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Eater San Diego: Hillcrest Hub Pairs French-Inspired Bistro and Bar With Nonprofit Taco Shop

A round-up of the top food and drink stories of the week via Eater San Diego

A nonprofit taco shop? That’s one of the fresh concepts taking shape at a hub in Hillcrest helmed by Cohn Restaurant Group. This week, Eater San Diego takes us into that new project, plus other scrumptious news from our local food and drink scene.

Hillcrest Hub Launch: Bo-beau kithen + cache, Bar & Nonprofit Taco Shop
The Cohn Restaurant Group (CRG) has unveiled a trio of dining and drinking destinations on University Avenue, replacing the 100 Wines venue. Another installment of CRG’s popular BO-beau bistro just opened next to Libertad | Tacos a la Brasa, a late-night, wood-fired taco shop that will operate as a nonprofit and donate a good amount of funds to a different local charity every month. Behind Libertad is cache, an elegant European-inspired craft cocktail bar.

Upscale Stunner Red O Swings Open Near UTC
Red O's newest Southern California location is a soaring space across from Westfield UTC designed to look like a beachside resort. With a menu that takes inspiration from Baja and regional Mexican cuisine, the restaurant counts famed chef Rick Bayless as its culinary director. 

East Village Rooftop Bar Revamps As Social Dining Space
The poolside lounge space atop Hotel Solamar is gearing up to pull back the curtain on its recent modern makeover. Now dubbed Upper East Bar, the space will relaunch next week with a fresh menu of shareable plates by Jsix executive chef Anthony Sinsay that includes a new weekend brunch and craft cocktail list. 

Award-Winning Bartender to Lead New Gaslamp Cocktail Bar and Coffeehouse Combo
Popular barman Eric Johnson (Juniper & Ivy, Sycamore Den) is partnering with Verant Group (barleymash) on a duo of downtown eateries. Set to open this summer are Spill the Beans, a coffee bar and café featuring housemade bagels, and Smoking Gun, a casual eatery spotlighting smoked meat with a craft cocktail program from Johnson. 

Whisknladle Hospitality Plans Restaurant and Beer Garden in Sorrento Valley
The local restaurant group, which runs the Prepkitchen locations plus Whisknladle and Catania in La Jolla, has announced a new beer-centric project called Gravity Heights in Sorrento Valley. Planned for a 2018 debut, it will combine a large-scale restaurant with a beer garden and brewery managed in partnership with Skip Virgilio, a brewmaster and original co-founder of AleSmith Brewing Company. 


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