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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 SanDiegoVille.com 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.

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.

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.

It’s All in the Details at Ironside Fish & Oyster

By now, you’ve probably heard the buzz about Ironside Fish & Oyster, the latest joint from Consortium Holdings in Little Italy. That’s the same group that operates other local hot spots like Craft & Commerce, Neighborhood, and El Dorado. We’ve visited Ironside a couple of times since it opened and are happy to say that it’s quickly becoming one of our neighborhood favorites.

Ironside Fish & Oyster

The name is a throwback to the building’s past as the home of wrought-iron gate-makers Ironside. When Consortium Holdings took over and peeled back the exterior, they revealed remnants of when the building was an auction house. They decided to leave the raw facade visible, as a nod to its past. We like that.

Ironside Fish & Oyster

The nautical-themed interior is especially bright in the daytime, thanks to a large skylight spanning the length of the restaurant. In sunny San Diego, it’s a great vibe. Reminds us a bit of Polite Provisions in Normal Heights—another great CH project where they added a massive skylight.

Ironside Fish & Oyster

We couldn’t stop staring at the beautiful bar display. The orange glow draws your attention to the bottles, and a canopy of oversized light bulbs dots overhead.

Ironside Fish & Oyster

Let’s get to the good stuff. Our favorite section of the menu is “Hold Fast,” which it says contains drinks “intended to help settle down and digest.” Just go with it.

Ironside Fish & Oyster

The Ghostwriter—bourbon, amaro meletti, and black walnut bitters. Absolutely delicious.

Ironside Fish & Oyster

It’s no wonder we had to wait so long for this place to open—they were busy adding impressive details everywhere possible. Between seats at the bar, they continue the nautical theme with anchor-shaped hooks to hang your “excess baggage.”

Ironside Fish & Oyster

Bar fruit looks even better when it’s in a gorgeous bowl like this.

Ironside Fish & Oyster

Where the magic happens.

Ironside Fish & Oyster

We just love all the different textures and materials used throughout the space.

Ironside Fish & Oyster

We’ve always had wonderful service at CH bars, and this one is no exception. Tell them your favorite ingredients and they’ll make a suggestion or craft something especially for you.

Ironside Fish & Oyster

You can order oysters from anywhere in the restaurant, of course, but there’s also a dedicated oyster bar toward the front. The staff is incredibly knowledgable and will tell you everything you could ever want to know about the particular oysters they’re offering at the moment. We also tried the lobster roll and salmon on our last visit and all were excellent.

Ironside Fish & Oyster

Next time, we’re having whatever is served in the skull glass.

Whether you stop in for a cocktail or sit down for dinner, be sure to check out Ironside Fish & Oyster in Little Italy. For little to no wait, visit on a weekend afternoon and sit at the bar. You won’t be disappointed.

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