East Village Stories

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Parkside property in East Village gets Amplified

When two-headed business Halcyon Coffee and Stella Public House launched in a new East Village construction in 2014, it created one of the best outdoor drinking spaces in all of downtown. Its perch overlooking Fault ...

The case for fresh pasta

Sauces include local ingredients and vegan options

Back in the 18th and 19th centuries, Italian master chefs would hone their culinary arts in France, then return to cook for aristocratic households in Naples and Sicily, plying French techniques with Italian ingredients and ...

So how's the beer?

Visiting 10 Barrel a year later. Was it worth the fuss?

It’s been a year since Anheuser-Busch subsidiary 10 Barrel Brewing Co. opened its controversial, multimillion dollar, East Village brewpub amid an epic troll battle with local craft breweries, beer media, and fans. That made me ...

Quartyard II aims for East Village's sweet spot

If you build it, will they come...again?

By the time you read this, Quartyard II should be up and running. That’s what they promised. But I’ve been wandering past this replacement location at 13th and Market in East Village for months, chafing ...

Dockless bikes and hepatitis

They put them in the furniture zone

Representatives from three of the dockless bikeshare companies attended an East Village Association meeting at the San Diego Central Library on March 8. Dockless bikes are a relatively new experiment in San Diego, but their ...

Birdman of East Village

They’re not pets

Has anybody seen the Birdman of East Village lately? Okay, that’s just what I call him. I met Victor Vasquez, 53, taking his three birds: Sydney, 30 years old, a medium sulphur-crested cockatoo from Papua ...

Unlimited toppings for $10!

Aspirations for that 30-story East Village tower

"J ó étvágyat!” says Zorka. It means “Bon appetit,” in Hungarian, she says. She’s from Budapest. We’re sitting in this brand-new, two-week-old pizza-and-salad joint, in East Village. Man, I’ve been waiting for this place to ...

Pacific Beach's high crime problem

"Police are doing the best job they can under impossible circumstances."

Pacific Beach continues to be one of San Diego's highest crime neighborhoods, according to new stats released by the San Diego Police Department. Public records indicate the beachside entertainment hotspot ranked in the top five ...

Hard-caught MTS bus out of East Village

New schedule implemented January 28th catches riders unaware

A host of new changes took effect on the bus lines of the Metropolitan Transit System on January 28th. Several routes were eliminated, with MTS noting in a monthly bulletin that you could still get ...

One-man band in East Village

"He makes the dough, adds everything, puts it in the oven."

I’m on the Orange Line. Where I get out at Park and Market in the East Village, a whole gang of kids is sitting on the railings goofing off, hanging out, clacking skateboards. And behind ...

Meat on the radar

It’s rare that a steak isn’t cooked exactly to order at a steakhouse

Call it economic anxiety, call it freelancing for a living, but for whatever reason this past year, my fine-dining experiences were limited to a handful of special occasions. When you spend more money than you’re ...

Music venue bloom

Breweries, Moose Lodge, and don't forget about Quartyard 2.0

Oceanside, San Diego County’s third largest city, has seen a boom in the opening of music venues. Three breweries — Midnight Jack, Black Plague, and Legacy — now host bands on a regular basis. Co-founder ...

Mission Brewery's growth acceleration plan

Fundraising campaign offers a look at financial disclosures

East Village beer-maker Mission Brewery counted 43 investors when it launched a fundraising campaign on crowdfunding website WeFunder.com on Monday, October 2nd. Four days later, Mission had added 130 new investors to its ranks, and ...

Solution for 12th & Imperial clock problem

Transit center in Old Town also needed time management

When folks heading for the 12th & Imperial Transit Center would look up at the southeasterly face of the four-sided clock tower, the face visible from 13th Street and National Avenue, it would read 8:45. ...

Halcyon brings on the fun

The Stella Public House space now full of games

At least one San Diego coffee shop features a ping pong table. The Halcyon coffee shop experienced a game reimagining in September. Since opening, the Texas based business has shared real estate with a sister ...

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 ...

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