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10 Hot Plates

Rumors, openings, and coming-soons



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Loews Coronado announced Adam Cho will be the new chef at the hotel’s restaurant, Mistral. He was previously chef at Katsuya downtown.

2

Chef Kevin Strombel, a vet of Rancho Santa Fe’s Dolce Pan E Vino, will be in charge of the kitchen at Kensington’s new Haven pizzeria.

3

A Mediterranean joint (with Mexican and Asian influences) called The Hake opens in May in La Jolla at the site formerly occupied by Aquamoree and Tikul.

4

Former Grand Del Mar sommelier Jesse Rodriguez has moved to the Montage Hotel & Resort in Laguna Beach, where he’ll oversee the entire wine program.

Rachel King
Rachel King

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Searsucker’s Rachel King has been nominated in Food & Wine magazine’s 2013 Best New Pastry Chef contest.

6

Chef Michael McDonald, formerly of Top of the Market, will take over as the new chef at Roppongi.

7

Alex Thao (owner of Rama) is opening a Chinese concept in the Gaslamp with dim sum as the main focus.

8

Bar manager Nate Howell is launching a new poolside tiki drink menu at Hotel La Jolla, including a Mai Tai, Singapore Sling, and Scorpion.

9

Hotel Del Coronado is now offering Belgian beer pairings at its famous Sunday brunch, featuring Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, and Leffe Blonde.

10

Café Japengo recently debuted a new menu with local ingredients from Suzie’s Farm, Rosie’s Organic Chicken, Drake Family Farms, Vintage Farms, Sadie Rose, and Carlsbad Aquafarm.

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