Mariel Concepcion

Reporter

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

Recent Stories

Port of San Diego to Launch Cruise Season, Offer New Cruises

This season, the Port of San Diego will have 104 cruise calls scheduled, up from 92 in 2018/2019.

An Appetite For Creativity

Basile Studio Pairs Various Genres To Create Original Dining Atmospheres

Morning Glory, Born & Raised, Raised by Wolves, Soda & Swine and Polite Provisions. The above-mentioned are not only some of San Diego’s hottest food and beverage spots.

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Nestle USA to Close National City Location

The site is projected to close by Dec. 31.

Chain Assembles Leadership Team To Move Eateries Forward

From Marketing to IT, Plan Is For Big Changes

Three years after filing for bankruptcy and being acquired shortly after by a private equity firm, San Diego-based Garden Fresh Restaurants LLC continues to ramp up its C-suite.

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United Airlines Opens San Diego Satellite Base for Flight Attendants

According to a press release, the new model will be available at San Diego International Airport.

Vuori Gets Boost With Recent $45 Million Investment

RETAIL: It Plans to Expand Store Footprint, Opens Carlsbad Office

Encinitas-based performance apparel brand, Vuori, has received a $45 million growth equity investment from Norwest Venture Partners, with offices in Silicon Valley, India and Israel.

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Searsucker Del Mar to Close

According to a WARN filing by Hakkasan Group, which owns Searsucker Del Mar, 43 employees will be laid off.

Restaurants Are Special Ingredient In Kearny Mesa Plan

PROPERTY: Businesses Envision a Live-Work and Play Destination

In the last three years, Kearny Mesa, specifically Convoy Street, has seen a surge in high-end restaurant openings.

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InterContinental San Diego to Launch Fourth Floor Rooftop

Layover will open Sept. 7 and will be located on the hotel’s fourth floor landing.

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Garden Fresh Restaurants Hires New Chief Marketing Officer

NIcole Bushnell formerly worked as VP of marketing at Luna Grill restaurants for the last four years, according to a press release.

Polestar Automotive Chooses San Diego as One of Its Markets

AUTO: The All Electric Polestar 2 to Be Sold in 2020 Starting at $63,000

According to reports, five percent of all vehicles sales in San Diego County are electric, and that number continues to grow.

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Sol-ti Found Way To Stand Out From The Juice Crowd

Unpasteurized Beverages Expected to Bring in 2019 Sales of $3.5M+

Sol-ti, an unpasteurized organic “living” beverage line stored in glass bottles, is available in stores like Whole Foods Market.

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Levitate’s Exoskeleton Handles Stress, Strain

MANUFACTURING: The System Supports Workers Doing Various Tasks

The product went to market in 2017 with its Airframe Exoskeleton, an upper body exoskeleton device.

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Right Team, Right Recipe and a Dollop of Social Media

Spreadable Granola Gets Boost, Shelf Space Thanks To Loyal Customers

While studying nutrition at UC Berkeley, Ali Bonar developed an eating disorder.

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‘Foragers’ Find New Products to Bring to Store Shelves

They Try to Match Community Tastes and Help Sales Promotions

Puesto to Open Craft Brewery, Third Location

According to a press release, the $8 million project was designed by Paul Basile of Basile Studio, and the brewery, which will focus on Mexican lagers, will be led by former Gordon Biersch head brewer, Doug Hasker.

CEO Spreads the Word on NuttZo

Retail: Self-Promotion Got Product in Spotlight

The nut butter’s journey from kitchen to big-box grocers is a tale of entrepreneurship, timing and — yes — love.

Two Roots Brewing Co. to Sell in BevMo!

According to Two Roots, this is the first entry in a series of nationwide expansion for the company’s non-alcoholic lager, IPA, wheat and seasonal styles.

Jamul Casino to Relaunch Loft 94

According to Eater San Diego, the Loft 94 will open in October.

Social Syndicate to Purchase Normal Heights’ Rosie O’Grady’s

According to a statement, Rosie O’Grady’s will remain the same Chicago-style neighborhood bar and will continue to feature live music and a vast beer selection.

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Local Craft Brewing Delivers $1.2 Billion In Economic Impact

Seen as Driving Force On Many Levels in the San Diego Economy

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Vacationers Can Find Healthy Habitat at the Inn at Moonlight Beach

Platinum WELL Ranking Earned After Being Tested In Seven Categories

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Vuori Gets Minority Investment

According to the release, Jon Kossow, managing partner at Norwest, will join Vuori’s board of directors as part of the agreement. No other terms were disclosed as of press time.

Port of San Diego Approves Lease for Costa Vista RV Resort

According to an August 13 press release, The Costa Vista RV Resort will be the first of a number of projects as part of the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan.

Food Trucks Brake For Craft Breweries

BREWING: Brewers Still Find Outsourcing Food Service Is Way to Go

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Theatre Box Opens 5th & Sky Rooftop Gardens & Lounge

According to a press release, 5th and Sky Rooftop Gardens & Lounge is a Japanese-style, 5,000 square foot open air Japanese-styled bar with views of downtown San Diego and the Coronado Bridge.

Wineries Rely on Clubs to Drive Traffic and Revenue

VINTNERS: It’s Not Just Grapes That Are Cultivated; Relationships Are Essential

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Sycuan Casino Resort Awarded AAA Four Diamond Rating

According to the press release, to be awarded a Four Diamond Rating, an establishment must be “upscale in all areas,” including accommodations, décor and furniture, restaurants, architecture and hospitality and service.

British Airways Holidays Will No Longer Sell SeaWorld Tickets

The announcement comes weeks after Virgin Holidays made a similar decision.

San Diego County’s Craft Brewers Produce $1.2 Billion in 2018 in Economic Impact

The third annual report was provided by the California State University San Marcos Office of Business Research & Analysis and the San Diego Brewers Guild.

Vegas Co. Finds Second Home in San Diego

HOSPITALITY: Pendry, Sycuan And The Del Won Over By Clique

Three years ago, Clique Hospitality, a Las Vegas-based restaurant and nightlife group, made its debut in the San Diego market.

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Carlsbad Connector Shuttle Service to Launch Aug. 19

The shuttle service, a partnership between the City of Carlsbad, North County Transit District and the San Diego Association of Governments, marks the first time such a program takes place in San Diego County.

Carlsbad Connector Shuttle Service to Launch Soon

The shuttle service, a partnership between the City of Carlsbad, North County Transit District and the San Diego Association of Governments, marks the first time such a program takes place in San Diego County.

Restaurant Generated Plenty of Buzz, But Not Enough Business

El Jardin Is Being Replaced By El Jardin Cantina

Last year, El Jardin restaurant, located in Liberty Station, was voted the No. 8 best new restaurant in the United States by Esquire magazine.

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Banana Jerky Co. Looks to Grow its Market Online and In Stores

Enthusiasm for Natural Foods Likely to Drive Sales

Banana jerky, made of dried organic, Non-GMO and Fair-Trade bananas, is disrupting the traditional beef jerky space.

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Brekki Breaks into Breakfast Business; Now Refines Packaging

Company Finds Less Expensive Manufacturing; Looks To Generate Buzz

Starting this month, Brekki LLC, a Carlsbad-based company that makes ready-to-eat, refrigerated overnight oats, will be available.

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The Inn at Moonlight Beach Awarded WELL Certification

A WELL Certification is awarded to properties that focus on “enhancing people’s health and wellness,” read the release.

Jack in the Box Reports Same Store Sales Increase 2.7% in Third Quarter

Lenny Comma, Jack in the Box's chairman and CEO, said the company has reached its targeted leverage ratio of approximately 5.0 EBITDA.

CH’s Venues Turn the Tables on Bland

DINING: Unique Environments Pay Off, Draw Crowds

Consortium Holdings, the San Diego-based social and culinary collective with 16 bars and restaurants throughout the county.

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QDOBA Launches Keto, Vegan and Double Protein Bowls

According to a press release, QDOBA is now adding a smoked brisket keto bowl, a grilled fajita vegan bowl and a chicken protein bowl.

San Diego Hospice, Others Form California Hospice Network

The non-profit organization’s mission is to “enhance their local delivery of exemplary patient care and end-of-life services,” according to a press release.

San Diego Melanin Found a Need for Networking, Activities

Organizer Saw Communities That Were Not Being Served

When Loren Cobbs relocated to Tijuana from Washington, D.C., a few years ago for a job in international affairs, she hoped a quick drive up to San Diego would fulfill her yearn to see more ...

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Unique Design, Licensing Deals Drive Watch Sales

RETAIL: Co.’s Materials Are Sourced From All Over the World

To pivot on a good idea is to come out with something better. These are the words that prompted brothers Ryan Beltran and Andrew Beltran to launch their watch company...

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El Jardin to Close and Reopen as El Jardin Cantina

Liberty Station's El Jardin will shutter its doors for four weeks and reopen on Aug. 28 as El Jardin Cantina, a casual Mexican food eatery.

NuZee Lands Co-Packing Deal with Kraft Heinz Co.

NuZee will prepare and package coffee by Kraft Heinz into a single serve pour-over pouch for sale under the Gevalia Kaffee brand.

Bike the Bay Looks To Build Cycling And Tourism

Roughly 50% of Riders Are Locals, 10% Are From Arizona

San Diego’s annual Bike the Bay fundraiser is a fun, casual and rare opportunity to go across the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and travel through five cities via the Bay Shore bike lane.

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Port of San Diego Selects San Diego Co. for Chula Vista Bayfront Path Construction

According to a July 29 press release, the construction contract was awarded to 3-D Enterprises, which had a winning bid of nearly $4.3 million, during a meeting held July 24th.

Southwest Airlines to Expand Service from San Diego to Hawaii

According to the release, more details on the additions will come in the following weeks.

Breakfast Eatery Adds a Side of Empowerment

Co. Gets Beer and Wine License, Has Smooth Opening

Breakfast B*tch, a breakfast and brunch restaurant located in Hillcrest, may have an expletive in its name, but it appears a little profanity isn’t keeping customers away.

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Margaritaville Island Resort to Open in San Diego

Davidson Hotels & Resorts, which currently operates Paradise Point Resort & Spa, will continue to manage Margaritaville Island Resort once renovations are completed, according to the release.