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Jul 30, 2013 12:33 PM

The Gathering

Looks like Dan is finally letting go of The Gathering. I feel bad saying this, but I'm not sad to see it go. I had much better experiences at the location's former inception Piret's. Fingers crossed that the great location pulls in an innovative tenant...and no, not a craft brewery place that serves food.

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  1. Used to go there for a happy hour drink a lot when I lived in the area...never like the magician stuff though, seemed dated and cheesy.

    I hope a craft beer restaurant opens there, sorely needed in that area ;)

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    1. re: MrKrispy

      I know of no planet where a "craft beer" place is sorely needed.

      Craft beer fetish.

      1. re: Fake Name

        I don't know why so much effort is put into wine lists; Boone's Farm is perfectly fine.

          1. re: RB Hound

            Boone's Farm can't hold a candle to Ripple.

            1. re: DoctorChow

              We called it "Cripple". And let's not forget MadDog 2020.

          2. re: Fake Name

            Some day you'll convert to The Faith, FN. Until then, we'll pray for you.

            1. re: DoctorChow

              Yeah, yeah.

              Wine is different. Wine has soul, wine reflects the nature of its origin, its birthplace, its home.

              Beer represents the whims of the scientist ( oh, sorry. Brewmaster)and the creativity of the copywriter who give it the "Total Bitch Black Truffled Stout" moniker.

              That typed, I will confess to quaffing an IPA local to Valle de Guadalupe just yesterday at lunch at Corazon de Tierra. Fortunately, the place was empty, so there was no risk of being spotted. Of course, I just confessed here....


              While I enjoyed the beer a great deal, I had no urge to "bring home a growler, bro" nor consume it from a homemade device with some sort of funnel and clear vinyl tubing intended to accelerate the consumption. So I once again shun convention.

              1. re: Fake Name

                Corazon de Tierra? Show-off! Name dropper! etc. etc. etc.

                Nevertheless, I'm envious.

                1. re: Fake Name

                  "While I enjoyed the beer a great deal, I had no urge to "bring home a growler, bro" nor consume it from a homemade device with some sort of funnel and clear vinyl tubing intended to accelerate the consumption."

                  Wow - talk about combining two entirely opposite ends of the beer world. Well done, Fakey.

                    1. re: Fake Name

                      The mental image of you doing a beer bong was worth any intended slight.

                  1. re: Fake Name

                    a locally crafted IPA vs a soulful Two Buck Chuck. Hmmm, I guess you win.

                    1. re: Fake Name

                      I'm interested in trying this "Total Bitch Black Truffled Stout" you speak of

                      1. re: DougOLis

                        Only available on full moons and in growlers, bro. People are prone to sleeping rough on the sidewalk and engaging in fisticuffs just to fill their jugs the moment it's released.

                        In limited quantities, of course. Makes it cool that way.

                        Tattoo patterns available from the brewmaster, along with referrals to tattoo providers in your area familiar with the brand and its standards to assure consistancy in execution.

                        1. re: cstr

                          Right! And if built with the correct parts, one can utilize the same apparatus for food.

                2. I also miss the original Piret's. And The Perfect Pan. And the place (can't remember the name) that's now the Huddle. It was one of the best breakfast places around. I'd really hate to see a sports bar open where the Gathering is now, but anything else that has some class would be welcome. Something like Brooklyn Girl but different. If they have local beer on the menu, that would be great, but this isn't the place for a bar-restaurant with blaring TVs every five feet.

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                  1. re: DoctorChow

                    A SPORTS BAR...?

                    No. No.

                    Maybe a sports bar with Fetish Beer.

                    1. re: Fake Name

                      sportsbar=.false. Hopefully. But whoever plunks down $435K first gets the prize.

                  2. Surprised this didn't get updated yesterday, given that some people were wondering about it. Maybe it's because nobody reads the UT any longer. :)

                    It will now be the Harley Gray Kitchen & Bar.

                    Bought by the people that own the Boathouse (Harbor Island), and used to own Ole Madrid in the Gaslamp.


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                      1. re: RB Hound

                        Cup = half full so far. Good steps in the right direction, away from the status quo.

                        1. re: RB Hound

                          Have to wait a year to find out, and maybe not optimal, but better than the rumors that were floating about in July.

                          1. re: DoctorChow

                            Which rumors were than? It sounds like from the article that the guy who owns the Gathering (and the land) turned down quite a few ideas.

                            1. re: RB Hound

                              From the original July UT article link on this thread, $500k seems like a lot of money for a liquor license, some FF&E, and a declining revenue stream. Is there a standard revenue multiplier or pricing model used these days for purchasing San Diego restaurants or is it just the old "hey, I have "offers galore" and plenty of blue sky for this corner property, better put in a bid" type of market for a biz like this?

                              To me, it looks like the owner had (wait for it.......wait for it) one more trick up his sleeve.

                              1. re: Stiflers_Mom

                                ""hey, I have "offers galore" and plenty of blue sky for this corner property, better put in a bid" type of market for a biz like this?"

                                You mean "market value", or price determined by what a buyer is willing to pay?

                                Those tired-out clich├ęs of business?

                                1. re: Fake Name

                                  Had to google those terms. Yes, thank you.

                              2. re: RB Hound

                                I don't recall where I saw it, RB, but at the time I read that one potential buyer was considering a sports bar for that location. I couldn't see something like that fitting in with the Mission Hills demographic, so didn't pay much attention, but made a comment to that effect on this thread.

                                  1. re: Fake Name

                                    Yeah, really. Well, sorry about the heart attack, FN, but glad you recovered OK.

                                    Actually, I don't usually look into the business aspects of restaurants, but was interested in this particular one and so was reading about it. That immediate area evokes lots of great, distant memories.

                          2. Bring back Pirets!!

                            The circle will be complete. .

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                            1. re: Beach Chick

                              If we signed a petition, could we get Piret's back? :)

                              1. re: Ms. Verde

                                If only. Seems to me there were some legal and/or health issues that the Mungers were dealing at the time they sold. Long ago, far away.