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Feb 13, 2014 08:13 PM


Has Jsix reopened yet? Haven't been in that area recently to check and haven't heard or read a thing. Should be soon if it's not already open. It was supposed to be mid-February. And here we are.

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  1. Aha. So I see that the "official" reopening is scheduled for Feb. 22nd. But they seem to be quietly taking reservations for the 19th...

    Anxious to see what they did with (or to) it.

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    1. re: DoctorChow

      Maybe more craft beers and burgers?

      [ducking for cover]

      1. re: ipsedixit


        Why not? They bacon flavor everything these days, so it probably isn't a big leap to just throw the burger in the blender as well.

    2. Now they're accepting reservations for tonight, so I guess they're open.

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      1. re: DoctorChow

        Looks like more comfort food and brick and wood interior. Humbug.

        1. re: foodiechick

          What a shame. Yeah, bah humbug.

          Well, that's pretty much what they said just before closing for the remodel, but the reality of it is a bitter pill.

          Guess I'll stop in sometime anyway, just to see.

      2. I guess this is what Jsix has become:

        The layout seems awkward with that big table in the middle. Kind of offends my sense of aesthetics. Maybe it looks better "in person".

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          1. re: Dagney

            Hmmm, why or how is that depressing?

            Seems like what Graves is trying to do is what a lot of folks here have been pining for in terms of more creative mid-priced restaurant menus.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              I seriously doubt that Graves was the engineer on the night train to Change at Jsix. Its dutiful conductor, maybe, but not the engineer.

              And I can't speak for Dagney, but I find this paradigm shift at Jsix depressing in the same way that it's depressing when an old friend moves away. I really liked Jsix just the way it was.

              1. re: DoctorChow

                This. I liked it, actually loved it, the way it was; quiet, excellent professional service, and a well designed dining room for a fine meal.

              2. re: ipsedixit

                IMHO it is a dumbing down of Graves talents, opting out for comfort-type menu items. Granted, they are exceptionally sourced ingredients, but been there, done that. And what is with that big table? Does anybody really want to sit at a communal table with strangers when they are spending those kinds of $$$ for a night out with their significant other?

                1. re: foodiechick

                  Huge pet peeve of mine lately. HATE communal tables. At a bar, fine. For a nice dinner out? No.

                  1. re: foodiechick

                    I think the impetus for the change, or makeover, or whatever one wants to call it, is that Jsix was never that popular.

                    Good, yes. Popular? Not so sure.

                    The handful of times I've been, it was never really half-full. And it has in essence a captive audience with the Solamar.

                    The rooftop, bar, however was always nice, and probably too crowded on weekends.

              3. re: DoctorChow

                I might not like it, but the communal table idea I am sure would appeal to large convention groups. It seems that when I am at out of town meetings, I plan to go out for dinner with a couple of people, the group grows to about 8 and we can never sit at one table. This would fit the bill nicely. This is also why I avoid the gaslamp, I really don't want to deal with that crowd.

              4. We went on Friday night during their soft opening for their five course Chef's Mercy tasting menu - the new room is actually an improvement over the old place which always felt like typical hotel restaurant. The new place might not be the most interesting or best dining room in SD but it is a relaxing, smaller room now with a more neighborhood feel and even the communal table fits in.
                We didn't take a look at the menu but based on the 8-9 dishes we had at the tasting (and which are normally close variation to dishes on their regular menu) the food quality remains very high and similar to the old room. But it was interesting to see that on one site some dishes are now clearly designed to be more easily shared and perhaps a bit simpler than before (but still with great execution, e.g. dumplings in broth might sound overly simple but the hen broth was outstanding and rivals any other broth we had in any high-end restaurant). On the other site some dishes are now playing with more technique (e.g. smoke gun) or ingredients not seen before at JSix and not "mainstream" (e.g. sweetbreads). It will be interesting to see how they will balance their menu in the future between being more a neighborhood like place and still be creative - the first steps are quite promising (One difference to the previous tasting menus was their smaller portion size which was fine for us as we went to Lion's Share for some addiotional dishes and cocktails but would otherwise be close to be too small. Not sure if also the regular dishes are smaller than before or if it is just part of the new Chef's Mercy).
                The only disappointment was surprisingly the service and we give them at this point the benefit of doubt since it was their soft opening. It was good to see the same servers and that they didn't lose their jobs due to the closure but we were hopeful that this also wound mean similar good service as before. Unfortunately it was very disorganized, e.g. we asked as always for slow paced but every dish came out of the kitchen without any break (and it was by far one of the fastest tasting menus we ever had and hopefully not a reflection of the new "neighborhood feeling"), wine pairings came sometimes when we were nearly done with the course, forgot a few times to bring any forks, spoons or knifes etc.
                Overall a promising start with a few bumps in the road but we will be back ( and it might now be actually an even better place to go also with our two-year old daughter)

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                1. re: honkman

                  Thanks for a detailed first review.

                  It may take some time to adjust to this, but it sounds like maybe we can get used to it.

                  I think I'm still going to miss the "old" Jsix, though.