheduled to open next year in Mountain View, CA.

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