Category Archives: New Restaurant

Seasons Restaurant Now Open

San Diego Food FindsFour Seasons Residence Club Aviara, the luxury North County resort set in a lush, idyllic setting along the coastline announces the public opening of Seasons Restaurant and Driftwood Spa. The San Diego community gains a new dining and spa destination as locals are now welcome to experience the culinary team’s inventive concept and the peaceful coastal oasis at the spa, both exemplifying luxury, comfort, service, and style.

“We’re thrilled to finally welcome our treasured local community to be a part of our social dining and spa experiences with the home-away-from-home hospitality that we’ve created here,” said Demi Ortega, General Manager and Regional Vice President, Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara. “The newly opened Seasons Restaurant and Driftwood Spa had originally debuted in 2015 to property residents and guests only. As of this month, we’re encouraging locals and travelers to dwell in our spaces as a new neighborhood destination for both casual and special-occasion experiences.”

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New Breakfast Republic Ocean Beach

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OB Warehouse has served the vibrant beachfront community of Ocean Beach since August of 2014. Now, on February 14th, this Cohn Restaurant Group-owned business bids “farewell” as it closes its doors for good. Moving into the space is Rise & Shine Restaurant Group’s morning sensation; Breakfast Republic.

Johan Engman, founder and owner of Rise & Shine (which also owns and operates three Fig Tree Cafés and other new concepts launching in 2017) has partnered with David Cohn for this new Breakfast Republic location. “It gives me great pleasure to do business with David, says Johan. He is more than a restauranteur; he is a true San Diego icon.” Although this is their first, and only joint venture (and the new Breakfast Republic remains a holding of Rise & Shine), Johan looks forward to working with David as a mentor and friend.

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Rooster Ramen Coming Soon

Ramen lovers can look forward to Rooster coming late spring to early summer 2017. Diners can expect a Japanese Farmhouse ambiance with plenty of outdoor seating as well as a lengthy ramen bar with a semi-open kitchen. Nine types of traditional Ramen dishes will be offered reflecting unique Japanese regions. In addition, there will be special takes on ramen, small plates and yakitori grilled over real binchotan charcoal. A daily revolving specials board will offer seasonally fresh items including Osetra Caviar, Monk Fish Liver, and Pork Cheeks. All plates, bowls, and cups will be hand-made ceramic from Pawena Studio, based out of Los Angeles. Ramen, vegan, and vegetarian options will range from $9 to $14, with an option to create your own bowl. Expect a full 30 plus sake list, drinks made from shochu, and a nice variety of beer. A digital ordering system will be in place to emulate the ramen vending ticket machines in Japan, which will speed up the ordering process and provide further customer convenience.

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El Jardin Coming To Liberty Station

Rise and Shine Restaurant Group is stirring up a pot of excitement with the addition of a seasoned chef who’s been making a splash in San Diego since 2005. Claudette Wilkins joined the group this month as Research and Development Chef until she takes the helm as Executive Chef at the group’s new El Jardin restaurant opening its doors in Liberty Station early 2018.  

It was evident from our first few meetings that Chef Claudette would be an awesome fit,” says Rise and Shine’s owner, Johan Engman. “From her creativity in the kitchen and passion for food, to her future goals and desire to help our organization reach new heights, I am thrilled to bring Claudette on board.”

Expressing her desire to celebrate Mexico’s vibrant flavors, Chef Claudette held a position as Chef de Cuisine, helping open and lead Little Italy’s highly-anticipated Bracero Cocina De Raiz in 2015. Before that, she worked at hotspots such as at Sea180 and East Village’s Jsix, and has a plateful of experience as a sous chef, butcher, owner and pastry chef.

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Sunday Brunching at Ponsaty’s

Master French Chef Patrick Ponsaty has crafted a menu to appease all appetites. Available every Sunday beginning January 15th, Ponsaty’s offers diners bottomless mimosas and dishes including Herb Crusted Prime Ribeye with a Horseradish Sauce, Sea Water Poached King Crab Legs with French Cocktail Sauce and lemon, and of course, a show-stopping Egg Benedict Florentine with Spinach and Mornay Sauce.

Wine and dine yourself for $49 per guest and $25 for kids – add on the bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary’s for an extra $15. The entire menu is available here.

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