New Pandemic Restrictions Loom for San Diego Restaurants Under Stay-at-Home Order – NBC 7 San Diego
The roller coaster ride of the coronavirus pandemic isn’t over for the San Diego dining scene. With California re-tightening restrictions on businesses due to rising COVID-19 cases in the counties, what does this round of restrictions mean for San Diego County’s restaurants? Eater San Diego delves into this story and other top news of the week from our local food and drink scene.
The new California Governor’s Stay Home Order will pause eating on-site at restaurants
The new regional home-from-home arrangement in California is expected to go into effect this weekend, affecting the already ailing restaurant industries in many counties, including San Diego. Governor Gavin Newsom said the new order will be triggered if an ICU bed capacity in a region falls below 15%. As of December 3, San Diego didn’t hit that trigger yet, but Newsom said it was only a matter of time – and not a lot of time – before counties like ours get there. If so, the mandate requires San Diego County’s restaurants to temporarily suspend all on-site dining, including al fresco dining, which is currently the only option for on-site San Diego restaurants, while the county remains on the purple tier . As part of the stay at home order, San Diego restaurants may continue to offer takeout and delivery. Once that order goes into effect, Newsom said it will last at least three weeks.
Filipino giant Jollibee opens drive-thru in Mira Mesa
Jollibee, the hugely successful restaurant, has returned to the Mira Mesa neighborhood with a new location with a drive-through window. The now global fast food company is known for fusing Western home cooking with Asian flavors in dishes like fried chicken, sweet spaghetti, and peach and mango cake.
LA Sushi Pro prepares the first restaurant in San Diego
The Japanese founder of the popular sushi shop chain from Los Angeles is bringing his concept of affordable, high-quality sushi to San Diego and will soon open the first of three planned locations in Kearny Mesa. Sushi Hachi on Convoy Street offers nigiri, hand rolls, appetizers, and more. Most items are priced at $ 3.50.
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North Park Gastropub joins the Sky Deck lineup
The upcoming Sky Deck project at the Del Mar Highlands Town Center, an upscale food collective made up of local and brand new restaurants, closes its list with Craft House, a transplant off North Park’s 30th Street that serves modern American food with a Baja influence . including bar canapes, burgers and tacos.
Tijuana Food Hall highlights local highlights
The park is a redesigned food hall that features some of Tijuana’s most prestigious eateries, from street food gems to chef-run restaurants. The growing lineup includes outposts of local favorites Oryx and Tortas Wash Mobile. San Diego’s own Farmer’s Table is also set to expand there in early 2021.
Candice Woo is the founding editor of Eater San Diego, a leading source of news on San Diego’s restaurant and bar scene. Stay up to date with the latest news from Eater San Diego via Facebook or Twitter and sign up for the Eater San Diego newsletter here.