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Keeping it Real at Juice in the East Village

On our Labor Day stroll through Downtown, we finally popped inside Juice at 871 G Street, one of two new East Village concepts from craft cocktail experts Consortium Holdings.

Juice in East Village, San Diego

We love a good neon sign, even if it’s a small one.

Still in its first couple months of operation, Juice is a cold-pressed juice bar offering a selection of healthy, natural drinks. That’s a little different from the usual bar and lounge concepts for which Consortium Holdings has become known at their other joints like Craft and Commerce and Ironside Fish & Oyster. They recently opened Rare Form in the East Village as well.

Juice in East Village, San Diego

Inside, the Juice crew was super friendly and quick to offer samples and suggestions. We eyed the breakfast bowl the dude in the corner seemed to be enjoying. It was one of their Morning Bowls—hemp granola, mixed berries, raw honey, coconut flakes, and your choice of yogurt, frozen avocado/mango/pineapple, or frozen banana/almond. Now that’s a complete breakfast.

Juice in East Village, San Diego

We were craving avocado, so we decided on the Mango Enchanted—frozen avocado, mango, and pineapple blended with your choice of Pulp Fiction or Drop The Beet. They poured samples of both options and we decided on Pulp Fiction, a signature juice containing spinach, cucumber, pineapple, and cilantro. They gave us the leftover from the bottle so we could taste it on its own as well.

According the menu, the ingredients in our concoction can lower blood pressure, fight free radicals, improve memory, and flush toxins. There’s a big focus on health benefits here—”keep it real” is their tagline.

Juice in East Village, San Diego

Simple, but cool interior. Yes, those are the lyrics from Notorious B.I.G.’s Juicy on the wall.

The prices are steep at $8 for their standard 16-ounce juices or $9 for a blended drink like the one above, but we have to say that it was a worthy treat that we’d certainly have again.

Juice in East Village, San Diego

With similar juice joints opening around town—Ritual Juicebox in Hillcrest and Juice Crafters coming soon to Little Italy and Hillcrest—this one is certainly worth a visit. Close by, Sol Cal Vegan Market will also serve cold-pressed juices, but we’re still waiting for more on that one.

Sol Cal Vegan Market Coming to East Village

Downtown San Diego’s East Village continues to be a hot spot for openings and new projects. At 910 J Street, Sol Cal Vegan Market & Cafe recently took over the space where juice bar Detox Lounge closed earlier this year.

Sol Cal Vegan Market & Cafe

Anne Thornton, host of Dessert First on Food Network, appears to be involved in the health-conscious market and cafe. We’ll keep an eye on it.

Comun

Across the street, local chef Chad White opened Común Kitchen and Tavern to favorable reviews a couple weeks ago. The Baja-inspired menu includes tostadas and acai bowls, as well as a selection of self-service beers. We’re looking forward to checking this one out.

Juice

At 871 G Street, Consortium Holdings—the folks behind Ironside Fish & Oyster and Rare Form—surprised us with another opening. Their latest project differs from the usual bar and lounge concepts for which they’ve become known. Juice is a booze-free juice bar offering a selection of healthy, natural drinks.

Juice

Menu descriptions explain the health benefits of each drink. For instance, the Pulp Fiction—which contains spinach, cucumber, pineapple, and cilantro—is tagged as improved memory, digestive aid, toxin flush, and vitamin C. Head over to Eater San Diego to preview the full menu.

The Market Hall

It’s been a few months since we first heard about The Market Hall at 969 Market Street, but the space at the base of the Strata residential building remains empty.

The Market Hall

The gourmet grocery store will reportedly have a big focus on prepared foods and include a full service restaurant area. There’s no word on when The Market Hall will open.

Half Door Brewing Co.

Meanwhile, work continues at Half Door Brewing Co. at 903 Island Avenue, where they’ve posted a curious new wrap around the exterior construction walls—”Where the West Coast mashes in with the Emerald Isle.”

Half Door Brewing Co.

The project comes from the Drayne family, who also operate The Field in the Gaslamp Quarter. Continuing their remodel of the old white house built in 1906, they’ve removed more of the existing facade to make way for the new.

Half Door Brewing Co.

Most of the south-facing exterior has been dismantled, as the renovation will expand the building in that direction.

Half Door Brewing Co.

If all goes as planned, Half Door Brewing Co. should open in December.

Pinnacle Rises Near East Village Pocket Park

One of the most dramatic additions to the Downtown San Diego skyline is rising above the East Village. Vancouver-based Pinnacle International is building two 45-story residential towers at 15th and J, an underdeveloped part of the neighborhood just a few blocks east of the new Central Library.

East Village

The project includes commercial space at ground level in each of the towers, as well as a large public park. On the northwest corner of the block, Texas-based Stella Public House and Halcyon are also working on a shared restaurant space with a large patio overlooking the new park.

East Village

With about 24 stories built so far, they’re just barely getting started on the first tower. Believe it or not, they still have about 21 floors to go. The project is sure to bring a new energy to a part of the East Village that needs some love.

East Village

Nearby, we finally got our first look at the Pocket Park—the new community space wedged between The Mission cafe and a future restaurant (more on that later). The pocket park is an example of placemaking, a movement that aims to transform underutilized spaces into public places that benefit the community.

East Village

Property owner HP Investors collaborated with Downtown San Diego Partnership, the East Village Association, and RAD Labs to convert this former parking lot into a miniature park. With the large park at Pinnacle still a ways out, the pocket park is filling a gap (literally) in the neighborhood.

East Village

A few months ago, the collaborators asked the community what they wanted to happen with the vacant lot. The demand for some sort of garden or park was clear. With that, the lot was transformed into a unique gathering space that seems perfectly quirky for the East Village.

East Village

Local artist Christopher Konecki contributed to the project with this mural. You can catch some of his other work at SILO in Makers Quarter and Waypoint Public.

East Village

The letters you see on those recycled wooden palettes actually make up a giant word search. We didn’t get to see the park in action since it was closed during our visit, but there’s no doubt that it’s a wonderful place for residents to gather outside or let their kids run loose.

East Village

Next door to the pocket park at 122 J Street, a company called Ramla USA recently took over the large building previously occupied by CrossFit East Village. Eater San Diego reported in April that the Japanese-based company operates restaurants all over the world and plans to open a Japanese restaurant here in the near future.

East Village

With all these changes coming to these underdeveloped blocks of the East Village, it’ll be interesting to see how the neighborhood continues to evolve.

Half Door Brewing Company Converting Old House in East Village

We noticed some new activity at Ninth and Island while on our walk through the East Village this week. After some delays, Half Door Brewing Company appears to be moving forward with its plans to remodel an old white house on the corner, built in 1906.

Half Door Brewing Company

The brewhouse has actually been in the works for a while now, as San Diego Magazine first reported the project in 2012. It comes from the Drayne family, who also operate The Field in the Gaslamp. Since we took these photos on Thursday, San Diego Streets reader Alex W. wrote in to report that a “Coming Soon: Half Door Brewing Co.” banner has been posted out front.

Half Door Brewing Company

In February, Eater San Diego posted a design rendering, anticipating an opening by August. That date seems to have been pushed back because construction appears to only be in the beginning stages.

Half Door Brewing Company

A blog post on the brewpub’s website described it as, “where west coast meets emerald isle.” While they plan to keep their Irish ancestry in mind and offer traditional stouts and lagers, they will most definitely feature IPAs to reflect the San Diego beer scene.

Rapid Redevelopment Continues in the East Village

As Downtown’s largest urban neighborhood, the East Village has been a hub of redevelopment ever since Petco Park opened a decade ago. Its mix of old warehouses, historic buildings, and trendy restaurants has made it one of the city’s most vibrant districts. Perhaps the biggest project at the moment is the new headquarters of Sempra Energy, on Eighth Avenue between Island and J.

East Village

Construction began late last year on the 16-story building, which is scheduled for completion in summer of 2015. That’s when Sempra’s current lease on Ash Street in the Core District will end, and the company will move 700 employees to the new building.

East Village

The center part of the tower has begun to rise, and it won’t be long before the rest goes above ground as well.

East Village

The project will preserve three historic buildings on the block, including Fire Station 4, the oldest operating fire station in the city. We’re happy about that because they just don’t make buildings like this anymore.

East Village

The Pack Loft building at Seventh and Island will also remain. They’re planning to rehabilitate the residential building and add new retail space on the ground floor.

East Village

The southwest corner of the project will incorporate the facade of the old Unicorn Building. This section will become some sort of restaurant and/or retail space.

East Village

See how there’s one roll-up door on the left and two on the right? There used to be two on the left as well, so the developer plans to add another back to the facade and use them as entries into the underground parking garage.

East Village

Just around the corner, Consortium Holdings quietly opened Rare Form last week. This new deli and cocktail concept is right outside the gates of Petco Park in the historic Simon Levi building, next door to the Stone Brewing Tap Room. With several other empty spaces available for lease on this block, this could easily become the best entertainment district in town.

East Village

Bumble Bee Seafoods recently moved its corporate headquarters from Kearney Mesa into the Showley Bros. Candy Factory building at Petco Park. Right inside Park at the Park, the building dates back to 1924 and is owned by the Padres. It’s great to see big names moving back into Downtown and taking over these spaces.

East Village

Do neighborhood centerpieces get any more iconic than this?

East Village

Cranes at the Sempra Energy site loom in the background of Petco Park, where San Diego residents mourned the loss of Tony Gwynn last week.

East Village

At Tenth and J, the Urbana apartment building is coming along. The flats here will range from 400 to 1200 square feet and should be available by November.

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