East Village Stories

Short-term rentals thrive in East Village

Longtime businesses dying — "It's like a ghost town down there now."

Is the demand for housing suitable to fill the thousands of rental units that have sprung up in downtown's East Village since the mid-2000s, and enough to sustain even more units currently under construction or ...

Tat shops take issue with hepatitis flier

"It’s spreading ignorance about the situation."

“My mom saw that [flier],” said Matthew Manroe, “and then she hit me up and asked if it was something that I was worried about catching [hepatitis A] from doing tattoos.” Manroe, 34, has been ...

A new addiction at the Nectar Room

The glowing corner of 14th and C

That Theresa Gunn. She is something else. I’ve just come reeling out of the Saville Theatre at City College where her students have been telling it like you can hardly believe it is. Performances of ...

Buyout talk at 10 Barrel

“It’s been good. We’ve been able to grow."

‘Yeah, some folks in San Diego gave us a hard time, but I think they’re over that now,” says Chris. The grumbling? 10 Barrel Brewing, the new brew pub at 15th and E, had ridden ...

Cajun/Creole in East Village

From time to time, alligator sausage makes an appearance

Between Emeril’s “Bam!” and the House of Blues chain Disneyfying the concept of a bayou restaurant, I’ve subconsciously come to expect all Cajun eateries in California to be in some way larger than life. Bud ...

We are forming teams of Paracletes to help homeless

Living Water Church of the Nazarene called to East Village

Living Water Church of the Nazarene Contact: 403 13th St #100, downtown San Diego; 619-942-3692; livingwaternazarene.com Membership: 45 Pastor: Chris Nafis Age: 33 Born: Santa Monica Formation: Azusa Pacific University, Azusa; Duke Divinity School, Durham, ...

Alpha Project opens its first restaurant

Pizza, pasta, panini, and programs

Oh, man. Two steps forward, one step back. People have had their hopes raised a lot for this end of East Village. First, Quartyard opened, was a raging success, then it closed. Then that sidewalk ...

Skydive dive

Indoor skydiving place has cafe for decompressing

It’s not what you expect to find next door to Father Joe’s, but right on the corner of 14th and Imperial you can now join the craze for indoor skydiving and then nosh on a ...

There goes the Neighborhood — past 10-year milestone

"What's worked for us is that we have a good draft system."

East Village gastropub Neighborhood turns ten this week. As the first business opened by the partnership now called Consortium Holdings, it laid the foundation that has become one of San Diego's most recognized hospitality groups, ...

So like Thessaloniki

I gobbled Groovy Greek grub before the Quartyard closed

"No-o! Not Quartyard! Say it’s not so-o!” The guy with the wailing voice was, uh, me. This was last week. I was staring down the line of lights of the bar near the doggy park ...

10 Barrel to be a 20-barrel operation

And Bud Light's marketing head among those licensed to brew there

It's new brewery season in San Diego. As many as six new operations are opening to customers in May alone. That includes the new brewpub 10 Barrel, which plans to close off a couple of ...

Civic San Diego considering new pedestrian plaza in East Village

Another parklet — but it doesn’t remove any parking spaces

Owners of The Patio restaurant group are hoping for approval from Civic San Diego of its application to build a 126-square-foot pedestrian plaza in front of its Harvest by the Patio eatery, at 369 10th ...

Year of the woman distiller

"These are things I know how to do."

A new spirits company debuted in East Village with the March 9th opening of the You & Yours Distilling Co. tasting room (1495 G Street). You & Yours is the brainchild of founder and distiller ...

More dog than biergarten

“Craft hot dog” chain lands in East Village

A new restaurant concept opened in East Village a couple months back called Dog Haus Biergarten. The Biergarten distinction is dubious — aside from a small amount of sidewalk seating, most of the place is ...

San Diego’s only certified kikizakeshi

She’s to sake what a sommelier is to wine

Does San Diego need another ramen bar? I wouldn’t have thought so. But East Village’s latest, BeShock, won me over for several reasons, not all of them having to do with ramen. Somehow the wide-eyed ...

New brewers for Blair brewpubs

Anniversary bottle release coincides with Cosimo Sorrentino's departure

November has been an active month for East Village's Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery. The small brewpub observed its fifth anniversary with a celebratory luncheon, issued its first ever bottle releases, and hired a new ...

Meet the sake master

“Drink out of the corner or you might get some...spill.” Too late.

Am I seeing things? Like, I notice a gal at the entrance of a crowded eatery, speaking Japanese, and giving elaborate bowing farewells to two customers. We’re near 13th and Market. A sign says “BeShock ...

Quartyard concept

Urban venue loses its space but finds its way

Good news: you get a 30,000-square-foot lot of prime downtown real estate to hold events. Bad news: the East Village property is so in demand that plans are afoot to plop a highrise on the ...

Time standing still in the East Village

MTS continues to troubleshoot clock at key transfer point

What time is it anyway? For commuters whose travels include a stop or a transfer at 12th Street and Imperial Avenue, time either stood still or twelve hours went by awfully fast. The clock tower ...

More beds for the homeless

"Our city has a vacancy rate of nearly zero," says Father Joe's president

Local homeless services provider Father Joe’s Villages is pushing to expand its capacity of permanent housing for homeless individuals to a total of 947 beds, the group announced on Monday (September 12). "A growing part ...

East Village's latest brewery isn't about IPAs

A Mainer brings English, Belgian styles to Knotty

The growing East Village beer scene gains another micro with the official opening of Knotty Brewing Co. on September 15. Knotty's small tasting room and five-barrel brewhouse are part of an overall expansion of the ...

East Village sign to hover over Tenth Avenue

"This is hard-scrabbling grassroots."

Downtown’s East Village will soon join the Gaslamp Quarter by having their own landmark community sign on Market Street, midblock between 10th and 11th. On July 27, East Village Association members met at Tod Firotto’s ...

San Diego's homeless murders and the $1.5 million All-Star subsidy

Perfect storm for city hall politicos spending tax money on Major League Baseball

The best laid plans of lobbyists and politicos may come to naught as next week's Major League Baseball All-Star game arrives, with an alleged serial homeless killer on the loose, and San Diego cops scrambling ...

A shrimp taco at the Market Hall

Greed is good

This was where I learned to appreciate the humble carrot. It started simply enough. I was heading along Market past that cool newish condo tower Strata, when I came across this sign: “Café Now Open.” ...

A sushi bar without the bar

Super fish and not much else at Tokyo Deli

Sushi fanatics on a tight budget in SD have been lining up at one of three Sushi Deli restaurants for years, expecting to dig in to some reasonably good fish at reasonably good prices. So ...

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