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Feb 27, 2014 09:08 AM

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Four (2014 edition)

The other Closed Restaurant discussion was getting too long. Let's start a new (and hopefully short) one

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  1. So, rode by Nicky Rottens last night, doors were shut and butcher paper covered the windows. Apparently they are remodeling. Hope they are truly remodeling, not "closed for remodeling."

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    1. re: Dagney

      I'm pretty sure I read an article about that somewhere, but I'm drawing a blank. In the interview, they stated that they were definitely remodeling, vamping things up a bit.

      1. re: Dagney

        Yes, they are remodeling and changing the menu up a bit. I have also heard that they have bought Anthology and it will be reopening in June.

        1. re: Dagney

          It's been what, 6 months now? Last time I was in the gaslamp (late July) JR was still not back open. Any new word on this?

          1. re: mig0sd

            None here...our team has been wondering the same thing. I kind of suspect they "closed for remodeling" as a way to exit gracefully.

            1. re: Dagney

              Ahh. Suspect, you say.

              In that case, maybe when you guys are having a quiet evening sometime you could raid the place?! ;)

              1. re: DoctorChow

                ha! well, I'll peek at the window tomorrow night.

        2. Not that I've gone, but Juan Chou in South Park has closed.

          A good Chinese restaurant would be a fantastic addition to the area, but that seems unlikely. Still, one can hope.

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          1. re: jmtreg

            I'm surprised it lasted as long as it did. That location seems to struggle. I'd like to see a ramen/noodle shop go in. Not sure how South Park would receive that but it'd be a nice addition.

            1. re: globocity

              A parking lot would be a welcome addition to the area as well.

              1. re: MrKrispy

                Really ? We never have problems to find parking in this area, e.g. Juniper west of 30th

                1. re: honkman

                  Yes, either there or a couple blocks north on Laurel and environs.

                  But as MrK says, more parking would be welcome, and I'm sure the people who live close by would appreciate the reduced street parking.

                  1. re: globocity

                    Agree. If an underground/aboveground lot were to be built somewhere in that area, further south, say somewhere along Fern, would definitely work better. I think there's an existing lot around Fern and Hawthorn.

            2. Kasi in Hillcrest is done. No more Indian delivery for me.

              1. The Blarney Stone at 5th Avenue and Island Avenue? huh? Please someone tell me it's just for remodeling.

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                1. re: Dagney

                  Do you know if this is/was owned by the same people who have the Blarney Stone in Clairemont?

                  Seems like it doesn't/didn't have the draw that other restaurants on 5th do. At least when I've walked by at night (which is not on weekends these days), the place looks pretty dead. Just a very casual observation.

                  1. re: DoctorChow

                    I don't know if it's the same chain....

                2. Not a restaurant, but Jonathan's Grocery Store in La Jolla is closing on June 1st. It was my go to place for Brandt Beef.

                  Rumblings of a new single screen movie theater going in as the tenant.


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                  1. re: foodiechick

                    Harvest Ranch Markets, same owner, same inventory, slightly better prices (this past Wednesday, the El Cajon location had 20% off all meat and seafood; I didn't receive the same sale notice from the other locations).


                    1. re: Cathy

                      Live right around the corner from the Encinitas location, I got the email about the sale from them. Its too bad because they are local, and the managers will do special orders for me. I don't know if Whole Foods is cutting into their business. I guess with the RSF crowd, the Encinitas location will do ok.

                    2. re: foodiechick

                      Wow. .
                      That is a huge loss.
                      Love love love Jonathan's and have been shopping there for many many years.

                      Movie theater business has been in decline for a decade..
                      I think a bowling alley would be a riot and bring some blue collar fun into a white collar world.

                        1. re: foodiechick

                          Was just there and talked with them. You know they actually own that building, so they aren't being forced out. They are leasing it long term to a movie theater outfit. They told me it just made more economic sense for them to dump the location. They are moving all their key employees who want it to their other stores.

                          1. re: Wino

                            I am aware of the reasoning, which makes economic sense for the family. It still sucks for the local clients that love it. My favorite memory of the place: In December of 1990, the day before I got married (to my first, and only husband), a lame bridal shower was held at our condo by the person we now refer to as the "maid of dishonor". My betrothed, his best friend from childhood, my brother, Stepfather, Father and his best friend descended on Jonathan's - gathering pantyhose, cigars, beer and a single knife (to cut the pantyhose into robber type masks). I still have the video they shot of themselves shopping at the market and then quietly letting themselves in our condo wearing hosiery masks to scare all the ladies at the shower.

                            As much as I would support a movie theater in the community, I highly doubt there is enough local traffic to sustain it. Even though there will be a better parking situation than the old Cove Theater had (none), it would need to have a sufficient amount of traffic from outside of La Jolla (and we all know what a pain-in-the-ass that in and out trip is). Color me doubtful.

                            1. re: foodiechick

                              Two words for that space: Cheesecake Factory.

                              Seriously, though - that might have made more sense for Richard Walker's. Or maybe the Cottage could have changed their name to the "old Grocery" and moved there.

                              1. re: foodiechick

                                Hi foodiechick,

                                I finally figured out how to get to the main menu of topics and this is one thread I wanted to read. That is a super funny story you shared, thanks. I can picture it now, I am crying with laughter... Are we allowed to tell off topic stories now and then? This time it is really worth it.

                                On that street, there is an old Fire House that they now rent out for private parties, or did. I don't remember the name of it, you probably do, since it seems you know this neighborhood. I have a true and hilarous (sp?) short story for you.

                                Right across the street from that large fire house:
                                How many people does it take to park a car in La Jolla?
                                One to stand in the parking spot farthest away from the curb as soon as the car leaves so no one else can pull in (this was me)
                                Second person to stand in the street and stop and block traffic coming from the west
                                Third person to stand in the west bound lane and direct our friend into the spot
                                Fourth to drive in the car

                                Now I am laughing and cannot stop. Exactly 18 years ago my son had a birthday party to go to at that fire station. The rest is history and it is true.

                                Night, Lindy