Harry’s Bar and American Grill, a staple at University Towne Center for more than a decade and a popular gathering spot for local business leaders, will be relocating to Bankers Hill in 2016.
A spokeswoman at the restaurant confirmed that Harry’s will be leaving the space at 4370 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite 150, after its current lease expires, and operators expect to relocate to a Bankers Hill space, likely on Fifth Avenue near Nutmeg Street.
An exact new street address and moving timetable were not immediately available. Harry’s owner and general manager Garo Minassian was not available for comment.
Harry’s operators were apparently not able to agree on renewal terms on a lease with the restaurant’s landlord, The Irvine Company, at its UTC office complex known as The Plaza. The Irvine Co. website indicates that the 5,060-square-foot space currently occupied by Harry’s is available for showing as of Jan. 1.
According to CoStar Group, Harry’s has leased its current space since April 2003.
“Harry’s is winding down operations at The Plaza, and we want to thank them for their long tenure of serving UTC customers,” said Irvine Co. spokesman Bill Lobdell in a statement.
Lobdell said Irvine Co. has recently made extensive investments at The Plaza, including construction of a new building that will soon house the upscale Red O restaurant, on the former site of Donovan’s. The Plaza also recently added a new Scripps HealthExpress clinic, with an outdoor lake and commons enhancements in the works.
“We will share more details in the first quarter of 2016,” Lobdell said, referring to plans for the Harry’s site and other portions of The Plaza.