San Diego Business Journal

New Restaurants, Grocer Coming to Little Italy Apartment Tower

By Lou Hirsh Wednesday, July 2, 2014
The Ariel Suites apartment tower in Little Italy – Photo courtesy of CoStar Group

The Ariel Suites apartment tower in Little Italy – Photo courtesy of CoStar Group

Two new restaurants and a natural foods grocer have been signed to occupy the ground floor of Ariel Suites, a recently completed 22-story luxury apartment tower at Beech Street and Kettner Boulevard in Little Italy. Openings are expected in early 2015.

Mexiterranen Hospitality LLC has signed a 10-year lease to occupy a two-floor space totaling 4,650 square feet, according to Michael Spilky of brokerage company Location Matters, which represented the tenant and landlord, Ariel Suites LP.

Mexiterranean’s yet-to-be-named restaurant will include “Baja Mediterranean” style cuisine from Chef Javier Plascencia, who also operates Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro in Bonita and two other restaurants in Mexico.

Also opening at the tower will be Pan Bon, a bi-level restaurant that will include an Italian bakery café on the ground level and a fine-dining restaurant on the second floor. It is the first U.S. restaurant for Pan Bon, which plans to use a portion of its 6,500 square feet for a bakery commissary for its wholesale operations.

Hanson Market, a gourmet and organic natural foods grocer, will occupy approximately 8,500 square feet at the tower in downtown San Diego.