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Crescent Heights comes to downtown San Diego

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Occupying the first floor of a downtown high-rise, sits Crescent Heights Kitchen & Lounge, a California-cuisine restaurant from Executive Chef David McIntyre and his wife, Mariah.

"We created Crescent Heights Kitchen & Lounge as a place where spectacular local ingredients, affordable wines and fantastic service all come together," said Chef McIntyre. "We hope our restaurant will become a neighborhood favorite."

A protégé of Wolfgang Puck, McIntyre most recently consulted on the opening of the award-winning Cut in Los Angeles. Prior to that, he spent eight years as Spago Beverly Hills working his way up to the position of sous-chef and kitchen manager. While opening Cut, McIntyre became acquainted with the intricacies involved in opening a restaurant, which became the perfect training for his next venture: creating Crescent Heights. There, McIntyre has assembled a stellar team, including former executive sous-chef of Cut, Mette Williams, and general manager Mark Wheadon, whose experience includes the Hotel Park City and Ruth's Chris Steak House. To create a diverse and affordable wine and cocktail list, McIntyre tapped Kevin O'Connor, Spago's Director of Wine.

Crescent Heights is located at 655 W. Broadway, San Diego.

CHIVE bids farewell

After having been a Fourth Avenue staple for the past nine years, Gaslamp restaurant CHIVE, closed its doors Oct. 30. A part of the Urban Kitchen family, which also includes Kensington Grill, Laurel and Urban Kitchen Catering, CHIVE was instrumental in the advent of modern cuisine in downtown's Gaslamp Quarter.

Sevilla alters menu

In response to growing lifestyle and economic trends, Café Sevilla has done a complete overhaul of its menu by unveiling smaller portions called, "Gran Tapas", under the direction of Executive Chef Cesar Castillo.

"Recent trends clearly show that the average guest is no longer looking for huge dinner portions in ordering entrees," said Sevilla CEO Eric Van Den Haute. "Diners are looking forward to ordering a variety of smaller dishes to share, and being able to sample many different flavors within one meal. At the same time, the economic crunch means they have less to spend. By taking our tapas concept one step further and right-sizing our entrees into Gran Tapas, we can satisfy both needs."

With the reduction in portions, Sevilla is also able to offer consumers their fare at a reduced price.

Annual car classic

Paying homage to the ultimate American driving machines and celebrating classic American Sports Car and GM on its 100th anniversary, the fifth Annual La Jolla Motor Car Classic rolls into town on Sunday, Jan. 11.

In addition to homegrown classics, such as Corvettes, Mustangs and chic Shelby Roadsters, vintage auto aficionados will enjoy British, Italian and German marques along with horseless carriages and other vintage classics. This juried show will include ten specialty car classes, Excellence in Design, Director's Choice, Best in Show and even a People's Choice Award.

Visit lajollabythesea.com for further details.

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