Midway District Stories

Street-dumb phone stuck in the past

Consider this the formal goodbye to State Route 274

Motorists traveling northbound on 805 out of Mission Valley into Kearny Mesa may have recently noticed something covered up on the green freeway signs indicating the Balboa Avenue exit. Covered over in mismatched green is ...

Raze the arena?

On October 6, reporter Joe Lewis filed a report on 10News about the Valley View Casino Center. Lewis quoted the mayor of National City, who six years ago said, “The facility is in terrible condition ...

Modern Times flows into coffee

A "pleasant diversion" turns into something 1000 percent larger.

An artisanal approach to coffee isn’t limited to roasting or dripping method. The same creative impulse that dry hops or grapefruit put into beer can drive third-wave coffee purveyors to seek out ways to embellish ...

Arabs and Jews alike

Vegetarian and vegan heaven on Midway Drive.

Whew. Hot day out here on the La Playa Trail. La Playa Trail? Just the oldest commercial trail in the Western United States. ’Course we know it as Rosecrans Street. I notice this li’l historical ...

Modern Times & Half Door Hiring

Brewery and brewpub posting up help wanted signs.

Working at Stone Brewing Co., a business that regularly has between 50 and 100 job postings up at a time, I am intimately aware of how many employment opportunities exist within our burgeoning local brewing ...

Sex Pistols salute

The Super Bowl halftime show got close to punk with the once-revolutionary Red Hot Chili Peppers. The founder of local Sex Pistols salute Rotten Johnnies maintains that all threatening rock eventually becomes safe. “If enough ...

Inside Veterans Village cold-weather shelter

Some call it "the Nut Hut"

The Veterans Village of San Diego cold-weather shelter, located at 2801 1/2 Sports Arena Boulevard, is designed to be a refuge for veterans who are on the street and need a bed for a while ...

Phil’s BBQ upping beer game

Sports Arena location to reopen with expanded beer options

Though San Diegans logically think of succulent, sauce-slathered meat at the sounding of the words Phil’s BBQ, the minds behind the business aren’t singularly focused on ‘cue. Phil Pace and company also harbor a devotion ...

Desi N Friends rings of a ’90s sitcom

Writer Chad Deal gets drunk under the table with Fireball shots by a 90-some-year-old woman in a wheelchair.

Wreckers’ haul wrecks Wrex the Halls

Attendees to events at the Valley View Casino Center (Sports Arena) frequently park offsite, where their cars are frequently towed, resulting in $300 fines. Arena operator Ernie Hahn says it’s egregious the way tow trucks line up after events begin.

All Things BBQ: Phil's

Any survey of San Diego’s barbecue scene would be woefully incomplete without considering the juggernaut of local ‘cue: Phil’s BBQ. (3750 Sports Arena Boulevard) Phil’s needs little introduction. The restaurant’s website runs a webcam so ...

Cage the Elephant gets honest with their music

Interview with Brad Shultz of Cage the Elephant, who recounts the story of his brother eating a fish taco in San Diego and his face “swelled up huge.” Not bad fish, just a clogged salivary gland. His bro “squeezed it out.” Eww, gross, amirate? LOL!

Pho Point Loma & Grill: the OG Midway noodle shop

Point Loma Vietnamese restaurant offers sharp service and killer beer specials.

Here’s the text of the recommendation that came in for Pho Point Loma & Grill (2788 Midway Drive): “Dude! Goooood!” Yeah. That’s five o’s of good. With a sign that obscures the surrounding night sky ...

Traffic violation sends Lexus driver to jail

Outstanding felony warrants

A traffic stop on September 26 at around 4 p.m., in the parking lot between Target and Ross on Sports Arena Boulevard, ended up sending a driver to jail for felony warrants. As I drove ...

All shook down

Shakedown club booker Josh Barnes goes independent because new owner Anilee Griffin has changed the way things are done too much.

Stalled car backs up traffic in Midway District

Gets bumped to safety by SDPD

At around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7, a Toyota sedan ran out of gas and stalled along Sports Arena Boulevard., near the corner of Midway Drive. As traffic backed up in the Midway District, ...

Vets’ shelter to remain open in Midway District until July

Mayor Filner appropriates funds from budget surplus

On Tuesday, April 22, the San Diego City Council voted to keep open the homeless veterans’ tent shelter at 2801 Sports Arena Boulevard. The shelter, a 150-bed facility for homeless vets that usually operates from ...

RV residents chased from Sports Arena parking lots

Unwelcome at beach and inland

As authorities in beach areas and on Shelter Island have been cracking down on prolonged parking of motor-homes, some of those RV residents have migrated to the Sports Arena area’s parking lots. However, businesses — ...

Another water pipe break in Midway District

No businesses flooded

On Saturday morning, February 9, a broken water main flooded streets in the Midway District. An aged pipe burst and made for a messy and congested effort to access the Rosecrans Street freeway entrances between ...

Midway District’s Heritage Inn explosion unrelated to meth

Burn victims were processing pot

What was first thought to be a meth-lab explosion at the Heritage Inn in the Midway District on the morning of January 30 is now being reported as a different sort of drug-related disaster that ...

Mall cops chase off unwanted habitués of Glasshouse Square

Parking and begging problems alleviated

As recently as last summer, Glasshouse Square Shopping Center, located in the Midway District, was home turf to many shelter-challenged individuals. Many customers and patrons were turned off by the presence of vagrants who would ...

Palm Patrol gathers downed fronds in Midway District

Road hazard eliminated

What many locals refer to as the “Palm Patrol" was out in force on Thursday morning, December 27, scouring the streets of the Midway District and Ocean Beach for palm fronds that litter the streets ...

Two water-pipe breaks in two days in Midway District

Early morning and Sunday traffic lessen impact

The weekend before Christmas 2012 was not kind to water pipes (or traffic) in the Midway District. Two incidents of burst pipes and localized flooding occurred: one along Sports Arena Blvd on Saturday, December 22, ...

Bieber tickets lead to police action in Midway District?

Handcuffed woman asks for help

San Diego police descended on the Stonewoood Gardens apartments, located on the 3800 block of Midway Drive (where it intersects with Sports Arena Boulevard), early on the morning of Wednesday, December 19. Four police cars ...

Sprucing up the Arena — that's a wrap

Photographer Rick Gould’s ’70s concert photos were made into art for the interior of Sports Arena.

Storage Wars host Dave Hester spotted at Kobey’s Swap Meet

YUUP! he was fired, but unfairly, he says

One of my favorite TV shows is called Storage Wars, and I like to go down to Kobey's Swap Meet at the Valley View Casino Center (Sports Arena) to look for the collectibles I like ...

Midway shopping center’s spiky trees with soft name

Some people at the Vons shopping center at 3645 Midway Drive are puzzled by an odd-looking tree that is growing along the driveway behind Fantastic Sam's. Some mistakenly identified it as an avocado tree. This ...

Extreme Value Retailer to Open…Soon

A chain-link fence, lots of scaffolding, and a face-lift now separate would-be shoppers from the soon-to-open Point Loma Grocery Outlet in Midway Towne Center. "Point Loma Grocery Outlet is coming!” read a recent company Facebook ...

Stuck Truck in Midway District

An enormous moving truck was stuck in the Point Loma Villa condos’ driveway in the Midway District on Friday morning, November 9, at around 11:00 a.m. Heavily laden with household items, the T & R ...

Street Dip Stops Moving Van

U-Haul drama occurred on October 13 at around 10:00 a.m. as an Arizona-license-plated moving van got stuck in the street near the 4400 block of Mentone Street in the Midway District. The steeply inclined dip ...

Water Main Break in Midway District

Trying to find a parking spot in the Midway District's Loma Square strip mall is difficult even on a good day, with businesses such as Starbucks, Einstein's Bagels, and Jamba Juice occupying storefronts. But there ...

Bicyclist Run Over in Midway District

On September 7 at around noon, a man riding a bicycle was hit and run over by a delivery truck in the Dixieline Lumber driveway at 3250 Sports Arena Boulevard. Police responded by blocking off ...

Circus Protest on Sports Arena Boulevard

Protesters were back in the Midway District again, but they weren’t there to stand up for gay rights or the personal views of Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy. This time protesters were upset about the Ringling ...

Car Crashes Inside Point Loma Laundromat

Several customers washing or drying their clothes at the Point Loma Coin Laundry were lucky to have avoided tragedy on August 11. A silver Kia slammed through the glass window at around 5 p.m. A ...

Embers Out, Las Olas Rolling to Midway District?

The long -shuttered Embers Grill, previously located at 3924 West Point Loma Boulevard in the Midway Towne Center, is being remodeled for a new tenant. While shopping in the area recently, I noticed construction activity. ...

No Kiss-In, Lots of Chicken at Restaurant Protest

The Midway District Chick-fil-A location had a long line of customers waiting to eat when I arrived for lunch at 11:00 a.m. on August 1. It took at least one hour to get inside to ...

Buy Chicken, Enjoy Kiss-In at Restaurant in Midway District

Chick-fil-A, the low-key fast food restaurant located at 3570 Sports Arena Boulevard, may get some undesired attention on Wednesday, August 1. Gay-marriage proponents, upset over the stance that Chick-fil-A CEO Dan T. Cathy took on ...

Suspect Stabs Then Goes to Rob Pills from Walgreens

A 34-year-old man was arrested at the Walgreens store located at 3005 Midway Drive early Saturday, May 5, after he allegedly stabbed another person in the head at a nearby apartment complex. The suspect also ...

Gas Pipeline Ruptured in Midway District

A gas leak snarled lunchtime traffic in the Midway District on May 1. As police and fire department personnel blocked the area off, safety officials ordered brief evacuations of the Sports Arena Home Depot store ...

Native Plants Create Wildlife Haven in Midway District

Signs of a native spring can be found in the vacant lot on the corner of Kenyon and Kemper streets in the Midway District. According to a sign posted at the site, the San Diego ...

Power Outage Looters Hit Walgreen’s in Midway District

During the September 8-9 power outage, the Walgreen's drugstore located at 3005 Midway Drive had their front door smashed in and an estimated $400 worth of cigarettes stolen. Pieces of broken glass littered the pavement ...

Natives In, Nonnatives Out of Famosa Slough

A project to remove nonnative trees and plants around the perimeter of Famosa Slough's eastern edge has been completed. Gone are the palm trees, eucalyptus, and other invasive plant species that threatened the biological integrity ...

Bicyclist Clipped near Famosa Slough

Bike riders are commonly seen riding along in the Midway District. For those residents without cars or who wish to not leave a carbon imprint, getting around the Midway business district is as simple as ...

Beat the Clock at Du-par's Restaurant & Bakery

Oh, man. That smell. That barbecue smell, reaching out and pulling you in by the nose. It’s coming from Phil’s BBQ, right past the sports arena. Even now — it’s early evening — streams of ...

John Wayne is on my plate

I pull up to the line where "occasional" vendors purchase a spot, and am greeted with a "got a sellers permit?" by a less than enthusiastic employee of the swap-meet. After securing a space, I ...

Teen Driver Backs into Car, Killing Elderly Man

The traffic-related death of a 77-year-old man in the early hours of July 7 has caused much sadness among his acquaintances in the Midway District area. According to a story on Channel 10 news, police ...

Point Loma Shopping Center Loses Another Tenant

Loma Square Shopping Center is losing another tenant; in recent years, large spaces leased by Circuit City and a discount shoe store have gone vacant. The Everything a Deal clothing store at the intersection of ...

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