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March 2012 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

The Cohn Restaurant Group will unveil their newest dining concept, 100 Wines Hillcrest, in early summer 2012. This wine bar will feature small plates influenced by Spain, France and Italy, along with craft cocktails and bottles of wine priced in categories of $20, $30 and $40+. For more information, visit www.100wineshillcrest.com. 100 Wines Hillcrest, 1027 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92103, no phone.
 

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News Bytes

Unique Craft Cocktails at The Grant Grill
The Grant Grill has launched a new cocktail menu featuring four seasonal favorites inspired by four unique citrus flavors, each crafted with a distinctive twist. Favorites include the Hand of the Buddha made with Buddha’s Hand-infused High West Silver Oat Whiskey, and the Kumquat Kobbler made with kumquat-infused vodka. The zesty Bitter Betty is made with freshly muddled blood oranges and blood-orange bitters, while the Mona’s Revenge gives a spirited nod to the grapefruit. The Grant Grill, The US Grant, 326 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101, 619-744-2077.
 
Sunset Tuesdays at Del Mar Plaza
Now that the longer days have arrived, Del Mar Plaza has launched a multi-venue happy hour on Tuesdays that will run through the end of April. Check out Del Mar Rendezvous for half-off beer and sake all day and night, and for food specials from $4. Pacifica Del Mar is offering an all-night happy hour at their Ocean Bar. SIP & Flavor Del Mar have discounted food items, $5 white and red wines and well drinks, and $3 draft beer from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Enjoy some sparkling wine at Enoteca, where Proseccos are $3 from 4 p.m.-6p.m. At Smashburger you can get a bucket of four beers of your choice all day for only $10.99, while SHIMBASHI has deals on sushi rolls, appetizers, wine and beer from 4 p.m.-6p.m. Two-hour parking is free with a validated ticket. Del Mar Plaza, 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014, 858-523-0835.
 

Chef Shuffle

Chef Aaron Martinez has left 1500 Ocean, the formal dining restaurant at historic Hotel del Coronado. No replacement has been announced as of yet, but new general manager Ben Kephart, formerly of Cucina Urbana, has arrived at 1500 with great plans. We are excited to see who lands there next. 1500 Ocean, Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, CA 92118, 619-522-8490.
 
French chef Pascal Vignau has been named executive chef of Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa, set to open this July directly across from Carlsbad State Beach. Pascal Vignau specializes in simple yet contemporary international and home-style cuisine. Pascal Vignau joins the Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort following eight years as chef/owner of Savory Casual Fare, known for its casual international menu and quaint bistro setting. Chandler’s Restaurant & Lounge, Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront, 1 Ponto Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92011, 760-602-0800.
 


Closings

CLOSED FOR GOOD
Take your taste buds on a walk down memory lane! Check out our exclusive closed restaurant database for San Diego to virtually visit your favorite dining spots from the past. Mr. Tiki Mai Tai Lounge, R.I.P.

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