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Rumors, openings, and coming-soons
Loews Coronado announced Adam Cho will be the new chef at the hotel’s restaurant, Mistral. He was previously chef at Katsuya downtown.
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.
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.
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.
Searsucker’s Rachel King has been nominated in Food & Wine magazine’s 2013 Best New Pastry Chef contest.
Chef Michael McDonald, formerly of Top of the Market, will take over as the new chef at Roppongi.
Alex Thao (owner of Rama) is opening a Chinese concept in the Gaslamp with dim sum as the main focus.
Bar manager Nate Howell is launching a new poolside tiki drink menu at Hotel La Jolla, including a Mai Tai, Singapore Sling, and Scorpion.
Hotel Del Coronado is now offering Belgian beer pairings at its famous Sunday brunch, featuring Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, and Leffe Blonde.
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.