Education and Workforce Roundtable Briefed on SDPOA’s Childcare Efforts

At the Chamber’s Education and Workforce Committee on August 21, the President of the San Diego Police Officers Association (POA) briefed the group on the POA’s effort to provide late-night low-cost childcare services for police offers. Detective Schaeffer noted that as San Diego faces a shortage of police officers in the workforce, the POA is […]

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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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Midwestern Doughnuts and Coffee Transplanting to Oceanside

Facebook/Parlor Doughnuts Made in small batches, Parlor’s signature treats are the flaky fried croissant-style doughnuts made famous by cronut king Dominique Ansel. They’re available in a large range of flavor combinations, from French Toast with maple glaze and cinnamon sugar and Campfire with marshmallow glaze, graham cracker, and chocolate chips to Dreamcicle with orange and vanilla glaze. The shop also makes vegan and gluten-free baked doughnuts as well as a sugar-free variety. Parlor Doughnuts, which opened to huge crowds in Evansville, Indiana earlier this year, will travel cross-country for its second location. Its arrival is still a ways off — early 2020 — but the cafe and sweets shop will be part of SALT, downtown Oceanside’s luxury apartment and retail development near the Oceanside pier.
Marc Karren of Location Matters represented the landlord and tenant in the lease.
Indiana’s Parlor Doughnuts is heading west
Hayden says that the all-day eatery will serve an expanded menu, offering everything from acai bowls and toasts to sandwiches and cookies. He told Eater that they may open more locations in the San Diego area.
Owner Darrick Hayden’s wife is from San Diego, which explains the move. His son Noah runs a roastery in Evansville called Proper Coffee that will fuel the cafe’s barista bar and may eventually open a roasting facility here.

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