Café Gratitude, which operates organic and vegan restaurants in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas, plans an early 2015 opening in downtown San Diego’s Little Italy.
Company officials said construction will begin this fall on a 4,000-square-foot space on the ground floor of Broadstone Little Italy, a 203-unit mixed-use apartment development completed earlier this year at 1980 Kettner Blvd.
The San Diego location will feature a menu of 100 percent organic, seasonal vegan items, with juices, desserts, coffee and breakfast pastries, among other offerings. The executive chef at the new restaurant will be Dreux Ellis.
Nate Benedetto, of brokerage company Strom Commercial, brokered the leasing transaction for the San Diego location. Other restaurants and shops will be coming to Broadstone Little Italy but have not yet been announced.
Started 11 years ago by Matthew and Terces Engelhart in the San Francisco Bay Area, Café Gratitude has five current eateries, including locations in Berkeley, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz and Kansas City, Mo.
Broadstone Little Italy was developed by Alliance Residential Co. and was recently acquired by a Dallas buyer listed as Apartments at Little Italy LLC for $102.5 million, according to CoStar Group and public data.
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