At its Nov. 13 meeting, the La Jolla Shores Association heard reports about a trio of new restaurants hoping to open soon along Avenida de la Playa.
1) Galaxy Taco
Terry Winn-Kraszewski, representing the Shores Merchants Association, told LJSA that George’s At The Cove owner George Hauer filed a letter of intent to lease the now-closed La Jolla Shores Market at 8080 La Jolla Shores Drive, and establish a Mexican restaurant, Galaxy Taco, there.
After a notice was issued with the announcement, a meeting took place between Hauer and the community where residents raised concerns about noise, parking, cooking fumes and the restaurant’s late-night hours, due to its proximity to the residential area.
“(Hauer) responded that he has worked out a deal with Jim Morris’ building (2223 Avenida De La Playa), to use the parking structure for evenings,” she said. “I think the community is supporting it. Galaxy Taco will be a nice addition to the Shores.” However, she added, Hauer will not proceed with the restaurant unless he gets a liquor license, which could take about seven months.
The restaurant project, including the total square footage and whether to knock down the wall facing the parking lot, hinges on the liquor license. Winn-Kraszewski said restaurant representatives would come to a future LJSA meeting when more details are available. She said the adjacent Squires Deli would remain.
2) Brick and Bell Café
Two other restaurants are a little closer to opening and have signed leases. Brick and Bell Café plans an additional location in March, in the space next to Hike Bike Kayak, at 2216 Avenida de la Playa. It will serve breakfast and lunch, and have an on-site bakery.
Brick and Bell Cafe owner Peter Watry assured the Village location at 928 Silverado St. would stay in place.
3) Shorehouse Kitchen
The third restaurant, whose cuisine was not known at the meeting, is scheduled to open in the next six months at 2236 Avenida de la Playa. It will be run by one of the owners of the Islands Restaurant franchise. A notice posted at the location lists the business name as the Shorehouse Kitchen.
District 1 City Councilmember Sherri Lightner’s representative Greg Parkington addressed the LJSA to explain that the city is proposing amendments to its citywide ordinance on food trucks, and is seeking public feedback.
"The amendments intend to clarify which regulations apply to food trucks, and create a process to allow food trucks to operate on private property, within the public right-of-way in a manner that best balances safety, community character and economic interests, both to the private (business) and the public," he said.
Comments can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Dec. 13. However, several groups will hear these amendments before they go to a city council vote in spring 2014, offering additional opportunities for comment.
With both the existing regulations and the suggested amendments, several LJSA members noticed there aren’t a lot of places a food truck can legally operate within the Shores.