La Jolla Business Roundup: Facelift for some Village restaurants


To bring the some of the seaside eateries on Prospect Street up-to-code and up-to-date, the property at 1250 Prospect St. is undergoing some major plumbing, electrical and aesthetic work. Under construction since November 2015 the scaffolding is set to come down by the summer and the white tenting should be scaled back, if not completely removed. Two of the restaurants, George’s at the Cove and Donovan’s Steakhouse, will stay open during the project, but The Hake Kitchen and Bar will temporarily close for an extensive remodel.

Hake general manager Dan Valerino joked with La Jolla Light that the building was so out of date, “It looked like Don Johnson from ‘Miami Vice’ could have walked in any minute,” he said. “It was just time to update the property.”

The Hake makeover will add 2,000 square feet and 60 seats to the existing restaurant, along with sweeping ocean views and a casual lounge boasting a classic, yet modern bar. There will be a separate area for a relaxed take on fine dining overlooking the Pacific Ocean and increased outdoor seating. The kitchen will also undergo several changes including the implementation of an oyster/raw bar.

Valerino said he has a May target as the grand re-opening date.

Bird Rock welcomes Koi Wellness:

Bird Rock Sushi and Oyster at 5752 La Jolla Blvd. closed in January. But one block away, at 5632 La Jolla Blvd., Koi Wellness Center held a grand opening Jan. 28. The integrative health clinic has been seeing patients for the last few months, said dietician Cori Cohen, but was remodeling the facility leading up to the opening.

Specializing in naturopathic medicine, the facility offers nutrition injections, IV therapy, nutrition coaching, specialty lab testing and more.

“A lot of times, people are fed up with feeling sick or tired and they haven’t gotten the help they needed from traditional medicine or the results they’ve hoped for from their doctors,” Cohen said. “Our naturopathic doctor will consult with you and conduct specialty lab testing, including looking at neurotransmitters, hormones, and macro-nutrient testing to see if you are missing something. We take a whole-body approach to your care.”

Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. A list of services can be found at: or by calling (858) 257-2808.

Adelaide’s florist acquired: Adelaide’s of La Jolla has been purchased by Larry Anhorn and Jerry Parent — familiar faces at Adelaide’s who have spent the past five years heading-up the day-to-day operations and overall creative direction of the company.

With a $6 investment, Adelaide’s was founded in 1936 as a roadside stand in Encinitas, California by Adelaide Phillips. It quickly grew and in 1945, moved to its current retail location at 7766 Girard Ave. in La Jolla. While the Phillips family sold the company in 2010, the new owners remained behind the scenes and allowed Anhorn and Parent to put their creative vision to work. The duo acquired partial ownership in 2015 and completed the sale on Jan. 31.

Anhorn and Parent entered the floral scene in San Diego in 1995 with the creation of their Banker’s Hill and ultimately Hillcrest — European-styled floral and event company, FloraStyle.

“We are proud and humbled to be the ones to carry on Adelaide’s great name and reputation. Our goal is to not only celebrate with the community her 80th year in business later this year, but her 100th year in 2036. Ultimately, we want to make Adelaide and the communities of La Jolla and San Diego proud that her vision, and their support, were the true success story,” Parent said in a statement. “We are simply the ones privileged to keep the creative engine running.”

Market makeover: After a quiet closing last year, plans for a new Marine Street Market were posted to replace the La Jolla Liquor store at 7402 La Jolla Blvd. Slated to open this year, the new market will have a coffee counter, outdoor seating, liquor and wine cellar, children’s play area and more.

Be Fresh replaces Mango: In mid-January, Be Fresh opened at 627 Pearl St., the former home of Mango Mango, to offer fruit salads, green salads, sandwiches, tortas and fresh juices.

Café Solange closes: Café Solange on Avenida de la Playa has closed. Owner Christian Malecot posted on the business’s Facebook page: “Dear La Jolla Shores Community, Café Solange’s last day of operation was Monday, Oct. 27. (We) are very grateful to have had the opportunity to serve the community over the past three years. It has been a real pleasure to have had developed relationships with so many people in this area.

“La Jolla Shores truly defines what it means to be a community. I look forward to continuing to cultivate those relationships, and new ones, at the Common Grounds coffee cart located in front of the Neighbor Saver Market (also on Avenida de la Playa). You can find our baguettes, pastries, and delicious coffee just down the way.”