Speakeasy-Style Restaurant Coming to Historic Gaslamp Hotel

The Keating Hotel One of the Gaslamp’s most recognizable landmarks will be the permanent home of roving fine dining pop-up Cosecha SD. Created by chef Steve Brown, an Imperial Beach native, it will take up residence in the historic The Keating Hotel, where the speakeasy-style restaurant has found an appropriately non-traditional space for its unconventional format. Only open five nights a week, Cosecha will offer a 16-course tasting menu; booked in advance online, the dinners will feature seasonal produce from Wild Willow and Agua Dulce Farms as well as foraged ingredients, local seafood, and Japanese A5 Wagyu beef. The restaurant will have its own dedicated entrance, accessed from Fifth Avenue. Diners will walk up a grand staircase to the bar, where they can select wine pairings or order cocktails. The Cosecha team will use the reception area, which will have a view inside the glassed-in kitchen, to tray pass the first three of the sixteen courses.
Chef Steve Brown finds a spot for his tasting menu-only concept

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Chef Steve Brown

Brown, who has been open about his Michelin ambitions, promises “dinner and show” for his 40 guests, who will be seated at two long tables in front of the plating area where the chef and his staff will put together each dish. Throughout construction, Brown will be hosting preview pop-ups in the space; the first are scheduled for Friday, August 2nd and Saturday, August 3rd and can be reserved on the Cosecha website. Hotel owner Eddie Kaen said, “We’re really excited to partner with chef Steve Brown and bring his talent to The Keating and the Gaslamp Quarter, and confident that the preview dinners will be a huge success.”

Congress Allocates Funds to Address Transboundary Pollution

The Chamber applauds our San Diego Congressional delegation for their ongoing efforts to address transboundary pollution along the U.S.-Mexico border. The House-passed appropriations package for 2020 includes $30 million in funds for the Border Water Infrastructure Program – twice the amount approved in 2018. Congressmembers Vargas, Davis, Peters, and Levin’s amendments to the appropriations package […]

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Mexico Ratifies USMCA

Mexico is the first country to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement – or USMCA – by a vote of 114 in favor and four against in the Senate. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador stated that the agreement means foreign investment and new jobs in Mexico, facilitating and guaranteeing trade within North America. Mexico’s […]

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Navy, SANDAG Sign Agreement on Possible Future Redevelopment of Naval Property Near Airport

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 – NEWS RELEASE

San Diego – With the goals of modernizing the Navy’s physical presence in San Diego and improving transit connections to the airport, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer was joined today by regional planning and transportation agencies as well as the U.S. military to announce Navy Region Southwest and the San Diego Association of Governments have signed an agreement to explore possible options for the redevelopment of Naval Base Point Loma Old Town Complex.

“This is an amazing opportunity to strengthen the Navy’s presence in San Diego, create thousands of jobs and make it easier for people across the region to get to and from the airport,” Mayor Faulconer said. “This agreement is a promising beginning to what could be one of the most transformative projects in our region’s history.”

The Memorandum of Understanding serves as a framework for discussions between the Navy and SANDAG as they work together to evaluate potential options for the iconic naval property. While the agreement does not commit either organization to a course of action, it allows the Navy to better understand SANDAG’s goals and vision, and how they might be incorporated into its own redevelopment efforts. The MOU also requires both organizations to cooperate in preparation of federal, state and local environmental documentation.

“The Navy remains dedicated to creating a more modern, efficient workspace on the OTC property to better meet the mission requirements of Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) and the other tenants on the property, while working closely with SANDAG and other entities to foster robust community engagement for this project,” said Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest Commanding Officer Captain Mark Edelson.

Naval Base Point Loma Old Town Complex consists of approximately 70 acres of prime real estate, just off the Interstate 5 freeway and near the airport. Redeveloping the property creates an opportunity for a public-private partnership that could deliver 21st-century facilities for the Navy and could help tackle San Diego’s longstanding transportation challenges.

“This is the beginning of what I expect to be a long partnership with the Navy,” said SANDAG Board Chair and Mayor of Poway Steve Vaus. “The MOU creates the opportunity for SANDAG and the Navy to do something very special in the region, clearing a path for us to work on a major transportation hub and providing a transit link to the airport.”

The most recognizable tenant on the site, NAVWAR, is part of the Navy’s cyber warfare arm. It dates back to World War II and the warehouses were previously used to manufacture aircraft. It currently provides more than 3,500 jobs to San Diego’s cybersecurity industry.

“The military provides more than $26 billion in direct spending in the San Diego region, making a huge impact on our local economy. When you consider the ripple effects from this spending, the military accounts for over $50 billion annually and supports nearly 340,000 jobs,” said San Diego Military Advisory Council Executive Director Mark Balmert. “The redevelopment of the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command headquarters is yet another way our community and our local military are working together to keep San Diego the best military community in the world.”

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New Memorandum of Understanding Allows SANDAG & Navy to Explore How Centralized Transit Hub Might be Part of Modernized Navy Facility
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North Park Rolled Taco Shop Heading to Chula Vista

El Tianguis North Park Served in sets of three, five, eight, or twelve, the taquitos are filled with shredded beef, chicken, potato, or a blend of lentils and quinoa, then topped traditionally with sour cream, cheese, and lettuce. Ancira tells Eater that the rolled tacos will be assembled in the larger North Park kitchen but will be fried to order at the Otay Ranch site. El Tianguis will be part of the new Millenia Commons complex, joining Board & Brew, Iceskimo, Luna Grill, and Grated Grilled Cheese. Aiming to open by January, the quick-service eatery will feature a dining area decorated in colorful murals and a patio. Location Matters’ Alexis Dachs, who represented the tenant, said ”El Tianguis exceeds the mark that so many taco shops fail to meet by having an extremely impressive build-out and offering upscale restaurant quality and service in a fast-casual setting.” –
El Tianguis Rolled Taquitos, which entered the scene last spring with a debut shop on University Avenue in North Park, is expanding to the eastern Chula Vista community of Otay Ranch. Owner Oscar Ancira, a veteran of the commercial food industry, developed the fast-casual restaurant to specialize in taquitos, or rolled tacos. They start with a fresh corn tortilla, which are made in a special automated oven in the North Park eatery’s open kitchen.
El Tianguis is expanding to Otay Ranch

James Coffee Is Coming Soon to North Park

James Coffee Co. Little Italy James Coffee Co. is preparing to open its third coffee bar in North Park, where it will be part of a renovated mixed-use building just north of El Cajon Boulevard at the intersection of 30th and Meade that houses Hardihood, a co-working space. The local roaster, whose production facility is off Pacific Highway in Middletown, currently runs popular coffee spots in Little Italy and Bankers Hill. Owner David Kennedy told Eater that the new North Park site should be open later this summer, before he heads out on tour with Angels & Airwaves. A well-known guitarist, Kennedy was a founding member of the band before he launched James Coffee Co. in 2013.
The local roaster will open its third location
Set up around a custom built mobile cart, much like its India Street location, the 30th Street outpost will repurpose the custom equipment from the cafe that was once adjacent to the main roastery. The 800-square-foot downstairs space will also have access to a patio and inner courtyard.

Chic Contemporary Bistro and Wine Bar Lands in La Jolla

Candor brings European-inspired dishes to the village Open every day for lunch and dinner, the 1,200-square-foot restaurant has 55-seats across a patio, dining room, and wine bar that looks into an open kitchen. Candor’s daily happy hour spotlights a half-pound Brandt beef burger and a beer for and specials on wine and other bites while the weekend brunch features favorites from the menu at Caroline’s, including Ciuffa’s signature cornmeal pancakes and tuna melt. The wine list, created by sommelier Sandro Mezzetti, includes over 50 bottle selections and a large array of wine by the glass; future wine dinners will be hosted on the communal patio. As a convenience to the community, the restaurant will also accept orders through its website, offering curbside pick-up as well as meal delivery.
Raised on a farm outside of Rome, Italy, Ciuffa has a great appreciation for seasonal ingredients. His menus will change frequently, often influenced by the La Jolla’s Sunday farmers market. Debut dishes include hot and crispy tomato bread with roasted garlic and cold pressed olive oil, stone fruit salad with marcona almonds, goat cheese, and rose vinaigrette, vegetarian tagliatelle with squash, cauliflower, corn, asparagus, parmesan, pea tendrils, and green garlic pesto, and a fisherman stew in a saffron tomato broth.
Candor Menus by EaterSD on Scribd

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Spicy shrimp bucatini
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Vegetarian tagliatelle with green garlic pesto
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Whole seabass with red pepper tapenade and salsa verde
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Prime hanger steak and frites
A charming new eatery opens Wednesday, July 10 in La Jolla; it marks a homecoming for Giuseppe Ciuffa, the maestro behind Giuseppe Restaurants & Fine Catering who opened Come On In! Cafe in the Torrey Pines Road complex that now houses Himitsu and Rimel’s Rotisserie back in 1998. After departing to build his thriving catering business, which operates a showroom in downtown La Jolla and Caroline’s Seaside Cafe at the Scripps Seaside Forum, Ciuffa recently returned to the original Come On In!, remodeling the space with Ocio Design Group into Candor, a stylishly casual restaurant that is a reflection of the chef’s Italian roots and his 25 years of cooking in San Diego.

Popular Filipino Chain Jollibee Sets Opening Date in Mira Mesa

Jollibee The “chickenjoy” is coming Founded in 1978 in the Philippines, the company now has more than 1300 stores around the globe and is expanding its U.S. presence. There’s an existing branch in National City, which will be remodeled, and the brand once operated a small outpost in Mira Mesa from 2007 to 2013.
The world’s fastest-growing Asian restaurant company has broken ground on its new location in San Diego; Jollibee is returning to Mira Mesa with a large and modern, 3,200-square-foot eatery that will also include an outdoor patio and a drive-thru window. Mesa Centers’ Brett Feurstein told Eater that the fast-food chain is planning to be open by December 2019.
Known for its chef hat-wearing bee mascot and as the “Home of Chickenjoy” because of its signature buckets of fried chicken, Jollibee’s menu features other favorites including Palabok Fiesta noodles, Jolly Spaghetti with banana ketchup-sweetened sauce, ham, ground meat, and hot dogs, Filipino breakfast meals, and popular desserts ranging from Halo-Halo to Peach Mango Pie.

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Jollibee Mira Mesa