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It's been several months since the owners of La Jolla's Trattoria Acqua chose to close their long-standing seaside eatery rather than give in to increased rent and contractual obligations from their landlord.

Rather than let it vanquish their restaurateuring aspirations, they used the past several months to work on implementing a concept they've had in mind for some time: a come-one-come-all mid-city eatery offering neighborhood folk and visitors alike a farm-to-table dining and shopping experience.

After touring properties located in several up-and-coming SD communities, Michael and Victoria McGeath fell for a corner space at the base of a multi-use building on Goldfinch Avenue, just off Washington Street in Mission Hills.

Now, after interviewing several chefs, they've fallen for a young yet experienced chef straight out of the Downtown scene. His name is Tyler Thrasher, and over the past several years he's been a member of the kitchen staff at the Gaslamp's Oceanaire Seafood Room. Prior to that he spent some time at the Hotel Solamar's Jsix. This will be his first executive-chef post.

Brooklyn Girl opens in late autumn.

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