Lara McCaffrey

Reporter

Email: lmccaffrey@sdbj.com
Phone: 858-634-4625 Extension: 3114

Recent Stories

Casino Is Changing Management and Changing Its Name

GAMING: Jamul Casino Reported to Be In Default on Loan

Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego announced earlier this month that it was transitioning management from Penn National Gaming Inc. to Jamul Indian Village Development Corp. (JIVDC). The transition means the casino’s name will change to Jamul Casino.

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Casinos Draw Players To the Other Tables

New Fresh, Flavorful and Foodie-Oriented Dining Options Play to Diverse Appetites

Many of the biggest San Diego County casinos are in various stages of large scale expansions and renovations. For some casinos, this means updated dining options that appeal to fast casual, gourmet, and chef-driven food trends.

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Sycuan Goes Extra-Mile for Transportation

Sycuan Casino revealed three new shuttle stops in March, as a part of the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) naming rights agreement for the Sycuan Green Line.

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Craft Beer Can Lose Identity in Expansion

BREWING: Brand, Story and Taste May Not Travel Well

The sale of San Diego-based Green Flash Brewing Co. may have come as a surprise to local craft beer consumers, but industry experts say it holds lessons for other brewers in understanding market forces and the complexities of expansion.

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Pot Tours Put Edibles, Education on Itinerary

TOURISM: Some Include Breweries, Pipe Production Site

Several cannabis tour companies have sprung up in San Diego County recently, filling a niche in the industry in an unexpected way.

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Parks Pick Their Strategies for Drawing Summer Visitors

TOURISM: SeaWorld Offers Thrills; Legoland Makes Hotel Stay Fun

SeaWorld, Legoland, the San Diego Zoo, and Safari Park San Diego theme parks have several new offerings lined up for the summer, peak season for these Southern California parks.

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Chula Vista RV Resort Approved

The Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners approved a new RV park on the Chula Vista Bayfront called Costa Vista RV Resort.

S.D. and Baja Leaders Convene in Mexico City

San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 13th annual Binational Delegation to Mexico City began Sunday.

Fox Rent A Car App Service Expands to San Diego

The FOXpress app allows consumers to make rental car reservations at any of Fox’s 20 corporate locations.

SeaWorld Could Face SEC Punishment

SeaWorld disclosed April 12 that it had received a Wells notice from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that recommended legal proceedings be brought against the theme park.

Exec Director Helps Brewers Guild Draw Crowd

BREWING: She Increased Membership, Built Relations With Tourism Groups

When Paige McWey, 31, first started at the San Diego Brewers Guild as executive administrator, she was handed all of the nonprofit’s most important files in a single box and a flash drive.

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Two S.D. Cos. Make the List of Fastest Growing Breweries

The list names only small and independent breweries that have their own production at their facilities.

Seaport Village Under New Management

The Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners has selected Protea Property Management, Inc. to manage and operate Seaport Village.

Southwest Launches San Diego to Newark Nonstop

The new flight is available seven days a week.

Convention Center CEO Nominated for International Association of Venue Managers Board

Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, San Diego Convention Center CEO and president, was nominated for the second vice chair of the board of International Association of Venue Managers.

San Diego AI Co. Collaborates on an Autonomous Cleaning Machine

San Diego-based Brain Corp and Tennant Co., a cleaning product company, have teamed up to create the T7 Micro-Rider floor scrubber.

Saffron Thai Expands to La Jolla

Saffron Thai’s La Jolla location is scheduled to open June at 1055 Torrey Pines Road.

Lufthansa Flight Is Latest Lift in International Passengers at SAN

AIRPORT: Officials See Frankfurt as a Key Hub For European Travelers

San Diego International Airport has few changes in its international flight offerings: German airline Lufthansa Group began a direct Frankfurt to San Diego flight starting March 22. Edelweiss, Lufthansa’s Swiss subsidiary, resumed its direct service between San Diego to Zurich between April 2 and Nov. 12. And San Diego will lose nonstop service to Mexico City in mid-May.

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Optimism Is Picking Up Steam on the Local Business Scene

ECONOMY: Low Interest Rates, Tax Reform Help Boost Confidence

San Diego businesses are feeling optimistic about the next six months, according to the San Diego Business Confidence Index. The spring 2018 results indicate a business confidence index (BCI) of 79 — that’s five points higher than the results of a similar survey taken in fall 2017.

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A Dining Model For Changing Tastes

FOOD: Passion, Place And Variety Serve Food Hall Operations

With the success of Liberty Public Market and three more food halls planned, San Diego is seeing an expansion of a nationwide trend that appeals to both consumers and the restaurant industry.

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New Car Rental Service Comes to S.D.

Rental car service Silvercar expanded its service to San Diego April 2.

Company to Provide TSA Precheck at Liberty Station

IdentoGO will be enrolling travelers in TSA Precheck out of its mobile RV at Liberty Station starting April 9.

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The Shoppes at Carlsbad Get Six New Tenants

The six new restaurants and retailers will begin arriving in May.

Green Flash Brewing Co. Sold

The news comes after Green Flash announced plans for consolidation.

Law Firm Launches Autonomous Vehicles Practice Group

Tyson & Mendes LLP launched the Autonomous Vehicles Liability Litigation practice group.

Omnitek Engineering Corp. 2017 Revenue: $1.1M

For the year, Omnitek reported $1.1 million in revenues compared with $1.3 million in 2016.

Rooftop Cinema to Debut at Manchester Grand Hyatt

UK-based Rooftop Cinema Club opens at Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego April 12.

Local Restaurants Added to Petco Park Dining Lineup

San Diego-based Buona Forchetta and Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill are part of the Petco Park food lineup beginning Opening Day, March 29.

Prepkitchen Gets a New Chief Culinary Officer

Award winning chef, Joseph Elevado, joins Prepkitchen as chief culinary officer.

State Treasurer Launches California Business Incentives Gateway

California State Treasurer John Chiang will introduce the California Business Incentives Gateway (CBIG) to San Diego businesses March 28.

Broker Brings Knowledge, Creativity to the Table

REAL ESTATE: He Finds Right Spot For Both Restaurant and Neighborhood

As Little Italy’s restaurant scene has exploded over the past few years, commercial real estate broker Nate Benedetto has played an active role in helping restaurateurs find the space for their concepts.

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Green Flash Brewing Co. to Consolidate Operations

The San Diego-based brewing company will close its Virginia Beach production brewery and cease distribution to East Coast markets.

Queenstown Bistro Opens at UTC

New Zealand Eats restaurant group adds another restaurant to its roster.

Tyson Foods to Sell Otay Mesa Based Circle Foods

Japanese food producer, Ajinomoto Co. Inc., will take over operations of Circle Foods L.L.C.

CDC Small Business Finance Wins National Microlender of the Year

San Diego based CDC Small Business Finance was awarded the Jody C. Raskin Microlender of the Year award by the Small Business Administration Administrator

San Diego to Frankfurt Nonstop Flights Begin

The inaugural flight from Frankfurt International Airport landed at San Diego International Airport March 22.

San Diego Bowl Game Association Gets New President

Del Lewis was named 2018 president and will preside over the SDCCU Holiday Bowl.

San Diego Habitat for Humanity Announces Merger with Local Nonprofit

San Diego Habitat for Humanity and local nonprofit Sustainable Surplus Exchange have announced a merger of their business operations.

Brian Malarkey Steps Down from the Hakkasan Group

The chef and restaurateur will instead focus on the company he co-founded, Puffer Malarkey Restaurants.

Design Institute of San Diego Awarded WSCUC Accreditation

WSCUC accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and makes a school eligible for federal funding.

Creating A New Dynamic in Dining

DINING: Kitchen Staff’s Fresh Role Chef-to-Table Concept

A new Italian restaurant, Maestoso, has begun offering a unique dining experience: chefs will both cook and serve guests their meals, a concept called “chef-to-table.”

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Goodwill Industries of San Diego Gets New CEO

Toni Giffin has been chosen as the new chief executive officer and president of Goodwill Industries of San Diego County.

San Diego International Airport Launches Retail Delivery Service to Gate

AtYourGate allows passengers the ability to order food or retail items via mobile devices to be delivered at their gate.

La Jolla Casino Taps Co. to Provide Management System

Win Technologies USA will provide a casino management system for the new La Jolla Trading Post Casino.

LEAD San Diego Gets a New Vice President of Leadership and Engagement

Elizabeth Fitzsimons named vice president of leadership and engagement.

Three San Diego Breweries Included on Top 50 U.S. Brewery Lists

Stone Brewing Company, Green Flash Brewing Company, and Karl Strauss Brewing Company were listed.

Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa Gets New General Manager

Noble House Hotels & Resorts appointed Michael Feeley general manager of the Mission Bay hotel.

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Chef-to-Table Restaurant Opens in Hillcrest

A new Italian restaurant, Maestoso, will offer a unique dining experience called "chef-to-table."

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