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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.”
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.
Most of the south-facing exterior has been dismantled, as the renovation will expand the building in that direction.
If all goes as planned, Half Door Brewing Co. should open in December.