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New Eatery Heading to SDSU's South Campus Plaza

Eureka! is the first restaurant tenant of San Diego State University’s mixed-use development project, South Campus Plaza

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    The Mac N' Cheese topped with bacon and Fritos corn chips at Eureka! We'd say this dish is pretty much college crowd-approved.

    San Diego State University (SDSU) has found a restaurant to set up shop in its new mixed-use complex – a shopping, dining and living space taking shape ahead of its debut next year.

    The university announced Tuesday that an eatery called Eureka! has signed on as the first restaurant tenant of SDSU’s mixed-use development project, South Campus Plaza, set to open in spring 2017.

    According to SDSU, Eureka! will take over a 4,000-square-foot space on the north end of South Campus Plaza. The eatery will include an outdoor dining area overlooking some green space.

    Eureka! specializes in American comfort cuisine with a tasty twist, including Angus chuck burgers like the Jalapeno Egg Burger topped with a fried egg and chipotle sauce. The eatery also serves unique appetizers including a version of the college crowd-approved Mac N’ Cheese, topped with three-cheese sauce, bacon and Frito corn chips. Salads, sandwiches, desserts, craft beers and other spirits round out the menu.

    The SDSU location with be the second Eureka! in San Diego. The chain runs another Eureka! in University Towne Center and more than a dozen other locations throughout California, plus two in Texas and another in Washington state.

    Justin Nedelman, Co-CEO of Eureka! Restaurant Group, said the SDSU restaurant will be a gathering space for students, faculty, alumni and College Area residents.

    Nedelman said the eatery plans to host weekly special events including live music and brunch.

    “We intend to become anchored to SDSU for all of their events and activate our enormous almost 3,000-square-foot patio adjacent to the park area as a central gathering spot for everyone off and on campus in the area,” Nedelman said in a press release Tuesday.

    According to SDSU, South Campus Plaza – formerly known as Plaza Linda Verde – is a new, $143 million, mixed-use student housing and retail project on the college campus slated to be completed this year. Construction began in November 2014.

    The development is located south of the SDSU Transit Center, between Hardy Avenue and Montezuma Road.

    SDSU says South Campus Plaza will include housing for more than 600 students. The retail space also on site is designed to serve both the campus and surrounding neighborhoods, the university says, “creating a pedestrian-friendly destination for shopping, dining and living.”

    Another major tenant moving into the plaza is Trader Joe’s. The grocery chain announced plans to open a store in South Campus Plaza last September, expected to debut in early 2017.

    The development will include a mix of other retailers and restaurants, which have yet to be announced. The university says negotiations with those tenants are ongoing but, in the end, the retail portion of South Campus Plaza will encompass more than 34,000 gross square feet.

    Customers will be able to park in a structure on site that will include 300 parking spots, according to the university. For more details about South Campus Plaza, click here.