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After 16 years, Trattoria Acqua closes its doors

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La Jolla restaurant, Trattoria Acqua on the Cove, recently announced it will be closing its doors on March 13 because the restaurant has lost its lease.

"The landlord has made a decision after 16 years, that he wants to go in a different direction and wants someone else in the space. We are going to move on," said Mike McGeath, who, along with his wife, Victoria, owns the restaurant. "We are certainly disappointed yet believe that when one door closes, another opens."

Additionally, the restaurant will be liquidating what's left of its wine list at net wholesale cost on March 14 from noon to 5 p.m.

Trattoria Acqua was rated by USA Today as one of the top 10 restaurants in the United States.

San Marcos' Market St. Café Bistro and French Bakery at Old California Restaurant Row has named Matthew Richman as executive chef.

Previously working at the Fifth Floor in San Francisco, and Pacifica Del Mar in Del Mar, Richman's philosophy and emphasis is about cooking with fresh local products whenever and as much as possible: "Make it simple. Keep natural flavors," he said.

Check out his completely new menu at marketstcafe.com.

Gilbert Santana has been named as Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina's new director of food and beverage, where he will oversee all facets of the food and beverage division including Red Marlin restaurant, SWIM poolside bar and lounge, in-room dining, banquets and catering services.

Santana most recently served as the director of food and beverage at the Hyatt Regency Long Island, N.Y.

Valley View Casino appointed Mike Tansley as vice president of hotel operations for its boutique hotel set to open in December.

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