Eater San Diego shares the top stories of the week from San Diego’s food and drink scene, including a culinary bombshell from a high-profile chef, plus expansion news from two Orange County restaurants.
Star Chef Javier Plascencia Cuts Ties With San Diego Restaurants
In the first culinary shocker of 2017, high-profile chef Javier Plascencia announced to Eater that he is parting ways with the hospitality group behind his two local restaurants, Bracero in Little Italy and Romesco in Bonita. Plascencia is focusing on his concepts in Mexico, but hopes to return to San Diego with a new project.
Well-Known Orange County Concepts Coming to Westfield UTC
Two prominent, upscale Orange County restaurant concepts will be part of phase two of Westfield UTC's $585 million expansion, set to be completed in October. Wine country-themed The Winery will open an 8,000-square-foot restaurant and stand-alone wine bar, while Javier's will bring its elevated Mexican fare to San Diego.
Cutwater Spirits Launching Craft Distillery, Restaurant & Bar
Former top brass from Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits have teamed up for a new distillery in Miramar that will carry Ballast Point's spirits under the new label and expand the product line. The project will also include an on-site restaurant and bar.
Mega Dining & Entertainment Center Headed to Kearny Mesa
Chorus Karaoke & Bar is in the midst of an ambitious expansion which will include a huge new bar and restaurant and double the amount of its karaoke rooms, which will be individually themed. The venue will also feature an arcade and a nightclub.
New Convoy Eatery Brings Global Flavors to Fast-Casual
Café Stems, Convoy Street's newest restaurant, is a casual spot that aims to add a healthy option to the neighborhood with a menu of signature salads influenced by cuisines around the world. The shop also offers smoothies, acai bowls, and a variety of tea.