Anheuser-Busch acquired its first spirits company, Miramar-based distiller Cutwater Spirits.
University Heights staple Small Bar has partnered with Trust Restaurant Group (Trust, Hundred Proof, Fort Oak) for a revamp that includes a design facelift, updated menu, and cocktail program.
Extraordinary Desserts near Balboa Park has moved to a spiffy new bakery and café just one block away in the Louie Lofts in Bankers Hill.
Pro skateboarder Tony Hawk and his son, Riley, launched Steel Mill Coffee, a craft coffee and retro vinyl record shop in Oceanside.
Storyhouse Spirits is now open in East Village, with a bar menu that includes Seaside Vodka, Meyer Lemon & Cucumber Vodka, and California Dry Gin, plus seasonal small plates from executive chef Nick Paulerio.
After success in North Park—and the Instagrams to prove it—Holy Matcha opened its second location in East Village.
La Jolla–based Bobboi Gelato has scooped up two new locations in Little Italy: One in Little Italy Food Hall (previously Single Fin Kitchen) and the other in the mixed-use development project AV8.
Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill has expanded with a second, larger location in Ocean Beach.
Mustangs & Burros at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa reconcepted their menu to a more coastal meets Southern California cuisine, complete with charred Spanish octopus and ceviche negro.
Partner and executive chef Ricardo Heredia (ex-Alchemy) has opened The Florence in Sabre Springs, paying homage to Florence Chadwick, Point Loma High School alumna and first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions.