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Linkery and Hubcap Closing. . .Goodbye Jay. . .*sniff**sniff*

jmtreg Jul 1, 2013 06:07 PM

Although this is already being discussed on the Closed Restaurants thread, the loss of the Linkery and Hubcap. . .and really, Jay Porter, deserves its own thread in my opinion. Whether you loved the Linkery or thought it was overrated, it played a significant and influential role in the North Park dining scene. Without Jay Porter, do we have 30th on 30th, or the Ritual Tavern? Does local produce ever become a thing? I'm not sure.

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  1. honkman RE: jmtreg Jul 1, 2013 09:35 PM

    I wouldn't limit his influence on the North Park dining scene but his dedication to sourcing, quality of ingredients had a significant impact on many restaurants and chefs throughout SD. I am looking forward to visit his new concepts in SF (and hope that it will be something with Gavin Schmidt)

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      mcgrath RE: jmtreg Jul 2, 2013 07:30 AM

      I wouldn't say San Diego was not ready for what Jay was trying to do here, but the Bay Area should be a better fit for him if that's where he's headed. Jay and Gavin Schmidt each have disparate strengths that would well complement the other.

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        kriot RE: jmtreg Jul 9, 2013 11:22 AM

        We gave this place a couple shots and honestly it just never wowed me. The concept was great but the food always seemed to lack flavor. Having lived in the bay area for many many years, they will have to seriously step up their game in order to be able to compete. If they simply repeat what they did here, up there, they dont stand a chance.

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          Fake Name RE: kriot Jul 9, 2013 11:44 AM

          When they're down is the best time to kick 'em.

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            kriot RE: Fake Name Jul 12, 2013 08:56 AM

            LOL, didnt mean to come off too harsh. I do wish them good luck as well. I think maybe an ETIE would work up there since the Mexican food situation is really really bad in the city.

        2. Gypsy Jan RE: jmtreg Jul 9, 2013 01:56 PM

          I am sincerely regretful I never made it to The Linkery, El Take It Easy or Hubcap.

          But I have read and enjoyed Jay Porter's thoughtful and informative contributions to Chowhound and I really wish him well in his new endeavors.

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            cyyyy RE: jmtreg Jul 9, 2013 05:21 PM

            Super sad. Had my wedding at El Take It Easy, everyone loved the food, drinks and amazing service. We had food from both El Take It Easy and The Linkery. Not to mention we are, also losing the best poutine in all of San Diego.

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            1. re: cyyyy
              The Office Goat RE: cyyyy Jul 11, 2013 10:56 PM

              We went back to Linkery on Sunday for one last lardo icecream sandwich (okay, and a bunch of other dishes). It was yummy while it lasted.

            2. honkman RE: jmtreg Jul 11, 2013 09:29 PM

              Not really sure if I am excited about the new owners of the Linkery place -the owners of Bottlecraft. They are planning on a craft beer heavy place with homemade sausages and charcuterie. According to Troy Johnson's blog they want to "have a simpler menu than the Linkery" and "simplify the whole experience that the Linkery had" - as we wouldn't have already many beer focused places in SD with "simple" menus.

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              1. re: honkman
                DiningDiva RE: honkman Jul 11, 2013 10:28 PM

                All beer all the time...it's the new short rib

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                  Fake Name RE: DiningDiva Jul 12, 2013 08:23 AM

                  the new.....bacon.

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                    Beach Chick RE: Fake Name Jul 12, 2013 09:16 AM

                    the new...cupcake

                    1. re: Beach Chick
                      RB Hound RE: Beach Chick Jul 12, 2013 10:21 AM

                      I'm not sure ubiquitous menu items are a good analogy; it is more like every restaurant having the same theme. Like burgers. Burgers-n-beer.

                      With Toronado a block or so away, and Tiger Tiger and Hamilton's not that far, do they really think that having an extensive craft beer selection is going to set them apart? This is an ill advised idea.

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                        Fake Name RE: RB Hound Jul 12, 2013 10:33 AM

                        The whole "craft beer" affectation is tiresome, just like the bacon-topped cupcakes served with a 24-hour braised shortrib.

                        Nothing wrong with beer, nothing wrong with crafts. Nor bacon, cupcakes, and shortribs.

                        But the constant flag-waving and preoccupation is relentless.

                        1. re: Fake Name
                          RB Hound RE: Fake Name Jul 12, 2013 10:38 AM

                          They've made it too mainstream, and it will no longer be cool.

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                            DoctorChow RE: RB Hound Jul 12, 2013 04:30 PM

                            Guess I agree with McKrispy on this. San Diego is finally finding an identity for something foodwise (or drinkwise), and it happens to be craft beer. I'd like to hope that every restaurant that has some of our localbrau on tap doesn't have a cloned menu. Let's give the new owners a chance, and then decide.

                          2. re: Fake Name
                            The Office Goat RE: Fake Name Jul 12, 2013 01:45 PM

                            Hey now, if waving a flag for bacon and/or beer is wrong, I don't wanna be right. ;-)

                            And, now, since I just had an Alforon chicken tawook, I will slip gently into a garlic coma....

                            1. re: Fake Name
                              Josh RE: Fake Name Jul 12, 2013 04:55 PM

                              Trends are tiresome, regardless of what they are. Thankfully the industrial light lager trend begun in the '50s seems to be dying.

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                                DoctorChow RE: Fake Name Jul 12, 2013 05:39 PM

                                Our local craft beer affectation isn't a trend, my friend. It's the real thing. Food fads come and go. This will not. And there's nothing wrong with waving a flag for something that your city is becoming known for.

                              2. re: RB Hound
                                MrKrispy RE: RB Hound Jul 12, 2013 02:14 PM

                                I would have to disagree; 30th street is quite long and quite busy on the weekends. In the easily walkable stretch near University I don't think there are enough alternatives for craft beer centric pubs for our pedigree. I love Toronado but the menu isn't the best for weekend dinners unless you want grub and it is often packed.

                                We have Urbn pizza, Urban Solace, and Ritual...the latter two having small bar areas. Linkery is gone. I think there is room for a few more places, I would certainly like to have more dinner options with great beer on tap in that area.

                        2. re: honkman
                          cstr RE: honkman Jul 12, 2013 04:59 AM

                          I never thought of Linkery's menu as anything but simple.

                          1. re: honkman
                            DougOLis RE: honkman Jul 13, 2013 12:41 AM

                            I'm sure it will do well and while I don't wish the owners an ill will, I'm not sure that's a good thing for the dining scene. There are already enough sausage and beer places and it would have been nice to see someone try (and succeed) at something higher concept rather than dumbing it down.

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                              Josh RE: DougOLis Jul 13, 2013 07:02 AM

                              Sausage and beer is a good, crowd-pleasing combo. I could see a place modeled on Rosamunde doing really well in SD.

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                                cstr RE: Josh Jul 13, 2013 08:39 AM

                                'Sausage and beer is a good, crowd-pleasing combo' That's what Linkery is/was.

                                1. re: cstr
                                  Josh RE: cstr Jul 13, 2013 02:53 PM

                                  Right, which is why it makes sense for Bottlecraft to continue in the same vein.

                                  1. re: cstr
                                    RB Hound RE: cstr Jul 13, 2013 05:20 PM

                                    The Linkery had good beer, but it didn't push it. I'm guessing Bottlecraft wants to reverse the emphasis.

                                    1. re: RB Hound
                                      DoctorChow RE: RB Hound Jul 13, 2013 05:59 PM

                                      I'm guessing you're right.

                            2. honkman RE: jmtreg Jul 16, 2013 04:39 PM

                              It was good to have a last visit at the Linkery at their last night yesterday - one last headcheese, choucroute plate, many familiar faces...It's sad to see this important restaurant for SD gone (mentioned in a poem during the night) but at the same time it was also good to see Jay very upbeat about the next steps in SF. Really looking forward to visit the new place.

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                                honkman RE: honkman Jul 16, 2013 04:51 PM

                                Good photo

                              2. foodiechick RE: jmtreg Oct 3, 2013 03:10 PM

                                Update on Mr. Porter:


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                                  The Office Goat RE: foodiechick Oct 3, 2013 03:36 PM

                                  Thanks for that! Wow, only 30 seats? So only ~7 or 8 tables? That's about equivalent to the main seating area of Carnitas SS or am I thinking wrong?

                                  1. re: The Office Goat
                                    cstr RE: The Office Goat Oct 4, 2013 05:39 AM

                                    A Big rule to success is how much seating, this is small. Also, not sure his no tip philosophy will fly in SF and Oak.

                                  2. re: foodiechick
                                    DiningDiva RE: foodiechick Oct 4, 2013 06:35 AM

                                    Salsipuedes. . .Yes we can. Interesting name choice

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                                      The Office Goat RE: DiningDiva Oct 4, 2013 08:21 AM

                                      Uh, no. I think it's more like "get out if you can" or "save your a##"*

                                      *Disclaimer: My kids speak Spanish, but I don't, and they aren't here for me to ask.

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                                        SaltyRaisins RE: The Office Goat Oct 4, 2013 09:51 AM

                                        Yep, that's it. A street name in Santa Barbara, close to it's raison d'etre, Quarantina St. There was plague there once upon a time...

                                        1. re: The Office Goat
                                          DiningDiva RE: The Office Goat Oct 4, 2013 07:16 PM

                                          I think you're closer than I

                                        2. re: DiningDiva
                                          Gypsy Jan RE: DiningDiva Oct 4, 2013 10:18 AM

                                          "Salsipuedes" is a very popular camping, fishing and surfing spot north of Ensenada that is at the bottom of the very rugged seaside cliffs. The approach road is very steep and many vehicles have slipped and slid down it, especially when it is wet and muddy from morning fog, hence the name.

                                          The infamous blue fin tuna corrals are anchored nearby offshore.

                                          Perhaps the name of the restaurant is a reference to that very beautiful and bountiful area of Baja.

                                          1. re: Gypsy Jan
                                            foodiechick RE: Gypsy Jan Oct 4, 2013 11:05 AM

                                            Given Mr. Porter's affinity for Baja, I think this is a logical deduction.

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                                              MrKrispy RE: Gypsy Jan Oct 4, 2013 12:22 PM

                                              used to be a nice pond and everything...think that is all gone now. I miss going there!

                                          2. re: foodiechick
                                            honkman RE: foodiechick Oct 4, 2013 03:28 PM



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