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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.

Two powerhouse entrepreneurs who've revitalized communities in San Diego's downtown core via fresh, outlandish urban hospitality concepts are conspiring to breathe life into yet another heretofore unheard of venue. It's a combination bar and restaurant...in a church. The Bradley-Wollman St. Cecilia Chapel at 1620 Sixth Avenue will be converted into a gathering spot equipped with communal tables and a bar situated right where the altar used to be. Looks like Cortez Hillers' prayers for a top notch nightlife spot have been answered. With a best of San Diego selection of local craft beers and food sourced from local purveyors, going to church will seem more palatable than ever. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to say about a million hail Marys for that last sentence.

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