North Park Stories

Photographs for Valentines' Day

The Bootylicious shoot is popular.

“Curves are in, and I am going to work on making those curves look delicious.”

Shiloh Spiritual Center

Roxie Hart grabs the truth wherever she can weave it in.

Contact: 3288 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego 619-640-2020; Membership: 50 Pastor: Reverend Roxie Hart Age: “Young enough to enjoy life and old enough to know I really want to.” Born: Oakland Formation: Holmes Institute, ...

Top tier beer in Solana Beach

Pizza Port's eldest brewpub on par with San Diego's finest breweries

I write about beer and food. As anyone who's really invested in these mediums might guess — hell, as anyone who has ever had any good beer and/or food would suppose — I am privy ...

Popular street food finds a permanent home, for the moment

Don Pepe literally moves his tamale cart into a new storefront

It's not likely Don Pepe loaded up his first tamale cart thinking his name would echo through San Diego lore as a street food legend. Then, it's equally unlikely his pursuit of the American dream ...

"Eternal Spring" open at Low Gallery

North Park gallery's first show of 2014 centers on life and rebirth

Low Gallery’s new show, “Eternal Spring,” opened with an artists’ reception and live performance on January 17. The ongoing show features work from Portland-based photographer, Colin Manning; LA visual artist and psychic, Marcella Kroll; and ...

Coal-fired pizza and craft beer, the happy hour way

Saving some dough by dining early at the otherwise-spendy URBN

Show up at North Park's URBN pizza restaurant on a Friday night after 7 and here's what you'll see: beautiful well-dressed people stacked at the bar, waiting to be served by beautiful people, and creating ...

Another venue, made-up term for Modern Times

Point Loma brewery opening North Park tasting room

Does the name “North Park Flavordome” sound good to you? Probably not without a little context, but when one considers it follows in the footsteps of the “Lomaland Fermentorium,” that crazy moniker makes a little ...

Alleged masterminds behind North Park–based sex-trafficking ring release hit single to raise money for defense

Art describes life.

KEEPIN’ IT REAL IN NORTH PARK — On January 8, U.S. attorney Laura Duffy unsealed federal indictments against 24 defendants, alleged members of a sex-trafficking ring based out of San Diego. The alleged crimes took ...

Seitan, dumplings and donuts in North Park

New vegan spot replaces the city's one-taco-shop-too-many

The area around 31st and University in North Park has seem some unusual transformations over the years — an old church added a rock venue (The Irenic), a bank turned into a 7-11, and now ...

North Park gang members indicted for sex trafficking

Murder, kidnapping, involved, says U.S. attorney

An indictment was unsealed today, January 8, charging 24 North Park gang members and their associates wth running a racketeering conspiracy involving cross-country sex trafficking of underage girls and women as well as murder, kidnapping, ...

Cold Weather Comfort Food in a Warm Weather Town

Soup season means long waits at local specialty shoppe

The mildly cold days of winter descend on San Diego as early as November some years, forcing us to don knit beanies and hooded sweatshirts for as many as two or three evenings in a ...

High concept sandwich shop aims for the sweet spot

Good ideas and ingredients would benefit from a little less sugar.

Fusion's not a difficult a culinary concept to embrace. Combining the flavor profiles of unrelated global cuisines makes for a great narrative — just as appealing to bored young chefs as to bored young foodies. ...

2013’s Most Anticipated Projects

Did new brewery venues live up to the hype?

One of the biggest parts of my job as a beer journalist is keeping up on work-in-progress brewing companies looking to come online throughout the county. The current number of upcoming breweries I’m monitoring is ...

2013’s Fastest-Growing Brewing Companies

There was no shortage of evolution this year

The number of brewing companies opening around the county in 2013 was unmatched, and so too was the number of new facilities opened by existing brewing companies. The following is a list of the most ...

2013’s Most Improved Breweries

Kicking off the year in review with beery betterment

Last week, I shared my opinion that Saint Archer Brewery just may be the most improved brewing company in San Diego over the last year. That assessment led me to the idea that I should ...

Burger King on El Cajon Boulevard exits North Park

“Yay! Bring on healthier, more community oriented businesses!”

You won't “have it your way” anymore from Burger King at 2829 El Cajon Boulevard. It's closed down. The building and parking lot are now surrounded by a chain-link fence. A request by the Reader ...

"Fast Forward" opens at Low Gallery

New group art show experiments with a sense of scale, but also caters to space- and budget-challenged collectors

“Fast Forward,” a new group art show at North Park’s Low Gallery, opens Friday the 13th with an artists reception from 6-10 p.m. Following that, the show will remain on display through January 14, 2014. ...

Arby's coming to North Park — with drive-thru?

Sign is placed, then removed, on construction fencing

At the beginning of November, demolition began on the two tiny boarded-up studio-sized homes on the corner of Gunn and 30th streets in North Park. Construction fencing went up around the former Saint Luke’s Episcopal ...

Hang a flag for rock and roll

El Cajon Business District to honor San Diego musicians with its new banner project. Beryl Forman marketing manager for the district, says she’s had no trouble getting local musicians involved.

Shopping guide for Small Business Saturday

San Diego's best local shopping spots

I worked in retail as a teenager. Holidays were hell — long lines, grouchy customers and insane messes to clean up. I haven’t set foot in a mall on Black Friday, or within the month ...

"Post-Pop" opens November 15 at Low Gallery

New show at North Park gallery explores the play of light and color through artistic collaboration.

A new show, “Post-Pop,” opens at Low Gallery (3778 30th Street) in North Park on Friday, November 15. The show is a collaboration between painter, Sean Brannan, and sculptor Jonathan Entler, curated by Meegan Nolan ...

North Park's F Street adult store property up for grabs

Available for $1.8 million

The F Street Adult Video & Gifts property at 2004 University Avenue in North Park is up for sale. It's located just west of Pecs Bar, at 2046 University Avenue. The North Park property is ...

Developer presents design concept for AT&T building

Finally, a plan for unsightly North Park property

The long-empty ATT/PacBell structure at the northeast corner of Texas Street and Howard Avenue in North Park has been a magnet for homeless people and taggers ever since it became empty. The nonprofit Community HousingWorks ...

First look at Waypoint Public

No, it isn't just the Linkery again. Here's why.

Everybody has been talking about Waypoint Public (3794 30th Street) since rumors first spread that the Bottlecraft people, and other partners, would replace the failed Linkery. Contrary to the UT’s assertion that it opened “quietly,” ...

Coin-Op opens in North Park

New 30th Street watering hole replaces Hubcap, combines strong beer and vintage video games for beaucoup Gen-Y fun.

There must be something in the air, because exciting new bars and restaurants have been opening up left and right all over uptown San Diego. Coin-Op Game Room (3926 30th Street) might be the most ...

Best of Beer Week: November 3

Suggestions for closing out the first weekend of San Diego Beer Week

Chargers vs. Redskins Sour Brunch: The Chargers appear to be on the right track. Catch this case of lightning in a bottle along with glass after glass of tart, tasty sour beer from a board ...

Best of Beer Week: November 2

Reboot and get your fill of San Diego Beer Week seconds

San Diego Originals: In the beginning, there was but a handful of fledgling operations bringing craft beer to locals. For one day, beer bar The High Dive will celebrate those innovators with special beers from ...

Tommy's Tex-Mex comes to 30th Street

North Park restaurant specializes in flour tortillas and Texan tacos

For some people, Tex-Mex food is too gringo-fied, too Taco Bell. For others, it’s a chance to eat soft tacos wrapped in flour tortillas and topped with shredded cheese. That second group of people will ...

The Local to go the brewery route

Crafty eatery and drinking hole entering brewing arena

Popular watering hole The Local Eatery and Drinking Hole (1065 Fourth Avenue, Downtown) is working on establishing its own brewery. A an early adapter to the craft beer model, The Local regularly serves a long ...

Blood, Sweat, and Spit: Memories of Adams Avenue Theater and the Rock Palace

A quarter-century after the concerts at Adams Avenue Theater and the Palace, a blogger imagines an entryway streaked with the scuff of Doc Martens and cigarette butts; blood, sweat, and spit in the hall; the pit, swinging fists and bodies, a stage bomb, a swan dive from the balcony...

Ain’t Misbehavin’ at San Diego Musical Theatre

Some definitions: Harlem Renaissance: a flourishing of African-American art centered on, but not exclusive to, Harlem. Begun in the 1920s, it included writing by Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, and innovative music by Duke ...

North Park water tower makes National Register

Historically significant “Tin Man” turns 90 next year

North Park’s big green water tower — officially designated as the University Heights Water Storage and Pumping Station, even though it's located south of El Cajon Boulevard (on Idaho Street, north of Howard Avenue) — ...

Blockbuster Video goes bust in North Park

Parent company has closed over 1000 stores

North Park's Blockbuster Video, at 2011 El Cajon Boulevard, is closing down forever. Signs at the North Park store indicate the entire inventory is being liquidated. Parent company Blockbuster LLC was acquired by Dish Network ...

Top 10 on tap

Updating the brewing projects I’m most excited about

Earlier this year, I shared the local brewing projects I was most highly anticipating. Most of them (Pizza Port Bressi Ranch, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station, Benchmark Brewing Company, Hess Brewing ...

El Cajon Boulevard Coco's to become a 7-Eleven

Local business improvement association is not pleased

The former Coco's Bakery Restaurant location at 2644 El Cajon Boulevard will become a 7-Eleven store. According to Margaret Chabris, director of corporate communications with 7-Eleven, Inc., in Dallas, they will construct a new 3010-square-foot ...

Soda, swine, ice cream & beer

Beer floats traditional and avant garde at Soda & Swine

I’ll admit it. When I heard the founders of Neighborhood, Craft & Commerce, and Underbelly were opening a place where the menu would be revolve around meatballs and apple pie, I had my doubts. Meatballs…good. ...

North Park coffee roaster gets San Diego's first parklet

Caffe Calabria pays for revamping of parking spaces

The city's first parklet was officially dedicated August 23, at 3933 30th Street in North Park. It's in front of Caffé Calabria, which paid for construction and will do all the maintenance. The parklet was ...

An update on the Aztec empire

Vista brewery closing out year dos with new beers and ambition

At nearly two years of age, Aztec Brewing Company (2330 La Mirada Drive, Suite 300, Vista) is one of the elder statesmen in its North County municipality, which is home to eight operating brewhouses with ...

Decision in Sherman Heights Walmart case could spell trouble for opponents of North Park Jack in the Box

Recent ruling finds Walmart misrepresented proposal. However, too late for mitigation to take place.

One is a large box store in Sherman Heights. The other is a Jack in the Box fast-food restaurant in North Park. Both have sent the City to court for allowing them to build outside ...

Will sale of lots in North Park relieve transient problem?

Former hair salon site occupied by homeless campers

The long-empty lot on the southeast corner of University Avenue and Louisiana Street is for sale again. The .21-acre property comprises two separate legal parcels, located at 2305 and 2307 University Avenue. Asking price is ...

Polite Provisions' Ocean Side

While Noble Experiment is the worst kept secret among San Diego saloons, its sister ship, Polite Provisions, has a number of secrets yet to be discovered. “Here at Polite Provisions,” says bartender Aaron Zieske, “we’re ...

Grace Ann Piano brings visual story of indigenous cultures to Queen Bee's

Detroit native takes her solo exhibition to Queen Bee's Art & Cultural Center in North Park.

Another Pair of Restaurants Changing Hands

The Linkery to become Waypoint, Downtown Johnny Brown's a brewpub

A few months back, I contacted restaurateur Jay Porter to see if he’d like to have himself and his businesses spotlighted for a chef feature I was working on. To my surprise, he wasn’t interested. ...

Local Habit & Vagabond selling, Brabant coming

Two resto sales and a new, beery Belgian identity for one of them

Since opening two years ago, locavore lair Local Habit (3827 Fifth Avenue, Hillcrest) has gained a reputation as one of San Diego’s beeriest eateries. That reputation came on the back of numerous meet-the-brewer dinners, pairing ...

Jeff Olson, the Mad Chalker

Writing’s on the wall. Graffiti or free speech?

Jeff Olson, prosecuted by San Diego city attorney Jan Goldsmith for writing chalk graffiti on the sidewalk outside a Bank of America branch in North Park.

Rodzilla Reviews

Don't be a jerk to the waiter.

A restaurant employee offers blunt tips for diners who are annoying.

A look inside Hess Brewing North Park

Local nanobrewery favorite ascending to next level with second facility

Even with craft beer available in the many restaurants dotting 30th Street and its bar- and eatery-packed cross-streets, North Park residents are salivating over the upcoming arrival of a long-awaited project touching down in a ...

Beer of the Week: Thorn St. Imperial IPA

India pale ale speaks to North Park brewery's improvement and updside

The first time I visited Thorn St. Brewery (3176 Thorn Street, North Park), I was enamored with the place. A former homebrew supply store that’s been converted into a brewery with indoor and semi-outdoor tasting ...

Brandon Madrid and his art guitars

North Park artist turns vintage objects into guitars, but he also builds high-end instruments worthy of art galleries.

DJ/engineer buys run-down North Park building

Yeah, it’s got high, open-beam ceilings

Nestled between URBN Coal Fired Pizza and the empty old F.W. Woolworth building in North Park sits a building that last housed the Windmill Thrift Shop. After it closed, the structure, owned by a Los ...

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