Bracero, a restaurant in Little Italy that created major buzz during its short run, is no more. Eater San Diego shares details on what will replace it, plus other top stories of the week from our local food and drink scene.
Little Italy's Bracero to Transform Into Romesco Mexiterranean Cocina
Just two years and numerous accolades after first opening in Little Italy under the guidance of famed chef Javier Plascencia, Bracero will transition into a different eatery this June: Romesco Mexiterranean Cocina. The owners, who also run Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro in Bonita, plan to revamp and rename the Kettner Boulevard restaurant, which will now serve Mexican and Mediterranean-influenced tapas. Foodies will remember that Plascencia parted ways with both Bracerro and Romesco this past January in the first culinary bombshell of 2017 in San Diego’s dining scene.
South Park's Piacere Mio Expands Into North County
South Park’s Italian favorite, Piacere Mio, has expanded north. Newly-launched in the Del Sur Town Center is the eatery’s second location, which in addition to its signature menu of homemade pasta, introduces a new wood-fired pizza program created by a master pizza-maker from Naples, Italy, and a cocktail list of Italian classics.
Breakfast Republic Opens New Outpost in Ocean Beach
Breakfast is clearly the most important meal of the day and the secret to what’s fueling the quick growth of this popular local chain. This week, Breakfast Republic debuted its fifth location, slotting into Ocean Beach, in the former OB Warehouse space on Newport Avenue. Serving up comfort food favorites along with cocktails, beer, coffee and kombucha, the eatery will eventually be joined by arcade bar Coin Haus. Take a look at the cool, new digs in OB.
Spanish Tapas & Wine Bar Swings Into Little Italy
Bringing authentic tapas plus cheese boards and other Spanish-inspired snacks to Kettner Boulevard is the newly-launched Bar Bodega. Now open for lunch and dinner, the charming new eatery is offering a wine list of Spanish varietals plus sherry, cider and more.
Nozaru Ramen Landing Soon on Adams Avenue
The owner of Ototo Sushi Co. will debut a new concept in Normal Heights next month. Open daily for lunch and dinner and staying open until late night on weekends will be Nozaru Ramen, serving up a menu of ramen varieties and sushi rolls plus beer, sake and wine.
Candice Woo is the founding editor of Eater San Diego, a leading source for news about San Diego’s restaurant and bar scene. Keep up with the latest Eater San Diego content via Facebook or Twitter, and sign up for Eater San Diego’s newsletter here.