Jay Allen Sanford 9:45 p.m., May 19
A quarter century is a long time—especially in the restaurant industry, and especially in San Diego’s eats scene. Definitely something worth celebrating, and a business that’s hitting the big two-five will be doing just that. Downtown’s Sevilla (353 Fifth Avenue)—formerly known as Café Sevilla when it was at its original location on Fourth—has a month’s worth of special events slated for October.
Those events are wide-ranging, but similar in that they will all celebrate Sevilla’s Spanish roots. A Flamenco Night that also includes a trio of fashion shows will kick things off on October 5. Flamenco dancers will return on October 16, this time with belly dancers in tow, for a “Gypsy Night” featuring a special menu prepared by newly hired executive chef Paul Bauer. Bauer’s culinary chops will take center stage on October 10 when he debuts potential dishes off Sevilla’s upcoming revamped menu. The schedule is rounded out by wine and cheese pairings, an industry night, and an October 28 afternoon event where a drawing for a trip to Spain will take place.
Few local eateries can boast this business' longevity. Over the past 25 years, Sevilla has added locations in Riverside and Long Beach, and estimates the combination restaurant and night club has served more than half-a-million dinner show-goers and two million diners, resulting in sales of one-and-a-quarter-million servings of paella and well over two million sangrias.