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Come 2013, the owners of The Lion’s Share (629 Kettner Boulevard, Downtown) will be playing the part of Mufasa, hoisting up the new heir to their kitchen’s throne among the colorful wildlife adorning their Marina District restaurant's dining room. Filling the role of Simba in this scenario will be Scott Mickelson, a chef with experience working at The Grand Del Mar who some will remember as the toque who opened Prepkitchen’s Little Italy location. He has been absent from the scene since suffering a debilitating foot injury, but is eager to get back in the game.

Mickelson’s arrival comes on the heels of former executive chef Jacob Rodriguez (formerly of Café Chloe and El Take It Easy) deciding to leave The Lion’s Share after only a few short months at the helm. Rodriguez was part of the restaurant’s opening crew, serving as the right hand to original exec Lhasa Landry. Together, they composed a menu that made them fast darlings among San Diego foodies. When Landry parted ways with The Lion’s Share’s ownership, Rodriguez took over and, for the most part, maintained the upscale game-centric bar bill of fare they put in place.

The fact that they are both gone means, essentially, The Lion’s Share will be a whole new restaurant. Or at least it has the opportunity to be, should that be what the Mickelson and his bosses decide. The menu is a work-in-progress at present, but this will for sure be a place to keep an eye on in the New Year.

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