Su Casa: A look at the past, present and future

Although the future of Su Casa restaurant is still unclear, one La Jolla Light reader has provided a look at the past of the 6738 La Jolla Blvd. restaurant.

While digging through her father’s files, Nina Pellar Le Baron said she found a collection of photos from when the restaurant was known as Mr. Lucky’s, and offered $1.10 lunch specials, $1.75 dinner specials and cocktails.

PAST: A historical photo of Mr. Lucky’s, which became Su Casa in the 1960s. Courtesy

“My dad (Marshall Pellar) took the pictures before he renovated the building so it could become Su Casa,” she explained. “He bought the building in 1967 and hired designer Roy Drew to turn into a Mexican-style building for Su Casa, which opened the following year. In 1985, he sold it to the current owner. It was amazing to see what it looked like before. I’m an architect and from that perspective … I think it’s interesting to see transformations of architecture.”

Pellar died in 2009, and in addition to his work on Su Casa, a claim to fame is inventing BBQ seasoning for potato chips in the 1950s.

The future of Su Casa?

A plan has been approved to demolish the Su Casa restaurant and a two-story residential building at 350 Playa Del Sur, and construct in their place, three buildings totaling 28,884 square feet — one three-story building with six, two-bedroom units; one two-story building with six two-bedroom units; and a two-story mixed-use building with four one-bedroom units and 3,000 square feet of retail space, and a 18,639- square-foot basement garage with 37 underground parking spaces.

FUTURE: A rendering of the proposed development for 6738 La Jolla Blvd. and 350 Playa Del Sur. Courtesy

The Su Casa project was approved by the San Diego Planning Commission after two hearings in mid-2017 with permit applicant Claude-Anthony Marengo of Marengo-Morton Architects. However, there has been no progress toward the construction since its approval.

Current Su Casa owner Moishe Chernovetzky said: “Su Casa restaurant doesn’t have any plans to close in the near future.”

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