Mariel Concepcion

Staff Reporter

Email: mconcepcion@sdbj.com
Phone: 858-277-6359 Extension: 3114

Recent Stories

Ballast Point Opens Brewpub in Anaheim's Downtown Disney District

According to a press release, the brewpub, which offers more than fifty styles of beer, marks the first time a brewery has opened at Downtown Disney District.

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Best Buy to Close La Mesa Store

According to a WARN filing, 26 full-time employees and 38 part-time employees, for a total of 64 people, will lose their jobs as a result of the closure.

AtYourGate Tests Its Wings At Other Major Airports

A year after officially kicking off at San Diego International Airport, the locally based in-airport food delivery service, AtYourGate, continues to expand.

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Consistency Cements Customer Retention

DINING: Restaurant Group Knows Each Visit Counts

For co-owner and Executive Chef Brad Wise and his Trust Restaurant Group, things have been moving rather fast.

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Co. Must Fix Airplanes And Mistakes to Survive

TRAVEL: Competitive Market, Pilot Shortage Add to Woes

In its long story yet thus far stunted trajectory, California Pacific Airlines, the commercial service carrier owned by 97-year-old entrepreneur Ted Vallas, has had nothing short of a bumpy ride.

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San Diego Second Most Popular Destination in California for Airbnb in 2018

According to a press release, the collective income for San Diego-based hosts was $213 million in 2018, coming in second after L.A.'s $613 million.

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BRG Consulting Appoints Christina J. Willis as President

Willis will replace Erich Lathers, who remains with the firm as Principal Planner.

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Restaurant Group Looks to Stand Out, Blend In

DINING: Personal Service Key Part of Delivering Community Concepts

For Brendan Huffman, the purpose of all Social Syndicate restaurant group’s properties is simple: provide genuine, good old-fashioned hospitality.

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NTC Foundation Names New Board Chair

According to a press release, Stipanov will replace Lori Fleet-Martin, who held the position for the last two years.

Founder’s Vision Pairs With Pricing Strategy for Sunglasses Success

RETAIL: Co. Also Taps Millennials’ Willingness to Cut the Cord to Brands

When Adam Moyer lost his last pair of expensive sunglasses — Ray-Bans that ran him about $150 — the then UC San Diego graduate art student decided to take matters into his own hands.

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Pala Casino Appoints New CEO

On Jan. 6, Buro sent a letter to his Pala employees, in which he introduced himself but also acknowledged what he has observed his first week on the job.

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San Diego International Airport to Move Some Airlines' Operations

Alaska Airlines, which operates more than 45 daily departures from Terminals one and two, will consolidate and operate solely from Terminal Two East.

New Food Options Look to Flourish in S.D. Neighborhoods

New York City, New Orleans and Los Angeles are usually touted as some of the country’s top food cities. But, with more and more restaurants and food and beverage options in the county, San Diego is giving them a run for their money — and their foodies.

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Brewing With International Flavor

Kairoa Brewing Co. is slated to open later this month in the University Heights neighborhood — right beside the UH sign, to be exact. The 10,500 square foot, two-floor space will serve house and guest beer, a full food menu as well as over a dozen wine options. In a nod to the founders’ home-base, New Zealand, Head Brewer Joe Peach will utilize New Zealand hops to create its beer.

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Tasty Additions to Sycuan’s $260 Million Expansion

As part of Sycuan Casino Resort’s $260 million expansion, the San Diego venue is set to open a new restaurant and a lounge: Bull & Bourbon Steakhouse and Elicit Bar & Lounge.

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Creating Experiences Takes Team Building on New Adventures

WORKFORCE: Activities Look to Bring Out Bonding, Team Spirit

Ax throwing. Team sports. Charity bike building. Culinary competition.

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SeaWorld San Diego to Add New Dive Coaster Attraction in 2020

The coaster will be located next to the Journey to Atlantis in the southeast corner of the park, where a parking lot currently resides.

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City Council Votes to Ban Styrofoam Use in San Diego

The ordinance, authored by Councilmember Chris Ward of District Three, places restrictions on single-use plastics in the county.

National University System Adds Northcentral University

According to a news release, it is the National University System’s first doctoral level program.

Craft Brewery Closures Don’t Spell Doom for Sector

2019 Look Ahead: Tourism & Hospitality

Just last month, Benchmark Brewing Co. was on the verge of selling its operations following an eviction notice from its landlord.

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Jack in the Box Extends Deadline to Add Two New Directors

The original deadline to appoint the members was Jan. 8 but was moved as part of ongoing discussions with investors Jana Partners LLC to explore “strategic and financing alternatives to maximize shareholders value.”

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Rego Restaurant Group Names Tim Casey CEO

Casey previously served as president and CEO of PepperJax Grill and as president of QDOBA Mexican Grill. Prior, he was vice president at Starbucks Coffee Company.

Restaurateur’s Success Serves as Example

DINING: Intricacies Span From Managing to Menu

The sun is shining on Rise & Shine Restaurant Group … now. A decade after opening his first restaurant in Pacific Beach, founder and owner Johan Engman today owns over a dozen restaurants throughout Southern California.

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With Millennial Support, Distillers Craft Their Plan

2019 Look Ahead: Tourism & Hospitality

A search on the San Diego Distillers Guild website indicates there are approximately 15 craft distilleries as members in the county. According to the American Craft Spirits Association 2018 annual report, California leads in the number of craft spirits distilleries in the country with 156, up from 148 the year prior.

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Hospitality Sector Looking For Big Win in Beach Games

2019 Look Ahead: Tourism & Hospitality

After winning a three-year bidding war that included a host of American cities as well as seven countries, San Diego will host the inaugural Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) World Beach Games October 2019.

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For Council Brewing Co., It’s Closing Time as Tastes Change

Just seven months after opening its second location — a tasting room in Santee — Council Brewing Co., founded in 2014 and headquartered in Kearny Mesa, has officially — and sadly — closed.

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Benchmark Brewing Looks To Make Necessary Changes

Following a close call with eviction, San Diego’s Benchmark Brewing Co. will remain open, for now.

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San Diego Padres Promote Erik Greupner to President of Business Operations

Greupner, who joined the club in December 2010 as Vice President, General Counsel, had served as Chief Operating Officer for the Padres since November 2016.

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S.D. Coffee: Wake Up, And Smell the Profits

A couple of years ago, Jay Ruskey, a seasoned California farmer, tapped San Diego to grow high-end coffee that he and his team believe will sell for around $15 a cup.

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California Pacific Airlines Suspends Carlsbad Operations Due to Pilot Shortage

According to a press release, impacted cities include Carlsbad, San Jose, Reno-Tahoe, Las Vegas and Phoenix-Mesa.

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Kimpton Solamar Hotel Names Justin Gentry as General Manager

Gentry joined Kimpton Solamar Hotel as director of rooms in 2013.

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San Diego Museum Council Hires New Executive Director

Miller-Coleman is set to start in her new role starting January.

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Accessory Co. Tries to Stay Step Ahead of Devices

RETAIL: Carriers, Cases Both Protect and Stylishly Promote Products

It was the combination of a padded postal envelope and a pricey laptop that inspired Ethan Nyholm, founder and global CEO of STM Brands, to design his very first laptop bag back in 1998 while attending college for business marketing in Sydney, Australia.

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Benchmark Brewing Signs New Distribution Contract

Thanks to its attorneys, according to Benchmark co-founder, Rachael Akin, the brewery will be able to remain in its headquarters, hopefully at least until the contract runs out in seven years.

Table Games: Del Frisco’s Bets Big On Its Steaks

2018 Newsmakers

On Nov. 3, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse at the waterfront InterContinental San Diego hotel opened its doors. Despite joining the buzzing downtown area, which is saturated with nearly a dozen other steakhouses, business at the 16,650 square foot, $10 million, two-story restaurant is “as good as projected,” said a spokesperson.

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California Pacific’s Flight Plans Put to Test

2018 Newsmakers

After attempting for a decade to get the privately held commercial service airline off the ground, Ted Vallas’ California Pacific Airlines finally launched with its inaugural flight Nov. 2 out of Carlsbad’s McClellan-Palomar Airport.

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City Will Have to Revisit Short-Term Rental Issue

The city of San Diego in 2018 finally addressed the issue of short-term rentals only to have that progress upended by opponents.

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San Diego Has Second Lowest Unemployment Rate Among State's Metro Areas

San Diego’s third quarter unemployment rate came in at 3.2 percent, down from 3.7 percent in the second quarter.

Pacific Plastics Injection Molding Acquired by Diversified Plastics Inc.

All Pacific Plastics employees, including all of its C-level executives, will remain post-acquisition.

Local Owners Are Hands-On With Crafting Version of Queen Bee Market

Fun fact: Did you know that the Queen Bee Market, the bi-annual two-day shopping event that features handmade items from more than 100 local and national artisans and is held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, is owned by two San Diego-based sisters?

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Senior Living Co. Taps Forbes’ Program To Upgrade Its Service to Luxury Level

Kisco Senior Living doesn’t want to be the traditional, medical-facility-like convalescent home.

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Jack in the Box Exploring Possible Sale

The Board of Directors, management and legal team and financial advisers have yet to make an official decision as to which direction the company will go in or what timetable it is considering, but the company did say it has had discussions with potential buyers.

San Diego International Airport to Close Economy Lot

According to a press release, the closure will make way to a brand new employee parking lot as a result of the loss of the existing employee parking due to construction of a new stormwater infiltration system.

For Burger Lounge, Product and Preparation Should Only Make It Look Easy

The acronym is K.I.S.S. Or, “keep it simple, stupid.” But, simple doesn’t necessarily mean easy. Just ask Burger Lounge’s President and CEO J. Dean Loring.

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California Pacific Airlines Adds Spare Aircraft to Carlsbad Operation

According to Ryan DiVita, the company’s director of sales and marketing, the airline will also add a spare aircraft, to be parked at Carlsbad’s McClellan-Palomar Airport, starting at the end of the year as a precaution for the future.

Baked in the Sun to Close

According to a WARN filing, the company will be permanently closing starting Jan. 26, leaving 211 without jobs.

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. Says DOJ Ending 'BlackFish' Probe

According to the SEC filing by SeaWorld, the U.S. Justice Department notified the company that it has decided not to take actions against the company.

San Diego Strike Force, Pechanga Arena Announce Indoor Football League Arrival

According to a press release, the San Diego Strike Force will play at the Pechanga Arena San Diego, formerly known as the Valley View Casino Center, beginning in late February, when the 2019 IFL season launches.

Entrepreneur Won’t Let Eco-Opportunity Go to Waste

Last year after a holiday dinner, Marina Qutab’s father asked her what she hopes her legacy would be.

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San Diego Economic Surveys Find Optimism Holding Fast

ECONOMY: Craft Beer, Tourism and Overall Picture Remains Bright

Although big beer has been lurking around the craft beer neighborhood lately, it seems the latter isn’t too worried about the presence of the former just yet.

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