Hoppy Days! La Jolla Brewing Company joins flurry of new restaurants in town

By Ashley Mackin

From WindanSea beach to the Village to the Shores, eateries of all kinds have recently opened, and other retail companies are on their way.

In the Village, the La Jolla Brewing Company held a standing-room only grand opening Jan. 30, in the former home of the La Jolla Brew House, 7536 Fay Ave. Samples of San Diego beers, including those made by La Jolla Brewing Company, were served at the opening.

Armando Lopez, founding partner; Phil Aitken, founding partner; Fred Gaston, founding partner; Brett Stampf, head Brewer; and David Turner, founding partner, cut the ribbon to the La Jolla Brewing Company. Ashley Mackin photos

Brewmaster Brett Stampf has 20 years of brewing experience at breweries such as Dogfish Head, Green Flash Brewing and Stone Brewing Co. He plans to brew about five beers in house while showcasing more than 20 local beers, such as those from newcomer Modern Times Brewery.

Management partner Joe Matibag said since the soft opening in early January, residents have been receptive to the establishment, and have come in to check out the atmosphere and food. The Brewing Company has a full menu, available from 4 p.m. until closing.

“We want a local pub-style establishment where there is a comfortable neighborhood feel and it’s a nice place to hang out,” he said. “We plan to cater to a variety of patrons, including beer aficionados and also those who want to try something new. We want to create a space for the craft breweries around San Diego to showcase their beers.”

Desiree Patch offers one of more than 20 beers are on tap, some are brewed on site.

BarleyanFigs opened Jan. 9 at 6830 La Jolla Blvd. where owner Constantine Coss and wife/chef Sofi Coss serve up Greek classics, along with coffee, pastries, beer, wine and homemade desserts. The restaurant is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Appetizers include grilled octopus, kale salad with artichoke hearts and dips such as tzatziki (yogurt, cucumber, dill), patzari (beets, yogurt, walnuts, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar) and tarama (fish and lemon dip).

Constantine Coss said most of the ingredients are organic and locally sourced whenever possible. One exception is the olives, which he said always come from Kalamata, Greece.

The Coss’ had a restaurant in Los Angeles called Sofi for nearly 10 years and spent some time back in Greece recently.

Now that they are settled in La Jolla, they were more than happy to open a restaurant here. “Our family is here so we wanted our business here,” Constantine Coss said. He added that he loves the area adjacent to WindanSea beach, so the restaurant’s name is deliberately written to be similar.

“We want to grow with the community through the community on a step-by-step basis and it’s happening,” he said. “The community is embracing us … they come in again and again. We have all repeat customers who bring their friends, and then the friends become repeat customers. That’s how we wanted it and that’s how it’s happening. We’re really glad about that.”

At BarleyanFigs restaurant, chef Sofi Coss runs the kitchen while husband Constantine (not pictured) runs the front of the house.

The Shore Thing restaurant replaced Squires Deli, 8080 La Jolla Shores Drive. Co-owners Bishop Thorne and Lamar Rutherford took over the Squires Deli summer 2013 and opened Shore Thing, selling breakfast, lunch and snacks.

The Shore Thing accepts orders via text message to (858) 333-8933 and sells breakfast sandwiches, breakfast bowls, soups, salads, sandwiches and drinks. Co-owner Thorpe said the goal is to create a local spot, and use organic, locally sourced ingredients when possible.

Plans for the future include “smoothies, more specialty baked goods, snack packs to-go and trying to work out some sort of delivery to the beach for the summer time,” Thorpe said.

Destined to be a pre (or post) surf snack shop, as well as a hangout for breakfast and lunch, Shore Thing is open 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Thorpe said, “We want it to be a great place for locals and visitors to get a good, healthy bite to eat. We’re really more focused on making this a great place for La Jolla Shores.”

■ There’s no Italian food, but MiaCucina, a fine Italian home furnishing company based in Florida, will open a showroom in the 7600 block of Girard Avenue in April to sell kitchens, bathrooms, doors and closets, along with furniture. Rosanna Klachky, the owner of MiaCucina, said they chose La Jolla for their first California location because the space and the clientele were a perfect fit.

“Because MiaCucina is very high end, we know our clientele is in La Jolla,” she said. Additionally, after visiting similar spaces in Solana Beach and Mira Mesa, they were set on a La Jolla location because of the foot traffic, visibility and the fact that other businesses had also opened here recently. “We just knew it would be a good area for us.”

All the fixtures at MiaCucina are custom-made once an order is placed. “We have designers who will look at the floor plans, the home and evaluate the clients’ needs and budget,” she explained. “From there, we send the order so everything can be custom made in Italy. From order to installation takes about three months.” More details at MiaCucina.com

Related posts:

  1. Shore Thing: La Jolla’s lifeguards work 24/7 to keep beaches safe
  2. Taco Tuesdays: annual neighborhood parties in the Shores help forge enduring friendships
  3. Hotel La Jolla to reopen with boutique flourishes
  4. La Valencia bids La Jolla’s iconic Whaling Bar adieu Feb. 14
  5. Parts of La Jolla Shores without power Monday, Dec. 10 due to truck accident

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