Chef Brian Malarkey (Searsucker, Herringbone, Green Acre) and Christopher Puffer have opened Herb & Wood in Little Italy. The menu is centered around herbs, roasted vegetables, meats and wild-caught seafood. Sister spot Herb & Eatery will be a café and market. The two concepts will collectively be called The Herb Shop. Herb & Wood, 2210 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101, 619-955-8495.
Liberty Public Market is a 22,000-square-foot artisan mecca in Point Loma’s Liberty Station. Participants include family-owned Liberty Meat Shop, The WestBean Coffee Roasters, Fully Loaded Juice, Venissimo Cheese, Wicked Maine Lobster, Mastiff Sausage, Cane Patch Kitchen and Cecilia’s Taqueria. Liberty Public Market, 2816 Historic Decatur Rd., San Diego, CA 92106, 619-487-9346.
Tajima East Village is the fourth location for the San Diego-based mini-chain of Japanese restaurants. Five ramen variations, including a vegan version, are offered, along with appetizers (gyoza, seaweed salad, octopus fritters) and rice bowls. Tajima East Village, 901 E St., San Diego, CA 92101, 619-431-5820.
“Top chef” alum Richard Blais took San Diego by storm with his modern-chic Juniper & Ivy. His The Crack Shack is a fun outdoor "coop" with casual walk-up service and tasty eats. The Crack Shack, 2266 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101, 619-795-3299.
Sally's Seafood on the Water Re-Opens
Sally's Seafood on the Water at Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego has re-opened. Both the dining room and the waterfront patios have been renovated. The menu has also been freshened up with new seafood options like yellowfin tuna crudo and paella. Sally's Seafood on the Water, Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, 1 Market Pl., San Diego, CA 92101, 619-358-6740.
The Bird's the Word
Roscoe's House of Chicken 'n' Waffles, the soul food mini-chain with several locations in Los Angeles and Orange County, is looking to expand to San Diego. A specific site has not been set yet.
Todd Sicolo has been named executive chef of Loews Coronado Bay Resort. He oversees all the hotel's dining options, including signature restaurant Mistral. Mistral, Loews Coronado Bay Resort, 4000 Coronado Bay Rd., Coronado, CA 92118, 619-424-4000.
El Callejon in Encinitas has closed after more than 20 years in business. The Mexican restaurant is looking to relocate to a new space. El Callejon, 345 First St., Encinitas, CA 92024, no phone.
The Grill at The Lodge at Torrey Pines is temporarily closed for remodeling. Expect it to re-open in June 2016 with a new patio design, including a wood-burning rotisserie, as well as a revamped kitchen and menu overhaul from executive chef Jeff Jackson. The Grill, The Lodge at Torrey Pines, 11480 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, CA 92037, 858-453-4420.
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