Plant Power to Double Locations

Revenue Up from $1.1M in 2017 to $14.5M in 2020

Plant Power Fast Food, the Escondido-based vegan fast food chain with eight locations, plans to nearly double its number of stores as well as its revenue by 2022.

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Historic Oceanside Building Becomes Boutique Hotel

REDEVELOPMENT: Transformation of 133-year-old Structure Especially Challenging

Transforming a 133-year-old building in downtown Oceanside to a trendy boutique hotel has proven especially challenging.

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Hyatt Regency La Jolla Gets Makeover

HOSPITALITY: New Look Gives UTC Hotel More Contemporary Feel

The Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine in UTC has a whole new look, courtesy of a $10 million renovation recently completed that is meant to give it a more contemporary feel inside and out.

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“Say Their Names” Memorial Exhibit Opens July 10

Located at the M.L. King Promenade at the New Children’s Museum Park, the memorial features 200 photos of Black victims whose lives were lost due to racial injustice.

Tourism Begins Rebuilding Process

Spring 2021 CSUSM Business Confidence Index

Tourism and hospitality is on the rebound, but it may take up to two years to achieve pre-COVID levels. That’s the view of 93% of people who responded to a recent survey.

Baker Tilly Taps New Managing Partner

ACCOUNTING: Firm is One Of 10 Largest Nationally

Baker Tilly US, one of the largest accounting firms in the country with a presence in San Diego, has appointed Thomas Bennett as managing partner for the firm’s Orange County and San Diego markets.

The Busalacchi Group Plans Expansion

Little Italy-Based Restaurant Co. to Open Fourth Location by End of Year

The Busalacchi Group, founded in 2008 and with three food places in Little Italy these days, is planning to expand.

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Junya Watanabe Learns the Tricks of the Trade

Founder of The RakiRaki Ramen and The Yasai Adds His Own Spin on Japanese Recipes

Before opening the first The RakiRaki Ramen restaurant in Kearny Mesa in 2011, Junya Watanabe was a fashion designer.

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USD Students Take Honors in Real Estate Competition

EDUCATION: Real-World Skills Needed to Maximize an Opportunity on New Alderaan

A team of five Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) students from the University of San Diego School of Business made a very strong showing in the 2021 ARGUS University Challenge.

Burnham-Moores Center Names Scholarship Recipient

EDUCATION: Alexander Allione Receives Award Given in Memory of Daniel Woodruff

The Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at the University of San Diego School of Business presented Alexander Allione with the Daniel B. Woodruff Memorial Scholarship in April.

School Testing

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San Diego’s Pharmatech Laboratory and Diagnostics, Inc. announced last week that with many public schools returning to in-classroom learning, it was piloting a COVID-19 testing program with the Jamul-Dulzura Union School District.

77 Area Restaurants Awarded Grants

Jasmine Seafood Restaurant, StreetCar Merchants Among Grantees

Seventy-seven single unit restaurants in San Diego County have been awarded grants up to $3,500 as part of California Restaurant Foundation’s Restaurants Care Resilience Fund.

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Cathedral Catholic Welcomes First Female Principal

The Diocese of San Diego has named the first female principal in the 65-year history of Cathedral Catholic High School: Marlena Conroy.

Baker Tilly Taps New Managing Partner

Baker Tilly LLP has appointed a new managing partner to lead the firm’s Orange County and San Diego markets.

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Dr. Allen Chan Serves the Community

RESTAURANTS: Jasmine Seafood Restaurant Founder Feeds and Fundraises

When Dr. Allen Chan opened Jasmine Seafood Restaurant in 1994, the initial drive for the then practicing chiropractor was simply his longtime desire to one day own and operate a food place.

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