Bob McPhail 6:31 a.m., May 19
As the close of 2011 nears, my attention is already turned to 2012. There are tons of new restaurants, businesses and developments ready to break in the New Year. Many are still under wraps with the people behind them not ready to talk until all of the details surrounding their ventures have been finalized. Others would like to shout everything from the rooftops, but just don’t have enough info to give. Each day this week, I’ll provide you all that I can on five exciting happenings in the local hospitality industry to whet your appetites for the year to come.
Cinépolis, a chain of luxury movie theaters over 200-strong that originated in Mexico and has since touched down in 10 countries, debuted in the US via Del Mar Highlands Ranch last year. In 2012, they’ll add their second San Diego County location when they take over the former La Costa UltraStar Cinemas at 6941 El Camino Real in Carlsbad. Renovation of that facility will require a great deal more than signage updates and adding a new layer of carpet.
Cinépolis’ seating is composed of individual recliners featuring swiveling trays, lamps and buttons to summon wait staff who are at-the-ready throughout each showing to deliver an array of food items ranging from popcorn, hot dogs and candy counter mainstays to sushi, pizzas and short ribs. Also on the menu, a full bar including cocktails, wine and craft beer as well as coffee drinks brewed up at a barista station. Looks like there’ll be more satiation than expected at next year’s screening of The Hunger Games.