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Food Hall Route Fits the Times

DINING: Concept Is Less Costly, Provides Social SettingWhisknladle Hospitality, a La Jolla-based restaurant group, continues to expand its local food and beverage portfolio with innovative offerings.

San Diego’s Biggest Hotels Range From Bayside to Backcountry Venues

TOURISM: Forty Largest Hotels Are Not Cut From Same Cloth

This week’s list takes a measuring stick to San Diego’s hotel industry.

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Middle Eastern Fast-Casual Eateries Spice It Up

DINING: Inviting Atmosphere Seeks to Draw Younger Crowd

Nawar Simi felt Middle Eastern food, unlike Mediterranean food, was underrepresented in San Diego.

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It Was a Year of Great Catches

TOURISM: Sportfishing Fleet Sees Big Crowds, Long Season

The sportfishing industry in San Diego, which has long served as a magnet for tourism and an economic driver for the region, is in the midst of a boom.

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Carnival Miracle to Make 13 Homeported Journeys From San Diego

ECONOMICS: Cruise Line’s Local Impact To Reach $26 Million

Seven years since it last departed from the Port of San Diego, Carnival Cruise Line launched its winter schedule.

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Restaurateur, Investor Thrives in Times of Change, Challenge

LEADERSHIP: Diverse Pursuits All Lead Back To Great Work Ethic

San Diego businessman James Langley wears many hats.

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Executive Q&A: Jon Fredricks, CEO, Welk Resorts

Welk Resorts CEO Jon Fredricks is the grandson of Lawrence Welk, the television bandleader and host of “The Lawrence Welk Show” who founded the company in 1964.

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SpringBoard West Taps Into Music And Mentorship

Band Bootcamp Gives Artists a Learning Experience

SpringBoard West music fest was founded in 2012 and which takes place annually in Ocean Beach.

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Carlsbad Flights Connect Skiers to New Mexico Slopes

Region Has Both Outdoor And Cultural Attractions

Taos Air launched out of Taos Regional Airport last year by Taos Ski Valley Inc. in New Mexico, now offering direct flights.

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Jamul Casino Revamps Loft 94 Restaurant, Now Asian-Inspired

According to a press release, the upstairs terrace restaurant, now named Loft 94: Yakitori, Noodle, Craft, has new outdoor yakitori grills, new furnishings, craft cocktails and specialty noodle options like ramen and pho.

Smokin J’s BBQ to Open First Restaurant in San Diego

According to a press release, Smokin J’s BBQ will be located at 14053 Midland Rd. in Old Poway Village and will be open Thursday and Friday from 11am to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 8pm.

QDOBA Up for Potential Sale, Bloomberg Reports

According to a Bloomberg report, Apollo Global Management Inc. is exploring a sale of QDOBA Restaurant Corp. that could be worth up to $550 million, including debt.

Urban Plates Expanding as Revenue Reaches Nearly $54 Million

DINING: Vegan and Plant-Based Offerings Carefully Planned, Executed

Urban Plates is a chef-driven, fast-casual restaurant chain with 18 eateries and three in San Diego County.

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Cos. Find Giving Back Pays In Many Ways

Pure Project Uses 1% for the Planet To Connect With Causes

Boochcraft. Charlie & Echo. Mamma Chia. Everyday California. Pure Project brewing. These are a handful of the dozens of San Diego-based companies to join 1% for the Planet.

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Banjo Co. Executes at Home and Abroad

RETAIL: Company’s Passion Seen in Craftsmanship, Marketing

When it comes to dueling banjos, Deering is a heavyweight champ.

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