New Restaurant Announced for Kensington Grill Space

Cucina SORELLA, from the masterminds behind CUCINA urbana and CUCINA enoteca, is set to open in Kensington this spring

The space that once housed a popular Uptown San Diego restaurant will find new life this spring when a pasta-centric, California-meets-Italy eatery moves in.

Urban Kitchen Group – the company behind local spots CUCINA urbana and CUCINA enoteca – has announced it will soon open another location – cucina SORELLA, in the Kensington community.

The latest cucina concept will be at the former site of Kensington Grill (4055 Adams Ave.), a well-known neighborhood restaurant once operated by the restaurant group. After Kensington Grill closed, the site housed Fish Public, which closed about a year ago.

For this new food venture, the restaurant group, with restaurateur Tracy Borkrum at the helm, says it will re-conceptualize the 3,500-square-foot space in the heart of the lively neighborhood.

Cucina SORELLA will offer a new spin on the signature CUCINA California-Italian cuisine concept, with the menu boasting a “pasta-forward approach.”

“We’re excited to present guests with some very familiar elements from our original Banker’s Hill location, but reimagined to suit a more neighborhood-focused experience,” said Borkrum.

To that end, cucina SORELLA’s menu will feature hand-crafted pastas, antipasti, polenta boards and plates – small and large, sweet and savory. Several signature dishes currently available at CUCINA urbana and CUCINA enoteca will also be available on the SORELLA menu.

The new eatery also plans to offer a takeout program and interactive classes to patrons in the future. The restaurant group is working out the details and plans to release updates, including an opening date, in the months ahead.

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