Twenty-five years after he opened it, George Scolari is selling his "office" on 30th Street. The new owner, Daniel Sobarnia, will shorten the Scolari's Office name to the Office. Sobarnia did not comment about his plans.
Across the street, construction of 200 new condos will be completed soon. A salesperson for the La Boheme development says they're selling about ten units a week (for up to $540,000 each). New tenants will move in by September.
Scolari's tends to serve older retirees in the day and a much younger crowd at night. Live bands started on weekends five years ago. As one of the few venues in town that doesn't charge a cover, patrons and musicians are wondering if the place will change much.
"When we moved here [a year ago, from Las Vegas], that was one bar my friends told me to play in San Diego," says Jackson Milgaten of the Vision of a Dying World. "I like it that the stage is small, and it's dimly lit." Because there is no cover, bands are paid from the bar receipts.
Donny, who books most of the bands at Scolari's, says, "We don't know what's up, but as far I know, everything will be the same." The business is expected to change hands within 30 to 40 days.