Mariel Concepcion

Staff Reporter

Email: mconcepcion@sdbj.com
Phone: 858-277-6359 Extension: 3114

Recent Stories

Jack in the Box Extends Deadline to Add Two New Directors

The original deadline to appoint the members was Jan. 8 but was moved as part of ongoing discussions with investors Jana Partners LLC to explore “strategic and financing alternatives to maximize shareholders value.”

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Rego Restaurant Group Names Tim Casey CEO

Casey previously served as president and CEO of PepperJax Grill and as president of QDOBA Mexican Grill. Prior, he was vice president at Starbucks Coffee Company.

Restaurateur’s Success Serves as Example

DINING: Intricacies Span From Managing to Menu

The sun is shining on Rise & Shine Restaurant Group … now. A decade after opening his first restaurant in Pacific Beach, founder and owner Johan Engman today owns over a dozen restaurants throughout Southern California.

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Hospitality Sector Looking For Big Win in Beach Games

2019 Look Ahead: Tourism & Hospitality

After winning a three-year bidding war that included a host of American cities as well as seven countries, San Diego will host the inaugural Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) World Beach Games October 2019.

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With Millennial Support, Distillers Craft Their Plan

2019 Look Ahead: Tourism & Hospitality

A search on the San Diego Distillers Guild website indicates there are approximately 15 craft distilleries as members in the county. According to the American Craft Spirits Association 2018 annual report, California leads in the number of craft spirits distilleries in the country with 156, up from 148 the year prior.

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Benchmark Brewing Looks To Make Necessary Changes

Following a close call with eviction, San Diego’s Benchmark Brewing Co. will remain open, for now.

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For Council Brewing Co., It’s Closing Time as Tastes Change

Just seven months after opening its second location — a tasting room in Santee — Council Brewing Co., founded in 2014 and headquartered in Kearny Mesa, has officially — and sadly — closed.

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San Diego Padres Promote Erik Greupner to President of Business Operations

Greupner, who joined the club in December 2010 as Vice President, General Counsel, had served as Chief Operating Officer for the Padres since November 2016.

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S.D. Coffee: Wake Up, And Smell the Profits

A couple of years ago, Jay Ruskey, a seasoned California farmer, tapped San Diego to grow high-end coffee that he and his team believe will sell for around $15 a cup.

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California Pacific Airlines Suspends Carlsbad Operations Due to Pilot Shortage

According to a press release, impacted cities include Carlsbad, San Jose, Reno-Tahoe, Las Vegas and Phoenix-Mesa.

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Kimpton Solamar Hotel Names Justin Gentry as General Manager

Gentry joined Kimpton Solamar Hotel as director of rooms in 2013.

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San Diego Museum Council Hires New Executive Director

Miller-Coleman is set to start in her new role starting January.

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Accessory Co. Tries to Stay Step Ahead of Devices

RETAIL: Carriers, Cases Both Protect and Stylishly Promote Products

It was the combination of a padded postal envelope and a pricey laptop that inspired Ethan Nyholm, founder and global CEO of STM Brands, to design his very first laptop bag back in 1998 while attending college for business marketing in Sydney, Australia.

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Benchmark Brewing Signs New Distribution Contract

Thanks to its attorneys, according to Benchmark co-founder, Rachael Akin, the brewery will be able to remain in its headquarters, hopefully at least until the contract runs out in seven years.

California Pacific’s Flight Plans Put to Test

2018 Newsmakers

After attempting for a decade to get the privately held commercial service airline off the ground, Ted Vallas’ California Pacific Airlines finally launched with its inaugural flight Nov. 2 out of Carlsbad’s McClellan-Palomar Airport.

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Table Games: Del Frisco’s Bets Big On Its Steaks

2018 Newsmakers

On Nov. 3, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse at the waterfront InterContinental San Diego hotel opened its doors. Despite joining the buzzing downtown area, which is saturated with nearly a dozen other steakhouses, business at the 16,650 square foot, $10 million, two-story restaurant is “as good as projected,” said a spokesperson.

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City Will Have to Revisit Short-Term Rental Issue

The city of San Diego in 2018 finally addressed the issue of short-term rentals only to have that progress upended by opponents.

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San Diego Has Second Lowest Unemployment Rate Among State's Metro Areas

San Diego’s third quarter unemployment rate came in at 3.2 percent, down from 3.7 percent in the second quarter.

Pacific Plastics Injection Molding Acquired by Diversified Plastics Inc.

All Pacific Plastics employees, including all of its C-level executives, will remain post-acquisition.

Local Owners Are Hands-On With Crafting Version of Queen Bee Market

Fun fact: Did you know that the Queen Bee Market, the bi-annual two-day shopping event that features handmade items from more than 100 local and national artisans and is held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, is owned by two San Diego-based sisters?

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Senior Living Co. Taps Forbes’ Program To Upgrade Its Service to Luxury Level

Kisco Senior Living doesn’t want to be the traditional, medical-facility-like convalescent home.

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Jack in the Box Exploring Possible Sale

The Board of Directors, management and legal team and financial advisers have yet to make an official decision as to which direction the company will go in or what timetable it is considering, but the company did say it has had discussions with potential buyers.

San Diego International Airport to Close Economy Lot

According to a press release, the closure will make way to a brand new employee parking lot as a result of the loss of the existing employee parking due to construction of a new stormwater infiltration system.

For Burger Lounge, Product and Preparation Should Only Make It Look Easy

The acronym is K.I.S.S. Or, “keep it simple, stupid.” But, simple doesn’t necessarily mean easy. Just ask Burger Lounge’s President and CEO J. Dean Loring.

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California Pacific Airlines Adds Spare Aircraft to Carlsbad Operation

According to Ryan DiVita, the company’s director of sales and marketing, the airline will also add a spare aircraft, to be parked at Carlsbad’s McClellan-Palomar Airport, starting at the end of the year as a precaution for the future.

Baked in the Sun to Close

According to a WARN filing, the company will be permanently closing starting Jan. 26, leaving 211 without jobs.

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. Says DOJ Ending 'BlackFish' Probe

According to the SEC filing by SeaWorld, the U.S. Justice Department notified the company that it has decided not to take actions against the company.

San Diego Strike Force, Pechanga Arena Announce Indoor Football League Arrival

According to a press release, the San Diego Strike Force will play at the Pechanga Arena San Diego, formerly known as the Valley View Casino Center, beginning in late February, when the 2019 IFL season launches.

Entrepreneur Won’t Let Eco-Opportunity Go to Waste

Last year after a holiday dinner, Marina Qutab’s father asked her what she hopes her legacy would be.

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San Diego Economic Surveys Find Optimism Holding Fast

ECONOMY: Craft Beer, Tourism and Overall Picture Remains Bright

Although big beer has been lurking around the craft beer neighborhood lately, it seems the latter isn’t too worried about the presence of the former just yet.

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Callaway Is Game for Apparel, Gear Market

SPORT: Golf Still Strong Suit, While on Acquisition Course

Callaway Golf Co. is taking a shot.

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Pechanga Sports Arena Naming Rights Approved

The city will receive approximately $40,000 per year from the Naming Rights Agreement, or approximately $63,000 if the term expires in 2020.

Making Some Changes

Although definitely not new to the neighborhood, some others around town are getting some pretty noteworthy facelifts.

Procopio Expands Office Space

The full-service business and litigation AmLaw 200 firm’s downtown San Diego and Del Mar Heights offices now have a combined 62,000 square feet of space that was either added or refurbished.

Culinary and Music Radio Feature to Air on New S.D. Radio Station

"Lick the Plate" will air Monday through Friday during the first commercial break from 7pm to 10pm.

San Diego Convention Center Corp. Names 2 to Board of Directors

Xema Jacobson, who was involved with the construction of the facility and its 2001 expansion, will serve as 2019 board chair.

Jack in the Box National Franchisee Assn. Sues Jack in the Box, Inc.

Filed in Los Angeles, the breach of contract and implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing lawsuit alleges Jack in the Box failed to perform its contractual duties.

Beverage Entrepreneurs Took Their Idea Back to Schools

RETAIL: College Outlets Are Path to Growth in Crowded Marketplace

While some students his age might have been more inclined to explore the culture of alcohol consumption on campus, it was a whole other type of beverage that then 21-year-old Kevin Gelfand was craving.

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Center of Sustainable Energy Names President

His appointment comes after an extensive nationwide search was done, says the release.

Callaway Acquires Jack Wolfskin Outdoor Apparel Co.

The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019.

San Diego Convention Center’s Bigger Bay Boom: A $1.1 Billion Impact

The economic impact of the San Diego Convention Center is anything but small.

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Hotel’s Holiday Spirit Makes For Good Cookies and Numbers

More and more, businesses are turning to immersive entertainment events — mostly through the holiday season — versus traditional billboards and radio ads to drive traffic to and grow revenue for their properties. For the last three years, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel has also jumped on that sleigh.

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Marrow Fine to Have a Dazzling Debut at One Paseo

What started as a passion project in 2016 for corporate-executive-turned-designer Jillian Sassone is now a full-blown craftsman jewelry business. Today, Marrow Fine boasts clients like reality star and designer Lauren Conrad, Natalia Cordova Buckley from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Coco, Karrueche Tran from TNT’s Claws and San Diego Business Journal’s very own life sciences and health care reporter, Jared Whitlock.

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Jack in the Box Explores Sales Options, Reports Reuters

This follows Jack in the Box’s sale of Qdoba earlier this year to private equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC for about $305 million cash.

San Diego’s Moxy Hotel Opens

Developed with San Diego-based J Street Hospitality and Azul Hospitality Group, Moxy San Diego is a nine-story, 126-room, millennial-minded boutique hotel in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter.

Changing Tastes, Millennial Market, New Laws Put Distillers in Good Position

Millennials, roughly ranging in age from 21 to 34, may seem relatively young and inexperienced in comparison to baby boomers.

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Restaurant Chain Wants Each Eatery to Have Its Own Flavor

DINING: Food, Art and Welcoming Environment Make an Impression

When San Diego-bred brothers Alex and Eric Adler first had the idea of opening a Mexican-inspired restaurant almost a decade ago, their immediate inclination was to create an upgraded version of the traditional Southern California hole-in-the-wall taco shop.

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Monterey Financial Holdings, LLC, Appoints New CEO

Chris Hughes, who recently served as president and CEO, will assume the role of Executive Director.

Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Names Bret Schanzenbach as CEO

Prior to joining the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, Schanzenbach served as CEO of the Vista Chamber of Commerce since 2009.

Delivery Apps Bring Fresh Challenges to the Dining Scene

FOOD: As Eateries Struggle To Make Profit With Tech, Ghost Restaurants Open

The boom in food delivery apps available in San Diego has mushroomed exponentially the last several years. And, data shows they aren’t going away anytime soon.

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