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Stephen Dobyns 8:30 a.m., July 20
Leroy’s Kitchen & Lounge is finally open.
It’s an upmarket replacement to Coronado’s popular Beach’n Diner (1015 Orange Avenue, 619-522-6890), and after a conversion of many months quietly started serving meals a few days ago for a soft opening.
Hans, a well-known Coronado musician, says come on in. But this is an assignment for Naomi, and her famous taste buds
Gone is the outside deck. Now it's 100 percent inside, and yes, with a more exclusive, rico suave vibe.
Looks like a mid-level casual but not cheap place, specializing in sophisticated cocktails and locovore eating.
Local sourcing - for food and beer - is big selling point
Interiorhas a woody, northwest feel. Lunch entrees run from $12 to $17. More expensive at night
Bar keep Kim pours a Bloody Mary ($12). Counter companion Garrett looks on. Original cocktails, with names like "The Beastly Bramble" (rye/cassis/basil, $12), are a big deal here.
Likable Leroy Mossel and his cousin David Spattafore have built up quite a collection of restaurants around the Crown City, including Village Pizzeria, Lil’ Piggy’s Bar-B-Q, and the wildly successful MooTime Creamery ice cream parlor.
One of these gents is Leroy Mossel
Guess the question is: is this place going to be too expensive for the notoriously tight-fisted Coronadans?