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La Jolla Cove's Trattoria Acqua gets lease extension

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Trattoria Acqua on the Cove, celebrating its 16-year anniversary, recently got a renewal on its lease. The La Jolla-restaurant was nearly shut down last month when its landlord elected not to renew the lease; only after announcing closing to the public and sitting down with the staff for a final dinner, did the restaurant's landlord grant it a six-year lease extension.

Husband and wife proprietors, Michael and Victoria McGeath, said what saved Acqua was the community support near and far. People came out of the woodwork, even from out of state, to support the McGeaths. Patrons came into dine, wrote letters to editors, called newspapers, posted blogs, offered to picket and more to save the restaurant.

Moving forward and looking ahead, Trattoria Acqua recently welcomed its new executive chef Michael Wilson, who previously was executive chef at Bing Crosby in Fashion Valley and The Palm downtown.

"We did a nationwide search to bring in a new chef and are very excited to have Michael in this exciting time of the next chapter of Trattoria Acqua," said Michael McGeath.

San Diego's 6 Degrees Business is kicking off its speaker series with "The Business of Sports: San Diego Sports and the Impact on the Local Economy," at Balboa Park's Hall of Champions, on April 22.

Featured speakers include Jeff Moorad, owner of the San Diego Padres; Mark Fabiani, special counsel member for the San Diego Chargers; and George Chamberlin, executive editor of The Daily Transcript to moderate.

Speakers will discuss new stadiums and their effect on the local industry, restaurants, sponsorships, marketing and other issues related to the sports industry. Discussions will be linked to the impact on the current economic situation and the affect on local taxpayers.

Visit 6degreesbusiness.com to register to attend. Tickets include breakfast, admission to the seminar and a ticket to an upcoming Padres game.

Last month, North County resident Simon Holt, along with his mother- and father-in-law, Michelle and Merv Morris, opened FROOTS, an alternative to fast food that offers smoothies, salads and wraps as well as a selection of soups.

With more than 50 restaurants worldwide, FROOTS in Carlsbad is now the franchise's third California location in addition to Encinitas and San Francisco.

Do you prefer to travel with your pet? ResorTime.com is inviting travelers to submit photos of their favorite four-legged companions on vacation to win a free two-night stay at one of the Web site's many pet-friendly resort accommodations in downtown San Diego, Carlsbad, Arizona and Palm Springs.

Submit your photo before April 23; public voting takes place from April 23-30. Visit ResorTime.com for more information.

La Costa Resort & Spa recently appointed Paul McCormick as VP and general manager.

Most recently, McCormick was VP and managing director of Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas.

Little Italy's Porto Vista Hotel recently announced Amy DiBiase as its executive chef.

Previously at Point Loma's Roseville, DiBiase will help create a new menu at the Glass Door as well as revamp the hotel's special events and catering operations.

Have you been to Hotel Indigo recently? If so, you might have noticed the hotel's team is now equipped with Apple iPads.

"We took the idea of having a guestbook and made it digital," said Chris Jones, general manager. "With the introduction of the iPad, not only can our staff easily provide guests with real-time recommendations and conversation from our team, but also from our current clients, neighbors and local residents."

Guided by hotel staff, guests will be invited to use the iPad to post comments and questions to Hotel Indigo's network of followers and fans on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to instantly receive local destination advice.

Additionally, the hotel will also stream a live feed of its social media pages on a widescreen TV monitor in the lobby.

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