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Uptown Food Briefs

Uptown Food Briefs – Sept. 23

Posted: September 23rd, 2016 | Featured, Food & Drink, Uptown Food Briefs | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. After a 10-plus-year run, Wine Steals in Hillcrest ceased operations on Sept. 20 due to rent and leasing issues that arose between the establishment’s owner and the property’s landlord. The 4,000-square-foot space functioned as a wine-beer bar, retail outlet and event venue, and eventually spawned three other locations of the same concept. The Liberty Station and East Village outlets shuttered over the past several years, although Wine Steals in Cardiff-by-the-Sea remains […]

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Uptown Food Briefs – Aug. 12

Posted: August 12th, 2016 | Featured, Uptown Food Briefs | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. The Octopus Restaurant Group from Los Angeles has opened the much-anticipated H20 Sushi & Izakaya in the Hillcrest space previously occupied by D-Bar. Termed as a “Japanese gastropub,” the establishment brings to the table modern presentations of traditional Japanese cuisine served amid flashy design elements such as metal curtains, blue LED lighting, and a large screen projecting scenes of San Diego.

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Uptown Food Briefs – July 15

Posted: July 15th, 2016 | Featured, Food & Drink, Uptown Food Briefs | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. Ralph’s Grocery & Pharmacy at the HUB shopping center in Hillcrest is nearing completion of a major remodel that has already included an extensive olive bar and a section devoted to hundreds of different cheeses from Murray’s, a company established in Greenwich Village more than 75 years ago that recently partnered with Ralph’s.

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Uptown Food Briefs – July 1

Posted: July 1st, 2016 | Featured, Food & Drink, Uptown Food Briefs | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. After a 10-year run, The Tractor Room in Hillcrest is closing with a final Sunday brunch from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 10. Co-owner Johnny Rivera put the business up for sale several months ago with the hopes of finding a buyer “that would enhance the neighborhood.” But that didn’t pan out, he said. So he and business partner Andy Beardslee decided to close the cocktail-centric restaurant rather than wait […]

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