Events and openings in San Diego that we look forward to in 2022


Hard to believe, we know, but we checked the schedule and yes, it’s winter in San Diego. That doesn’t mean much to us here in America’s most beautiful city – our virtually perfect climate allows us to always go out and enjoy new things to see, eat, drink, and do. As you prepare for temperatures to dip into the 1950s, add to your favorites these establishments expected to hit our shores in early 2022. From Caribbean-inspired cuisine to Cajun soul food, a new French bakery and more, here are ten winter openings that we cannot be silent about:

The information listed here may be subject to change depending on how the situation evolves with the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Please check for the latest available updates or contact each property directly for more information.

Liberty Station
Opening date : January
Why eat a donut when you can eat two or three without feeling guilty? The Mini Donut Company, with its two-bite treasures, lets you do just that. They’ll be opening their first physical store in Liberty Public Market, with their signature sweet, iced, and sprinkled offerings, as well as special editions that add Captain Crunch, Oreo, Fruity Pebbles, Reese’s Pieces, and more, available for pre-order pickup.
How to book: Order online for pickup. Places will be allocated on a first come basis.

Mélanie pastry
Photo courtesy of Pâtisserie Mélanie

North park
Opening date : January
Former San Diego teacher Melanie Dunn spent three summers in Paris at Le Cordon Bleu, returning each fall to teach English in high school. After completing her program, she returned to San Diego and eventually opened an artisan bakery in the townhouse she shares with her husband and daughter in Hillcrest. An instant hit, customers flocked to the tiny boutique, picking up its incredible pastries and pastries. A planned expansion to a larger space in North Park was announced, then COVID-19 put everything on hold for a few years. But good things happen to those who wait, they say, and Pâtisserie Mélanie is ready to serve again its iconic French pastries, such as kouign-amanns and cannelés, as well as entrees and daily specials for the breakfast.
How to book: Places will be allocated on a first come basis.

La Jolla
Opening date : Early 2022
Formerly La Jolla Inn, the Cormorant Boutique Hotel has undergone a three-year comprehensive renovation that brings a mid-century modern aesthetic to the heart of La Jolla. Twenty-six nautical-inspired rooms, each with a balcony and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean; a new rooftop bar, Birdseye, offering craft cocktails and small platters; and Prospect Market, an upscale take-out market, have everything you need for outgoing guests or a luxury stay for yourself.
How to book: Sign up to receive news and updates via email online.

go go amigo
Photo courtesy of Go Go Amigo

Liberty Station
Opening date : February
Brought to you by Good Time Design, the folks behind some of San Diego’s funniest places like The Presley, The Blind Burro, and Moonshine Beach, we look forward to the opening of Go Go Amigo, a south of the border inspired restaurant. ‘will open in the former El Jardin space. The complete renovation created additional patio space, as well as a new outdoor bar. The menu showcases classic Mexican favorites and unique fusion dishes to share, including rockfish and pulpo aguachile, grilled chicken tinga with cheese, as well as a range of starters, tacos, soups, salads and desserts. As expected, the beverage program features tequila-based cocktails like prickly pear slushies and cucumber and jalapeño margaritas.
How to book: Booking details are not yet available, but you can sign up for their newsletter or follow them on Instagram for updates.

La Jolla
Opening date : February
From the Las Vegas-based Hospitality Clique, which brought us two of San Diego’s culinary hot spots, Lionfish and SerÄ“a, comes Joya Organic Kitchen, landing at The Boardwalk at Science Center Drive near UC San Diego. Focusing on breakfast, lunch and happy hour, Chef James Beard Smart Catch, Chef JoJo Ruiz alongside Chef Ryan Bullock, Joya’s breakfast menu features juices from freshly squeezed fruits, smoothies, acai bowls, and coffee while lunch focuses on farm-fresh organic produce. menu options, daily specials and delicious salads and sandwiches to take away. The huge 4,000 square foot room will also be available for catering and private events.
How to book: Sign up to receive email news online and via Instagram. Reservations will be available prior to opening.

Harbor village
Opening date : February
A mouth-watering new opening at Seaport Village is the second location of Long Beach’s famous restaurant, Louisiana Charlie. They bring soul food from New Orleans to San Diego with iconic Cajun and Creole dishes – think jambalaya, okra, and po ‘boys sandwiches, as well as fresh seafood like oysters, crab legs and the shrimp.
How to book: Places will be allocated on a first come basis. Join their mailing list for updates and news, or check out the Seaport Village website.

Gas lamp quarter
Opening date : February
The historic Lester Hotel is home to Madame Bonnie’s, named after Bertha “Bonnie” White, who ran a brothel in the hotel from the 1920s to the 1940s. The cocktail program includes gin, vodka and bourbon, wine by the glass or by the bottle and a daily selection of beers. Bites of Cajun prime rib, assorted salads, Bonnie’s rotisserie meats and sides feature on the eclectic menu, along with delicious desserts like warm brioche pudding, a flight of ice cream and a signature house cookie. .
How to book: Booking details are not yet available, but you can follow them on Instagram for updates.

Temaki Bar Handroll & Sake
Photo courtesy of Temaki Bar Handroll & Sake

Opening date : March
Another new concept from Clique Hospitality, the Temaki Bar Handroll & Sake celebrates traditional temaki sushi, which is traditionally eaten immediately after the sushi chef passes it to the customer, ensuring the perfect combination of hot rice, cold fish and nori. crisp. Temaki’s signature tuna roll, with its irresistible spicy sauce, blue crab, yellowtail flounder, salmon and many more are menu favorites, along with a diverse selection of sake.
How to book: Booking details have not been released, but you can sign up online to receive information via email and follow them on Instagram for more details.

Little Italy
Opening date : March
Miss B’s Coconut Club brings the spirit of Tulum to Little Italy with Coco Maya, a new, next-level restaurant that will open in the space formerly occupied by Prepkitchen. Illuminating the main cocktail bar is a 30-by-30-foot skylight, as well as a newly created open-air deck. The cocktail menu, created by Rob McShea, features tequila drinks inspired by the Yucatan Peninsula, while the menu showcases Caribbean flavors and contemporary versions of Jamaican cuisine at the charcoal pot.
How to book: Booking details have not been released, but you can keep up to date with the latest news through Instagram.

La Jolla
Opening date : Spring
Benefiting from a renowned culinary team which includes Executive Chef Chad Huff (Providence in Hollywood, Felix Trattoria in Venice and Broad Street Oyster Co. in Malibu), Culinary Director Erik Aronow (Republic, Destroyer and Vespertine in Los Angeles), bar and Creative Director of Beau du Bois Spirits (three Michelin stars The Restaurant at Meadowood) and Dylan Shipsey, a Union Square Hospitality Group veteran, Marisi will specialize in Italian cuisine, handmade pasta and classic cocktails. Celebrating the wide variety of Italian cuisine, highlights of the opening menu include oyster mushroom and brown butter tortelli; tonnarelli gricia with guanciale, black pepper and pecorino; calamari with Calabrian pepper, tomato and shallot; and a beef carpaccio with green onions, pine nuts and horseradish. The dynamic cocktail program includes a range of Italian aperitifs, homemade limoncello, rare spirits and an Italian pilsner specially made for Marisi.
How to book: Booking details have not been released, but you can sign up online to receive information via email and follow them on Instagram for more details.

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Mary Beth Abate is a freelance writer based in San Diego, Chicago and Los Angeles. His hobbies include yoga, pickling and fermenting, reading cookbooks, and consuming fabulous gin. Follow her experiences @MaryBeth_Abate.


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