Under Eric van den Haute's leadership, the Spanish tapas bar and nightclub enhanced its entertainment program, expanded its restaurant into the space next door, and opened two new locations in Riverside and Long Beach.
As president and CEO of Wine Steals Inc., Ken Mills co-owns four Wine Steals locations in Hillcrest, Point Loma, Cardiff and East Village San Diego, as well as Proper Gastropub. Anchored by Mills' ingenuity and dedication to his business and customers, the Wine Steals and Proper Gastropub now employ a staff of more than 100.
Tracy Borkum is the owner of San Diego's Urban Kitchen Group, which encompasses CUCINA urbana, Kensington Grill and Urban Kitchen Catering.
A San Diego landmark, the Bali Hai Restaurant opened in 1955 by restaurateur Tom Ham on the then newly-constructed Shelter Island. Family-owned and operated for more than five decades, Ham's vision continues today through his daughter, Susie Baumann, and her husband, Larry, and sons, Grant and Andy.
There were a lot of names thrown around for Urban Solace's new sister restaurant in Encinitas -- but the one that owners Chef Matt Gordon and General Manager Scott Watkins have decided fits the bill is Solace and the Moonlight Lounge.
The San Diego Convention Center recently earned a gold certification from the International Association of Congress Centres, and is the only convention facility in the nation and just the second in North America, to achieve gold status.
The Manchester Grand Hyatt is offering hefty discounts for Padres game attendees. Any Padres home game with a walkoff homer or a grand slam means everyone in the park's ticket becomes good for 50 percent off purchases up to $10,000 for rooms, restaurants, bars, the spa and more -- as long as they are redeemed anytime from the day after the game through Dec. 30.
Old Town's soon-to-open historic Cosmopolitan Restaurant in Old Town has named Jeff Thurston as executive chef.
In honor of its 21st anniversary, San Diego's Karl Strauss Brewing Co. is hosting a Chef Celebration Beer Dinner, featuring six local chefs preparing five different dishes paired with varying Karl Strauss beers on May 18.
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.
The family-owned landmark, Bali Hai Restaurant, is currently being revamped and will soon unveil a new look and menu.
The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation is hosting its fourth annual World Water Day Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 20, at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center in Carlsbad.