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Stadium vote: "challenging but winnable"

The passing of a new Chargers stadium ballot measure next year will be "challenging but winnable," according to a study by the National University System Institute for Policy Research. The Republican-Latino coalition that put the ...

Get me into the ballgame

New security measures delay entry into Padres home opener

Walk-through metal detectors, electromagnetic hand wands, and other new airport-style security measures led to confusion and a slower-than-usual entry for thousands of fans at the Padres’ annual home opener April 9. New security and screening ...

Quartyard’s other eatery

The Quartyard Bar has scads of nosh and quarts of beer

The Quartyard is going great guns. It’s the empty lot that students from NewSchool of Architecture & Design have turned into a social gathering place for East Villagers. See Tin Fork for review of S&M, ...

Sausage party at the Quartyard

Sustainable pigs!

Shipping containers, Porka-cola, 'roo sausage, and downtown denizens brought to the 'yard.

Pop-up BBQ pops up downtown

Don Ellis brings his BBQ roadshow to Mission Brewery

I smelled it first: BBQ. Then, as I crossed 14th Street, a block from the ballpark, I saw the flare of flames bursting up from a gas cooker on the night sidewalk. It was right ...

Say Goodbye to Kensington Video

The Kensington-Talmadge Community Association is throwing the Hanfords a send-off party in honor of their 50 years. Scott Marks, San Diego Reader film critic, will discuss what the store has meant to San Diego film ...

East Village: Contain yourself! Your temporary town square's almost ready

Meshuggah Shack first to open in Quartyard

“Ring for kisses,” says the red bell at the counter. “See how it feels.” Oh, I see: The "See how it feels" bit is talking about the tip jar. Still, the bell sets the atmosphere. ...

Eat this sandwich with a knife and fork

East Village breakfast a good mess

There are many ways to make a sandwich — infinite variables, you might say. But there's really only one or two ways to eat one, right? You either eat it with your hands, or eat ...

Beer Touring: Half Door Brewing Company

In the house at East Village’s new, homey West Coast-Irish hybrid brewpub

When I first visited Half Door Brewing Company, it was still being constructed. There was a protective wall around the site, the outer veranda had no floor, and the interior was sheet white, showing zero ...

Taxpayers on $271 million Petco hook

With Chargers deal hanging fire, city council privately votes to battle ballpark claw-back

As mayor Kevin Faulconer's task force works on a stadium financing plan to keep the Chargers from leaving town, the San Diego City Council is fighting a court battle to hang on to $271 million ...

City's Secret: Happy hour even students can afford

The Hive's stellar cellar atmosphere rocks on Friday nights

This is where professors come to start affairs with their students. Okay, kidding. But it's easy to imagine. This dive called The Hive sits right across the street from City College. It has a kind ...

Superfoods for a healthier new year

Paying the price for eating better in East Village

Pretty much every New Year of my adult life, I've resolved to eat better. Of course, each year the idea of what it means to eat better changes, depending which nutritional study has prevalence. The ...

Two new stages

A new venture called Quartyard will take over two-thirds of a downtown city block and present live concerts May through October. Attendees will be served by a full-bar, beer gardens, and food trucks. Quartyard is ...

Squeaky cheese?

Poutine means "mess"

She looks like Renée Zellweger. Wait. Maybe she is René Zellwegger. Maybe the real Renée got sick of the movie life and paid another chica to come out to the cameras after the “facelift,” pretending ...

Quartyard courts the Village

Disruptive architecture grads setting up "experiment in flexible temporary urbanism" on vacant lot

Pork sandwiches and beer in a garden in an empty downtown lot? And next to them, a folk concert tent next to a farmer's market next to a play park for your dog next to ...

Best beer futures: Part II

The rest of the county’s most exciting upcoming brewery projects.

On December 18, I shared the top five most intriguing upcoming brewery projects in San Diego County. The following are the seven that fill out the dozen top brewery-owned works in progress. 6. Project X ...

Half Door swinging open soon

The Field’s upcoming offshoot East Village brewpub project a family affair

It’s easy to typecast. You hear a tenured local restaurateur has purchased an East Village property in which to install a brewpub for his son to brew at and his daughter to manage, and you ...

Coffee & Tea Collective teams with a juicer

East Village continues to attract specialty coffee shops. On November 12, North Park’s third-wave torchbearer Coffee & Tea Collective announced it would be opening a second location in early 2015, at 631 Ninth Ave. Technically, ...

Manic about organic

Gastro missionaries almost convert with a sweet potato longboat and cashew cream.

"Become totally manic about organic. Get your healthy on. Super foods for super humans!” Uh-oh. Back in the land of the super-healthy again. It’s incredible. Healthy is busting out all over. This cute place with ...

Coffee break? Take your time!

Slo-ow coffee inching into East Village

What is up with East Village? Every time I look, a new place has "Now Hiring" signs in its window. We've seen Común and Bottega Americano opening to mucho fanfare (and success, looks like. Last ...

East Village — craft coffee neighborhood?

Bean Bar and their custom Spirit are part of a new crew downtown.

Speaking to local roasters and baristas, I keep hearing the same assessment: third-wave coffee in San Diego has lagged way behind the Bay Area and cities such as Austin, and (especially) Portland. But, they like ...

Ob-la-di, Ob-la-baba-ghanoush

Ian had a little lamb before seeing the Walrus.

I had just enough forethought to book reservations at Mezé the night of the Paul McCartney concert at Petco Park — and it was a good thing I did, because the sign posted above the ...

First taste at Bottega Americano

Euro style, Euro timetable at new multi-station food stop.

The Italian word bottega carries a sort of double meaning. It can simply mean a shop (like the more commonly known Spanish bodega), or refer to an artist's workshop. Americano, of course, refers to something ...

Bursting to go in East Village

Ed visited Bottega Americano just before its soft open

Huh. Door's open, a bit. Squeeze through. Oh man. This is spacious, but busy. Bars everywhere, huge white pizza oven dome, communal tables kinda winging out from it, sit-up seafood bar beyond, schools of cute ...

Library book, book, book, book

A San Diego Opera preview concert with young singers.

The book, the book, the book, the book, the book.” Believe it or not, someone was singing about “the book” at the Central Library. That someone was Jennifer Wu, and it was awesome. The Central ...

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