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fallen star

fallen star

UCSD’s Stuart Art Collection received its newest addition Tuesday with the hoisting of Do Ho Suh’s Fallen Star house to the top of the Jacobs School of Engineering Building. Six years in the making, and at a cost of 1.3 million, the structure will be furnished and set for a grand opening in February 2012.

– Snooze AM Eatery opens Friday morning in Hillcrest, which is pretty amazing considering its building just went up. Next door, Freebirds Burritos opened today. Across the street, Lotus Cafe and Juice Bar is going into the old Pizza Nova location… Starting to lose track but there’s another Malarkey restaurant coming, this time in Point Loma, called Gabardine – in the old La Playa Bistro spot… LA Times says a Katsuya restaurant is indeed going into the Andaz downtown (goodbye Quarter Kitchen), and it’ll be big – 6000 square feet.

– The America’s Cup World Series continues this weekend on the San Diego harbor, with free concerts from Chromeo Friday and Diplo Saturday. Here’s some pics from last weekend:

– Kensington residents are being asked to pay a special $75 fee for repair of historic street lights. We attended last year’s Kensington-Talmadge meeting where some attendees balked at paying a yearly fee for a variety of neighborhood services no longer covered by our broke city. The message seemed to be that the city should pay for historic street light repair at the expense of other more critical services for the rest of the city – this is Kensington after all. With neighbors like these, I’d set expectations pretty low for the new fee’s passage, but we’ll have to wait and see.

meet the jetsons

meet the jetsons

The frame is up for Snooze AM‘s new home on 5th in Hillcrest north of University:

and the west side of this block is now a solid line of buildings. While the Shepard Fairey mural will be missed, the parking lot won’t be. Snooze just opened their Boulder location and the interior looks rather Jetsons-ish (from their website):

And now we know (courtesy of Troy Johnson) what’s going in next door to Snooze in that building: d Bar Desserts, also from Denver, and sure to pose some friendly competition to Chocolat down the street.

We walked past the construction site Saturday on our way to Brazen BBQ, which was doing a brisk business again. The changes the new owners made to that building’s exterior – toning down the 80’s architecture, adding a large patio (facing 5th ave, which is more pedestrian-friendly than Washington), and installing a bar with indoor/outdoor seating – has certainly had a positive impact on this corner.

– More new restaurants coming to downtown: The Feast reports on Bolillo Tortas, going in next door to Cost Plus on 4th ave (with another slated for Hillcrest)… Look for a new Counter burger joint at “6th and G”, according to an interview with the owners on CW6 – in the old Borders or in the empty ground-floor retail spot across the street? We’re guessing the latter… Rumors of LA-based Katsuya coming to San Diego, perhaps at the Quarter Kitchen location?… Also on the menu, according to Eater LA: a Border Grill and an Innovative Dining Group location.

– It’ll probably never happen in vision-challenged San Diego, but capping I-5 between Balboa Park and downtown is the subject of an article in today’s UT. Now if we could just get Irwin Jacobs to refocus his attention to the south of his unnecessary bypass bridge…

It’s encouraging that the freeway lids actually appear in CCDC’s Community Plan:

Covering I-5 with eight lids is official policy, as expressed in the Centre City Community Plan and, at $300 million, five of them show up on a list of $1.8 billion in public projects proposed for the next 30 years.

Five lids would be built on the north side of downtown, from Second to Eighth Avenue, and three on the east side from G to J streets. The park lid would be north of El Cortez between Sixth and Eighth.

…until you remember that CCDC’s budget has been cut by 80%. Here’s a map showing the proposed lid locations, from CCDC’s planning report:

– Speaking of the Balboa Park Bypass boondoggle, we parked and walked across Cabrillo Bridge last night to see Rocky Horror at the Globe (which was lots of fun) and we didn’t need an underground parking garage or bypass bridge to make it happen. Start up tram service for disabled folks, close Cabrillo Bridge for special events and spend the 40 million elsewhere in the park.

– This past weekend brought beautiful tropical skies to San Diego and warm temperatures even at the coast. We could have used a few more like it this summer, which was the second consecutive year where June through September were all cooler than normal (based on average max temperatures). In fact, last weekend was second only to the final weekend of August for summer/fall’s warmest.



Based out of Denver, Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, is going in to 3950 University Fifth in “a brand new building with sky high ceilings, all glass fronts and sky lights throughout” (which would actually put it south of Urban Outfitters at 3946 Fifth – say goodbye to the Shepard Fairey mural?). Their hometown location seems to be a bit hit on Yelp, but the brunch competition is pretty tough in its new neighborhood… The owners of recently-closed Trattoria Acqua are opening Brooklyn Girl in the Mission One building in Mission Hills… Stone Brewing’s South Park store is having its grand opening this Wednesday from 4-9 pm at 2215 30th St… San Diego Beer Blog also says Hamilton’s owner Scot Blair is opening Monkey Paw brewpub in the old East Village Jewel Box location… Bottlecraft, a beer shop and tasting room, is open at 2161 India St. in north Little Italy…Mission Brewery’s grand opening this past Saturday in their new East Village spot was a sellout:

LA’s Vintage Cinemas is re-opening the Village Theatre on Orange Ave in Coronado this Friday. It will operate as three theaters – two 45-seaters, and 215 in the main room.

A public meeting is set for Tuesday 6-8 pm at the old Planet Hollywood building in Horton Plaza for the planned “world-class urban plaza comparable to Union Square in San Francisco or Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland”. The space will include an amphitheater and host 200+ events a year. The UT article mentions three layout options for the plaza; I prefer the linear design shown here that mimics downtown’s grid.

The San Diego Museum of Art’s Stickley exhibit began this weekend and runs through September:

The exhibition examines Stickley’s contributions to the American Arts and Crafts movement and provides new insights into the artistic, commercial, and social context of his entry into the Arts and Crafts realm. Focusing on the years 1900 to 1913, Stickley’s most creative period, the exhibition illuminates the vibrant identity of the “Craftsman” style that Stickley developed and furthered through his furniture and household goods.Stickley offered customers a complete lifestyle based on his philosophy of simple design and quality materials, a philosophy disseminated both through his magazine, The Craftsman, and in his stores.

We had lunch next door to the museum this weekend at the Sculpture Court Cafe, which gave us time to ponder what a car-free plaza in front of the museum could offer. Take out the parking spots and you could extend the cafe’s tables right out into the lot; fill up the other half of the lot with food trucks. Move it all out for special events. Why not close off the lot one weekend and give it a try?