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May 3, 2012 01:13 PM

San Diego New Places Opening Thread Numero Tres.

By the limited power vested in me as a Chowhound, I hereby start a fresh thread of an old topic. The old thread (entitled Part Deux) was getting too long and cumbersome to navigate, especially on a handheld device. It can be found at

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  1. Looks like Da Nino's Pizzeria adjacent to Baci's on Morena and Ashton Street is changing to "LUCE". Big demo/remod going on.

    Luce is a prominent name associated with a number of restaurant interiors around San Diego, and it's pure wild speculation on my part that there may be a correlation.

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    1. re: Fake Name

      Fake Name,
      By the even more limited power vested in me, I think you should create a new San Diego New Places Opening Tread each year!! So when we are feeling nostalgic or just board, we can look up this info by year!

      1. re: sdnosh

        YES. Great idea! Wish the opening AND closing threads were organized by year.

      2. re: Fake Name

        Drove by that this afternoon. Looks like your speculation might be right, pretty expensive looking build out going on.

        1. re: Fake Name

          Are they affiliated with the owners of Baci? On closer inspection:

          On a separate note, since you are the CH eyes and ears for Mission Hills...any idea when Brooklyn Girl will begin lunch service?

          1. re: foodiechick

            Intresting. My wild-assed guess appears incorrect. That's how rumors get started!

            Dunno when lunch will start. They told us Saturday it would be in a month or so.

            1. re: foodiechick

              Luce...Italian Gastropub sounds lika my kinda place!

              1. re: Beach Chick

                Luce bar and kitchen opens up next door to Baci's on Morena blvd in Bay Park...900 square feet of Italian 'gastropub' goodness.
                Price range $4-$18..sample dishes...escargot pesto pizza, crispy organic chicken with brown butter truffle soubise.

                1. re: Beach Chick

                  Soubise sauce is a Bechamel type sauce which also includes (pureed) onions

                  1. re: honkman

                    really hope this place turns out decent, need more good eats in that area.

          2. New on Garnet. Papa Luna Empanadas. Looks small sort t of' cute. People in there. Anybody tried it yet?

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            1. re: saber

              I stopped in to grab a menu, great prices is all I can say so far

              1. re: Rodzilla

                look interesting? worth a try?

                1. re: saber

                  Yes, if you haven't already tried this place in the past two years, then yes, it's still worth a try.

                  We enjoy these little semi-circular pot pies that are made here with simple, tasty ingredients. Today was no exception and they were very nice for a late lunch.

                  The chimichurri at Papa Luna is ok but what they call Papa Pico is so much better on these small but filling little hot pastries.

            2. Word on the street (or at least the local parking lot) is that the old Fish Merchant space in the Keil's shopping center at Jackson & Navajo is being renovated into a fish market. Paper went up in the windows last week as well as the windows of the defunct ice cream/yogurt shop next door that had been vacant for nearly 3 years.

              While I think that's a pretty odd location for a fish market, if their product mix is well thought out and priced right, it just might work. No word yet on an opening date...heck, it doesn't even look like they've even begun the reno

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              1. re: DiningDiva

                I saw a truck outside yesterday and it looked like people were inside doing work. It would be nice to have a good fish market in the area.

                1. re: DiningDiva

                  I heard today that it will be a market/restaurant with the same owner as the Fish Bucket in Tierrasanta.

                  1. re: JRSD

                    I was up there today and there were people in there working. It is the Fish Bucket, they had it written all over the paper in the windows along with the gist of their menu. The door was open so I stuck my head in to see what they were doing. Not much is going to fix that small space, but punching through to the old ice cream shop helped. Lots of galvanized tin going up on the walls.

                    Do we know where the Fish Bucket gets their fish?

                    1. re: DiningDiva

                      I actually live in Tierrasanta and love the fish bucket. Not sure where he gets his fish, but you can order from him to pick up fresh fish the next day. I've done it a few times with great results. Esp when I don't feel like driving out of my area.

                2. Lexus Center Escondido is an auto dealership AND outdoor concert venue? Starting this week it also contains a "penthouse" restaurant. Vintana brought to you by the Chowhound favorite Cohn Group.

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                  1. re: Island

                    It looks like a pretty nice room! i wish them well...

                  2. Pita Jungle in Hillcrest is now open. (Thank goodness!)

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                      1. re: notjustastomach

                        Pita Jungle helped sustain me through grad school in Tempe. It's one of the three restaurants back in the Phoenix metro area that I miss, so I'm glad that it's here. Don't be fooled by the name... it isn't a Pita Pit-type place. Here's a link to their menu:


                        1. re: dustchick

                          Yeah, I remember eating at their original location in some non-descript strip mall somewhere in Tempe back in the mid 90's. I do agree that the name is pretty awful.

                          1. re: hungerpane

                            That PJ location now takes up about half that non-descript strip mall. Only Phoenix business I know that expanded successfully during the recession and all of the light rail construction.