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The Wave of Change Reaches Anthony’s

DINING: Landmark Eatery Plans Upgrades, New Venue

The Port of San Diego is reviewing plans by the operators of Anthony’s Fish Grotto that call for $4 million in renovations, including a modern makeover of its fisherman’s wharf-themed exterior and interior.

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At 50, SeaWorld Sees New Challenges

TOURISM: Controversies, Celebration Share Spotlight

SeaWorld San Diego is looking to make a splash as it celebrates its 50th anniversary this month as one of the region’s most popular visitor attractions, while also contending with unwanted controversy related to its parent company’s handling of its star killer whale performers.

U.S. Women’s Soccer Team to Play China at Qualcomm Stadium

The U.S. Women’s national soccer team will play an exhibition match or “friendly” April 10 against longtime rivals from the People’s Republic of China at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium with kickoff at 8 p.m.

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Eddie V’s Opens Newest Restaurant at The Headquarters

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, a brand of Florida-based Darden Restaurants Inc. (NYSE: DRI) has opened its newest location at 789 W. Harbor Drive, in The Headquarters at Seaport District retail center in downtown San Diego.

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Competitor Group Announces Leadership Changes, Names Abeles New Chief Executive

Competitor Group Inc., the San Diego firm that manages the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon Series and publishes four national endurance sports magazines, hired David Abeles, the top honcho at TaylorMade-Adidas Golf Co., as its new chief executive.

Port Approves Bank Financing for Kona Kai Resort Renovation

The Unified Port of San Diego has approved a financing plan for a renovation of Kona Kai Resort at Shelter Island, under which hotel operators will obtain a maximum $16.5 million loan from Torrey Pines Bank.

The Business Calendar for the Week of March 10, 2014

Some of the business events scheduled for the week of March 10, 2014.

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History-Themed Tavern With Museum Opens in Carlsbad

A history-themed venue featuring a 22,000-square-foot replica of a Colonial-era Boston tavern has opened in Carlsbad.

Luna Grill Carefully Plots Expansion Course for Restaurant Chain

Dining: Plans Include Opening First Location In Texas, More Locally

For San Diego-based restaurant operator Premier Food Concepts LLC, the recipe for growth is a careful blending of healthy menu items, strategic site selections and patience.

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History-Themed Tavern With Museum Opens in Carlsbad

A history-themed venue featuring a 22,000-square-foot replica of a Colonial-era Boston tavern has opened in Carlsbad.

Business Calendar for Week of March 10, 2014

Some of the business events happening the week of March 10, 2014.

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Opening Set for Dunkin’ Donut, Ice Cream Shop at Embassy Suites

Massachusetts-based Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. plans a March 10 opening for its combination Dunkin’ Donuts/ Baskin-Robbins restaurant, at downtown’s Embassy Suites San Diego Bay hotel.

The Party Is Over for Balboa Park Centennial Group as It Votes to Disband

Balboa Park Celebration Inc., the nonprofit organization formed to put on a year-long series of events to commemorate the 1915 Panama California Exposition, voted to disband and cede all its authority to the city of San Diego.

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Rebranding Results in Harrah’s Resort Southern California, aka, Harrah’s SoCal

Caesars Entertainment Corp. and the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians have put a new brand on their casino-resort as they get ready to open their second hotel tower.

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Upper Deck Gets NHL Contract for Trading Cards

Upper Deck, the Carlsbad maker of sports trading cards, celebrates its 25th anniversary this week with the announcement that it’s got a new contract with the National Hockey League to be the exclusive provider of its players’ trading cards.