No plans for Valentine’s Day? Señor Grubby’s has you covered with their second annual Los Lonelies $1 tacos and draft specials event.
Señor Grubby’s will hold our 2nd Annual ‘Los Lonelies’ Valentine’s Mixer to Benefit ‘Urban Surf 4 Kids’, taking place on Friday, February 14, 2014 from 7-10pm, and featuring silent auctions to raise money & awareness for ‘Urban Surf 4 Kids’.
Señor Grubby’s, who we believe serves the best fish tacos in Carlsbadistan, is located at 377 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad 92008. Follow the jump for all the official details. [click to continue…]
Carlsbad’s own Hot Dog On A Stick has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection in US Bankruptcy court according to a release from the company. The restaurant chain has 93 locations and according to CEO Dan Smith, many of the leases on those locations were signed at the wrong time.
“Like many mall-based businesses, HDOS signed some very expensive leases during the booming economy of the mid-2000s,” said Dan Smith, CEO. “In addition, declining mall foot traffic over the past several years has had a negative impact on sales at most company locations. We’ve been pursuing new leases in all locations and the Chapter 11 filing will allow us to do so in a more effective manner. The mall business is built around the relationships and partnerships between tenant and landlord. We want to be in malls where the relationship is positive and the partnership is mutually beneficial.”
The company says they will continue operations as usual during the restructuring so don’t worry about missing out on that dog or lemonade. For the official word from Hot Dog On A Stick, follow the jump.
Carlsbad is getting a new vegetarian, fast-casual, chain restaurant when Veggie Grill celebrates their grand opening on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 965 Palomar Airport Road (in the Northeast corner of the Costco parking lot). The new location (in the mini-mall where Pat & Oscars used to be) will be the company’s 23rd restaurant and they’re giving out a few gift cards to celebrate the opening.
. . . the restaurant will thank every guest in line between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Jan. 22 with a $20 Veggie Grill gift card. Additionally, one lucky guest chosen at random will win “Veggie Grill for a Year.” . . . “Consumers are more aware of the nutritional benefits of clean eating than ever before and they’re looking for dining options offering delicious food they can feel good about,” said Greg Dollarhyde, Chief Energizing Officer for Veggie Grill. “The support from the San Diego community has been instrumental in our mission of giving guests a new way to eat well and engage in an active lifestyle.”
We’re not fans of chain restaurants nor fast-casual order-at-the-counter spots, but all-veggie food is all good (plus they serve “locally-produced craft beer and wine). So there’s that. For the official word from Veggie Grill follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Tip Top Meats founder and Carlsbad legend “Big John” Haedrich (pictured right with his wife Diane) was recognized for his over two decades of services on the Tri-City Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees when he received the Legacy Award at the foundation’s Diamond Ball on November 2, 2013.
“Big John is one of our community’s larger than life personalities and a model citizen. His entrepreneurial successes and his tremendous generosity are a true inspiration to all who know him,” said Kevin Stotmeister, chair of the foundation’s Board of Trustees. “The Tri-City Hospital Foundation is delighted to honor him with the 2013 Legacy Award.” . . . Good health and athletics were essential to Big John’s own youth and development in post-war Eastern Germany. They gave him the confidence and discipline he needed to find success as he pursued his early career as a butcher and ultimately moved to California, started a business and achieved the American Dream.
Paon owner Mayur Pavagadh got in a little trouble with the craft brewing press while relaunching his Catch seafood restaurant as a “craft beer American food cocktails” restaurant at 660 Carlsbad Village Drive. A post from February 14, 2013 on beer website The Full Pint pointed out that the name, design, presentation and logo of Pavagadh’s new restaurant 38 Degrees looked oddly similar to a well established craft beer business in Alhambra, California called 38 Degrees. Here’s what they said:
Earlier this week, The Full Pint was tipped off by The Carlsbad Patch that a restaurant called Catch Carlsbad would be rebranding into 38º Carlsbad. Crazier than those string of words, was the fact that the publication Carlsbad Patch assumed that this was an expansion of Clay Harding’s craft beer bar, 38 Degrees Ale House and Grill in Alhambra, CA. . . After Carlsbad Patch was informed there was no affiliation between the two restaurants, we reached out to both Clay Harding of 38 Degrees and Mayur Pavagadhi, the gentleman turning his seafood restaurant into a craft beer restaurant called 38º Carlsbad. Mayur owns other restaurants in the area under the name Paon Carlsbad LLC.
Pavagadh was quoted as saying that he didn’t think there was a problem with the name of his restaurant.
”Craft beer is obviously a very popular market and decided this would be a great venture to get into. I sat down with my partners and did a search for 38 Degrees Carlsbad, and there were no registered marks for it. The term 38 Degrees is the temperature in which we are asked by the beer industry to keep our walk in keg cooler, we felt this was a great name to use.”
According to a second post on The Full Pint, 38 Degrees Ale House and Grill sent several cease and desist letters to Pavagadh’s lawyer with no response. Now, however, it appears that Pavagadh has swapped the numbers on his restaurant and renamed it 83 Degrees Carlsbad.
We’re thrilled to announce that our new location in SAN ELIJO HILLS opens today at noon! Come join us! We’re happy to be part of such a great community & look forward to many future good times ahead.
Now there are two, two, count them two places to check out great local art, music, and get your buzz on at the same time. The new Relm is located at 1231 Elfin Forest Road, unit 110, in the heart of that oddly Stepfordy San Elijo Hills.
The U-T San Diego held its first San Diego Latino Champions Award presentation at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park on Thursday, March 29, 2012 and Carlsbadistan was well represented. Lola’s Market, won the award for Business of the Year.
Ofelia Escobedo and Connie Trejo transformed a family market and deli into a community gathering place where they advocate for youth and maintain the history of the local community.
The U-T could not have picked a better business. Congrats, Ofie and Connie!
The Village of Carlsbadistan is getting a new dining option this month (and it’s not another Italian restaurant) as Boxd Handcrafted Waffle Food opens for business on what was the dirt lot on the Northwest corner of Carlsbad Village Drive and State Street. The restaurant is scheduled to “Open in April.” We’re looking forward to checking it out as soon as it opens.
Been wondering what exactly when into the old Blockbuster video store on Carlsbad Village Drive? It’s Carlsbadistan’s newest seafood and sushi restaurant, Catch. Here managing partner Steve Barr tells us all about it. We’ve haven’t checked it out yet. If you have, let us know how it is in the comments.
One of our favorite ways to go on vacation (without leaving Carlsbadistan) is an evening out at the La Costa Resort and Spa’s Bluefire Grill. And, now there’s one more reason to visit. They have a new Chef de Cuisine.
BlueFire Grill is pleased to announce a new addition to the star culinary team, Chef Gregory Frey Jr. Working alongside Executive Chef Hans Wiegand, Chef Frey is currently focusing on farm-to-table freshness with local purveyors and fresh seafood, including an array of daily specials for your enjoyment. Chef Frey is also working on a fresh seasonal summer menu that will debut soon.
We don’t know a thing about Chef Frey but we are looking forward to that new menu.