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First to go in La Jolla

The first victim in this plummeting economy has fallen in La Jolla. Bully's on La Jolla Boulevard has quietly, and permanently closed. This is not a huge blip on the foodie radar screen, but a sad loss for the local community. It was a friendly, welcoming, cozy place that locals had brought their families to for decades. Not the greatest food in the world, but a comfortable hangout.

Not sure what finally did it in...the 2-year construction work on the boulevard for the inane and unnecessary traffic circles, the new opening of the cheaper family gathering place of Boll Weevil half a block down the street, or the tightening of credit markets to operate a small business in difficult times. I have lots of old memories to keep and think this is an eye-opener as to what lies ahead.

Support your small local restaurants. RIP Bully's La Jolla.

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  1. The Panani place on Prospect, which opened last year is also closed. I can't imagine Boll Weevil making it either.

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    1. re: cstr

      Wow, didn't even notice that closing and I just now read that the Boll Weevil chain (6 stores in San Diego) closed...out of business. Feel very bad for franchisees of the La Jolla Boulevard store, they just opened at the end of the summer and the place has been packed with all the kids and families from the Birdrock area.

      1. re: foodiechick

        Wow, the whole chain closed? It's sad to see 2 San Diego institutions go down

    2. I frigging can't believe it..
      This was such a great local place to have a great strong drink, one of the best damn burgers ever..loved sitting at the counter bar or sliding my butt along the huge naugahyde paneled booths..
      I thought Bully's would be around forever..

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      1. re: Beach Chick

        Still is. The Mission Valley location on Camino del Rio South just off Texas St. is open. You're right, their bartenders pour a good cocktail

        1. re: DiningDiva

          different operator. different experience. Del Mar is same opp. as LJ and still open but La jolla will be missed.

          1. re: foodiechick

            I'm so glad to hear that the Del Mar location is still there. My friend is a server for years there. I like their house salad dressing

      2. Sorry to hear about this. This is where I had the worst prime rib of my life, though.

        1. Bully's LJ hasn't been the same since George Bullington died...I have loads of personal memories of that place but haven't been in years.

          Bollweevil used to be a fave of mine but the burgers absolutely suck now. Anybody else here remember the Cotton Patch?

          1. Wow.

            Bully's was about iconic as a place can get in San Diego.

            RIP.