Manchester’s new Prospect Street eatery tops commercial shifts in the Village

By Pat Sherma


Despite some initial prevarication from Doug Manchester’s representatives as to the proposed use of the former Simic Art Gallery space at 1205 Prospect St., Amaya La Jolla restaurant is scheduled to open there March 18.

The upscale eatery, modeled after the original Amaya at The Grand Del Mar resort in Carmel Valley, will feature similar contemporary cuisine prepared by Amaya’s Executive Chef, Camron Woods, including smoked king salmon with parsnip purée, Brussels sprouts, bacon, apple chutney and grain mustard and a slow roasted pork chop with sweet potato bread pudding and roasted apples.

While Woods takes the helm at Amaya La Jolla, chef Matthew Sramek will fill his shoes at the original Amaya location.

Amaya La Jolla will feature seating for up to 118 guests in its dining room, and 66 people in its lounge. The restaurant will offer live entertainment nightly, and include a private dining room and wine cellar.

The space will replicate the European decor of Amaya at The Grand Del Mar, incorporating iron and crystal chandeliers, and flooring and ceiling designs inspired by Italian palazzos with accents of gold, ochre and aubergine.

Also in the Manchester Financial Building, the

Monarch Gallery

has changed ownership. Former owner Leland Williams said the gallery will retain its name and ongoing relationship with artists. The new owner is Elsie Arredondo.

Williams, who has had a gallery in the building for more than 20 years, said operating a business in the Village was a “magical experience,” though at 57 he desired time to take stock of his life and enjoy his sailboat. “It’s been a nice run for me out there on that corner,” he said, noting that the offer he received was one he “couldn’t refuse.”

“The rents in La Jolla aren’t cheap,” he said. “I was real fortunate with Mr. Manchester — he always treated me really good.”

n Meanwhile, a 7,000-square-foot building at 7720-7728 Fay Ave. has sold for $3.2 million, according to

The Daily Transcript

  1. La Jolla Cosmetic, LLC purchased the property from John A. Belanich and Belanich.
Current tenant

C&H Photo

will relocate to 7442 Girard Ave., the former site of La Jolla Music (which reopened last year under new ownership at 7423 Girard Ave.).

C&H co-owner Leon Chow said he is renovating the new space to accommodate his long-thriving business. The

La Jolla Light

was unable to reach the other tenants at 7720-7728 Fay Ave. — D.D. Allen Antiques and Chayet Travel Network — for comment about future plans.

To the chagrin of many La Jollans, after more than three decades in operation, the family-owned

Heinz Gietz Autohaus

Mercedes-Benz service center at 1027 Virginia Way has closed its doors.