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Respected culinary entrepreneur Terryl Gavre, who's partnered with chef Carl Schroeder on Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant and Market Restaurant + Bar, is opening a new breakfast and lunch place called ACME Kitchen in the East Village this summer. This cozy, 1000-square-foot spot will serve up Southern-style cuisine like jalapeño corn muffins, pulled pork sandwiches, Saltine cracker-crusted fried chicken and Sloppy Joes. The casual setting will welcome 40 diners inside and another 40 outside at sidewalk tables. Gavre has been busy in her test kitchen perfecting her "angel" biscuits. For more information, call 619-515-2225. ACME Kitchen, 901 E. St., San Diego, CA 92101, 619-515-2225.
The sleepy town of Rancho Santa Fe has a new eatery --- The Rancho Santa Fe Bistro --- a breakfast, lunch and dinner spot with a serious selection of wine. Owner Mozy Jahanguiri took over The Pantry on Paseo Delicias to bring some new culinary life into the area. Breakfast includes antioxidant-loaded smoothies, egg white omelets, and heartier huevos rancheros; lunch means grass-fed burgers, salmon BLTs, Cobb salads and beef kabobs. Dinner features Prime New York steak, duck breast and short ribs. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 858-756-1221. Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner Mon.-Sat., Brunch Sat. & Sun. The Rancho Santa Fe Bistro, 6024 Paseo Delicias Suite C, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067, 858-756-1221.
The highly anticipated new restaurant AVANT has opened its doorsat the Rancho Bernardo Inn, welcoming guests to enjoy executive chef Nicholas Bour's and chef de cuisine James Kozak's California seasonal cuisine. Replacing El Bizcocho, AVANT is a more casual eatery with great patio spaces, an al fresco fireplace, and a massive central bar. The bar serves house-made charcuterie and mustards on tap, artisan cheeses, craft cocktails, boutique wines and local beers. The private chef room and kitchen will host cooking classes and demos. Avant, 17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr., San Diego, CA 92128, 858-675-8500, 877-517-9340.

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News Bytes

Tapenade Opens for Déjeuner
Tapenade has started serving lunch again Wednesday through Friday. Chef Jean-Michel Diot gets creative with dishes like seared calamari, cranberries beans and ratatouille salad; escargot; and lamb sliders. Guests can also enjoy steak au poivre and moules frites. Tapenade, 7612 Fay Ave., La Jolla, CA 92037, 858-551-7500.
Burlap Morphs into Searsucker; Chef Sinsay Departs
In the continuing Enlightened Hospitality Group (EHG) makeover, noted chef Anthony Sinsay has left the company to join Little Italy's La Villa. Sinsay helmed the Asian Cowboy-themed Burlap, which has been transformed into a North County outpost of Searsucker, chef Brian Malarkey’s most successful project to date. EHG hopes to reconnect with the local residents, who withdrew from Burlap over the past year, by bringing the energy of downtown's Searsucker to Carmel Valley. Enlightened Hospitality Group's pastry chef Rachel King has also left the company to join forces with Jason Knibb at Nine-Ten in La Jolla. Burlap, Del Mar Highlands, 12995 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130, 858-369-5700.

Chef Shuffle

More shake ups within the Enlightened Hospitality Group (EHG), James Brennan and Brian Malarkey's restaurant group, as Herringbone's popular chef Amanda Baumgarten is no longer helming the La Jolla kitchen. A Top Chef alum, Baumgarten joined the group in 2011 and was a key player in Herringbone's success. Baumgarten came from the respected Water Grill in Los Angeles. All of the notable hired chefs within the fabric-themed group have departed at this point, leaving Malarkey to be the solo face of the restaurant group. Herringbone, 7837 Herschel Ave., La Jolla, CA 92037, 858-459-0221.


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