Celebrity Chef Richard Blais is a busy man, but I was able to catch up with him about his popular chicken eatery, The Crack Shack. What began as a restaurant in Little Italy San Diego, is now expanding to the beach city of Encinitas in North County. “It is food you crave,” Blais says. “Fried chicken and eggs made with ingredients that a Michelin star restaurant would use; Jidori chicken, local produce, Bread & Cie, and many other southern California farms and purveyors.”
San Diego’s iconic hot spot for the most important meal of the day, Breakfast Republic, has hatched another location in the East Village, kicking off the brand’s continued expansion for 2017. Known for their extensive menu incorporating innovative and classic breakfast foods, branded décor and humor-cracking signage, Breakfast Republic in East Village will grow to be downtown’s breakfast destination for locals and tourists to flock to every morning.
Westfield UTC will continue to evolve as an urban lifestyle and elevated dining destination with a diverse array of new culinary offerings set to debut in 2017 – from cutting-edge casual concepts to award-winning upscale eateries. To date, leases have been signed by Arbor, Great Maple, Javier’s Finest Foods of Mexico, La Colombe, Shake Shack, Smokeyard BBQ and Chop Shop, The Winery, True Food Kitchen, Din Tai Fung, and more.
In addition, the existing dining terrace has already begun to introduce new dining options, including all-American burger joint, Johnny Rockets, which opened in early January; Korean eatery Bibigo; poke spot Kazanori Poke & Wraps (from the creators of San Diego-favorite, Pokirrito); and several others, with openings planned within the next several months and later into the year.
Four 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.”
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.