Monthly Archives: February 2015

Keeping Up with Courtyard by Marriott in the Gaslamp

A new Courtyard by Marriott is in the works near Sixth and Island, on the border of the East Village and the Gaslamp Quarter. The 12-story development is filling a small gap between Ballpark Self Storage and Hotel Solamar.

Courtyard by Marriott Gaslamp Quarter

A development of J Street Hospitality, the hotel will feature 90 guest rooms, a ground-floor restaurant and bar, and rooftop bar and lounge.

Plans for the rooftop bar include some sort of “eco-roof canopy,” a fire pit, and a water feature. It sounds similar to Altitude Sky Lounge at sister property San Diego Marriott Gaslamp, which offers spectacular views of the ballpark.

Courtyard by Marriott Gaslamp Quarter

We’d actually consider this part of the East Village, but J Street Hospitality wants you to know it’s close to all the action in the Gaslamp Quarter. Maybe they’ll eventually catch on and realize the East Village is where all the good stuff is headed, but we don’t blame them for trying to attract tourists looking to stay in the more well-known Gaslamp.

Courtyard by Marriott Gaslamp Quarter

This rendering conveniently removes the adjacent Hotel Solamar, but we’ll let that slide. We would have liked to see a taller tower, but this looks like it will be a pretty nice infill project overall.

Courtyard by Marriott Gaslamp Quarter

The hotel is being built on a tiny 50′ by 100′ lot. This is about as tall as it’s going to get.

Courtyard by Marriott Gaslamp Quarter

If all goes well, the new Courtyard by Marriott Gaslamp Quarter should open in July 2015.

Half Door Brewing Now Open, Juice Saves Moves to New Spot

During our pre-Super Bowl stroll through the East Village over the weekend, we gathered a few updates from around the neighborhood.

Half Door Brewing Company

Half Door Brewing Co. just opened at Ninth and Island, and people already seem to be digging the menu and dog-friendly wrap-around patio. We hear that their selection of in-house brews is still pretty limited, but they’re planning to release new beers soon.

They’re open until 2AM each night, but Happy Hour might be the best time to visit. Available from 4PM to 6PM Monday through Friday, Happy Hour specials include $5 house beers, $6 drafts, and $5 snacks like mac & cheese and ahi tuna tacos. Head over to for a write-up on the soft opening weekend, complete with the full menu and plenty of photos.

15th and Island

15th and Island continues to dominate the east end of the Downtown skyline. It’s hard to miss the tower rising over the East Village, as work progresses on the first of two residential high-rises.

Southpaw Social Club - Closed

With so many neighborhood openings, it’s a little strange to see the shuttered Southpaw Social Club. We’ve been watching for signs of life since nightlife group Good Time Design closed the bar and grill in October. We’re looking forward to seeing what’s next for this prime location next to the ballpark.

Juice Saves

Consortium Holdings has been polishing off their latest spot at 631 9th Avenue, just north of Market Street. Juice Saves, which quietly opened last summer on G Street, has now relocated to this larger space. We previously told you about our good experience at the previous location, so we’re looking forward to checking out the new space.

The new joint is a collaboration with North Park’s Coffee & Tea Collective, which is close to opening. Eater San Diego explains that the shared space will also serve as the company headquarters for Consortium Holdings.

Sixth Avenue Suites Hotel Project Proposed for Cortez Hill

Civic San Diego is set to review plans for a new hotel project along Sixth Avenue in the Cortez Hill neighborhood of Downtown. If built, Sixth Avenue Suites would be located on the east side of Sixth Avenue between Beech and Ash.

Sixth Avenue Suites

The proposed 98-room, 9-story hotel would replace an office building at 1441 Sixth Avenue. We couldn’t find any details about the project applicant, San Diego Hope Partners LP.

Sixth Avenue Suites

The hotel would include 2,000 square feet of commercial space, and have a parking agreement with the adjacent garage.

Sixth Avenue Suites

The 7,500-square-foot lot is located immediately south of the Bay View Center office building, which contains a small college-preparatory middle school. Holiday Inn Express is also located on the same block.

Sixth Avenue Suites

Next door, Cocina 35 is moving into the space previously occupied by Indigo Cafe and Catering. An offshoot of La Loteria in Otay Mesa, Cocina 35 will serve old-school Mexican food.