A new Thai restaurant has opened on Park Blvd. in University Heights: Bahn Thai is in the tiny spot across from Muzita. They’re open late, until 11 pm nightly… The Smoking Goat is expanding into the space vacated by North Park Seafood on 30th in North Park, says North Park Scene… Rosarias Pizza on University in North Park has undergone a name change to The Foundry, and added a big list of bottled craft beers to their menu. Turn it over and check the “if you like…” column for a few laughs… Just down the street, construction has started on Casa de Luz:
Tiger!Tiger!, the new restaurant/bar on El Cajon Blvd. in North Park from the owners of Blind Lady Ale House was open for 50 minutes during a recent Bike the Boulevard event, and will open for good sometime next month… a bit further off is the tentative opening of a 4200-square foot Pizzeria Mozza in the Old Police Headquarters project downtown. The restaurant, from chefs Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali, has been a big hit in LA, and fits with the project’s goal of bringing in celebrity chef-driven establishments. The 40 million dollar project could be completed in late 2012… Juan Chou’s Mexican and sushi restaurant is open in South Park:
- We ate at the new A Modo Mio restaurant on 5th in Hillcrest last week, without realizing beforehand that it was Restaurant Week. Turned out the items I was going to order were on their very reasonable $20 RW menu, and the rigatoni with spicy italian sausage plate was a treat. Although we weren’t seated out on the patio (we were lucky to score a table at all on this very busy Thursday night), it looks like a fun place to enjoy a cool San Diego evening.
- New Belgium Brewery’s Tour de Fat returns to San Diego this Saturday Oct. 1 from 11-5 in a new Balboa Park location: instead of along 6th ave, it will be in Golden Hill Park. This event was a blast last year and benefits go to SD County Bike and Mountain Bike Associations.
Speaking of craft brewers, there was a good article in the Seattle PI on why drinking craft beer often supports local businesses as opposed to supporting foreign-owned macro brewers of Bud, Coors and Miller. Unfortunately, if you’re attending a San Diego professional sporting event, you have your work cut out for you to find one of the few stands selling Stone IPA at Petco Ballpark amidst a sea of Budweiser, while macro brews are your only option at Qualcomm Stadium.
- Say goodbye to the current Hillcrest DMV building and hello to a new mixed-use project in the vast parking lot there, with underground parking, and retail in a 5-story mid-rise:
The new DMV building will be 50% larger than the current one. Architects Lankford and Associates designed the Smart Corner condo building and Hall of Justice downtown.