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Rubio’s Caters to Florida’s Tastes

DINING: Marketing Sells the Food Rather Than the Eatery’s StoryCall it a tale of two coasts. In California, the marketing for Rubio’s Coastal Grill has long leaned on the story of co-founder Ralph Rubio getting hooked on fish tacos while on a Baja camping trip in 1974, and later giving the U.S. its first taste of the fare in a walk-up stand in Mission Bay.

By Jared Whitlock August 17, 2017 2:02 p.m.   $$ Share

Mission Valley Joe’s Crab Shack Among 40 Nationwide Closings

Joe’s Crab Shack recently closed its restaurant in Mission Valley, among at least 40 abrupt closings carried out nationwide since early August by the struggling chain amid bankruptcy proceedings.

By Lou Hirsh August 22, 2017 4:11 p.m. share »
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San Diego International Airport Passenger Traffic Rises 5.3%

Passenger traffic at San Diego International Airport rose 5.3 percent from a year ago for the January-to-July period, topping 12.5 million, according to the latest monthly numbers from the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.

By Lou Hirsh August 21, 2017 3:16 p.m. share »

Region’s Hotel Revenue Up 6.7% for First 7 Months of 2017

San Diego County hotel revenue rose 6.7 percent from a year ago in the first seven months of 2017, topping $1.69 billion, as the region continued to post strong numbers for its peak summer tourism season, according to the latest monthly data from research firm STR.

By Lou Hirsh August 21, 2017 3:15 p.m. share »
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Blackstone Group Refinances Hotel Del Coronado

Unable to sell off Hotel del Coronado last year, owner Blackstone Group has instead decided to refinance the iconic property.

By Lou Hirsh August 18, 2017 12:53 p.m. share »

Business Calendar for Week of August 21, 2017

Some of the business events planned in the county for the week of August 21, 2017, and beyond.

By Steve Adamek August 18, 2017 12:44 p.m. share »

New Carrier Launching Direct Flights Between Carlsbad, Las Vegas

Locally based commercial carrier Cal Jet by Elite Airways plans a Sept. 28 launch of service between Carlsbad and Las Vegas.

By Lou Hirsh August 16, 2017 3:01 p.m. share »
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Golf Legend Johnny Miller Signs On for Redesigns at Warner Springs Ranch

Operators of Warner Springs Ranch Resort have signed a deal with pro golf hall-of-famer and broadcaster Johnny Miller and his namesake course design firm for upcoming improvements to the North County property.

By Lou Hirsh August 14, 2017 4:59 p.m. share »
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Operator Completes First Phase of $7M Renovation at Bristol Hotel

Operator Greystone Hotels has completed the first phase of a planned $7 million renovation at its downtown San Diego property, known as The Bristol San Diego.

By Lou Hirsh August 11, 2017 12:56 p.m. share »

Business Calendar for Week of August 14, 2017

Some of the business events planned in the county for the week of August 14, 2017, and beyond.

By Steve Adamek August 11, 2017 12:44 p.m. share »
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Construction Starting on Retail Center, Hotel at Millenia

Developers have slated an Aug. 15 ground-breaking for the Millenia Commons retail center and a 135-room Ayres Hotel, being built at the Millenia mixed-use development in Chula Vista.

By Lou Hirsh August 11, 2017 12:11 p.m. share »

San Diego County Hotel Deal Volume Rose 70 Percent in First Half

San Diego County’s hotel property deal volume rose 70 percent from a year ago in the first half of 2017, as transaction dollar volume increased 54 percent, according to a mid-year report from brokerage and research firm Atlas Hospitality Group.

By Lou Hirsh August 10, 2017 1:21 p.m. share »

AlliedPRA Acquired by N.Y.-Based Private Equity Firm

San Diego-based business event management firm AlliedPRA has been sold to CI Capital Partners LLC, a New York-based private equity firm.

By Sarah de Crescenzo August 9, 2017 1:24 p.m. share »
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SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. Names New CFO

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc., the parent company of SeaWorld San Diego, announced the appointment of Marc G. Swanson as chief financial officer and treasurer, effective immediately. Swanson had been serving in these positions on an interim basis since Aug. 1.

By Steve Adamek August 8, 2017 1:25 p.m. share »

SeaWorld Parent Reports Rough First Half Despite New Attraction Openings

Still struggling with attendance issues, the parent company of SeaWorld San Diego reported a slight gain from a year ago in revenue for its second quarter ending June 30, but posted a net loss for both the second quarter and first half of 2017.

By Lou Hirsh August 8, 2017 10:18 a.m. share »

San Diego Ranks Fourth Among Meeting Destinations in Annual Survey

San Diego ranks fourth among major North American markets as a destination for meetings, in an annual survey of meeting planners by research firm STR.

By Lou Hirsh August 7, 2017 11:10 a.m. share »