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Swami's Cafe

August 20, 2015
Openings and in progress... Swami's Cafe has opened in the old Casa de Luz location at 2920 University Avenue, and they've quickly become one of the neighborhood's more popular breakfast and lunch destinations. The mixture of available options and reasonable price points seems to have hit the sweet spot with the locals, with a line out the door at key times throughout the day. The popularity has also invigorated the northwest corner of 30th and University, something that's desperately been needed for awhile. Along with the pending opening of SafeHouse, it appears that particular corner has been finally been changed for the good. Streetcar Merchants, the new gourmet donut, fried chicken, and milk bar joint is getting ready to open their doors to the hungry masses. Underbelly has installed their exterior signage but it looks like their opening is still at least a few weeks off. North Park Nursery has closed down their old location, BUT (the good news) they are readying their new location near the intersection of University Avenue and Texas. Sonic is going in the old Burger King location at Utah and El Cajon.

And closings... Spread, the vegetarian place that has a successful online presence, shuttered their doors a few weeks back. Marie's closed this past weekend after owner of same name decided to retire. Lucha Libre is scheduled to take over the space. Eddie's Philly has announced that they're closing down, and rumor is that Queenstown Public is taking over the space. Veg-N-Out, next to Lefty's, is also closing. No word on a replacement there.



Hammond's Gourmet Ice Cream
July 3, 2015
Hammond's Gourmet Ice Cream has officially opened at 3077 University Avenue. Carrying super premium, 18% butter fat ice cream imported from Hawaii, they offer 32 rich flavors that are unique and tasty...they also carry 4 sorbets for the lactose-intolerant crowd.

Besides their delicious ice cream, they've created an elegant space that marries recycled materials with modern twists, embracing the ethos of North Park itself. Design elements include a chandelier composed of old sundae glasses, a fantastic wall piece that contains 50 old ice cream scoopers, and tables made from fallen trees (including a community table made from a tree that fell in North Park).


This and that... We've finally received confirmation that there is indeed a donut and milk bar coming to the corner of 30th and Lincoln. We've recently spotted new garage doors installed at the premises... Sad to report that Vintage Religion has announced that they're becoming purely an online store, with their physical store scheduled to close on July 31... Wow Wow Waffles has opened at 3519 30th Street. They serve sweet and savory Belgian waffles in a funky community space behind the laundromat... The Woolworth Building, which is owned by the city of San Diego and is slowly making its way through redevelopment plans, received a spiffy mural on the exterior this past week, giving it a much-needed facelift... Influx Cafe has opened their newest location at the North Parker, located at 30th and Upas Streets. The new space is light and airy and serves their wonderful sandwiches, salads, and soups...Right around the corner, Tacos Perla, the new gourmet taco place, opened at 3000 Upas Street... Bazinga Eatery, the new place that specializes in Mac and Cheese dishes, ha opened at 3382 30th Street, in the old Sea Rocket location... City Tacos opened at 3028 University Avenue, and has some very delicious taco offerings... The Safehouse, at 30th and University, and Saiko Sushi, at Granada and University, and both busily readying their spaces for openings later this year.

Jason Feather mural

May 18, 2015
Modern Times has opened their new North Park location in the North Parker Lofts, at the corner of 30th Street and Upas.

And speaking of breweries, Rip Current Brewing has announced they'll be opening a new location at a few blocks north at 4101 30th Street.

City Tacos has opened at 3028 University Avenue, next door to Yog-Art. The taco menu looks tasty.

Right next door to City Tacos is Kaleidoscope at 3030 University Avenue, feature kitchen and home gifts.

Open for awhile, but we forgot to mention a new vegan restaurant. Moncai Vegan has opened at 3131 University Avenue.

Jason Feather mural
April 13, 2015
Artist Jason Feather will be installing a mural on the exterior of the Woolworth Building at 3067 University Avenue as it awaits it's transformation in to a vibrant part of the neighborhood. The building's transformation has been delayed as a result of the dismantling of redevelopment agencies throughout the state. Now owned by the city of San Diego, the project to renew is slowly making it's way through red tape, with hopes of a 2015 construction phase.

In the meantime North Park will get to enjoy a fabulous mural by Mr. Feather. Check out this video of another mural he made for San Diego.


Swami's Cafe
Swami's Cafe has announced that they will be opening up in the old Casa de Luz spot at 2920 University Avenue. While the closure of Casa was difficult for many in the community, there's a lot of positive online buzz from fans of Swami's that there will be new location to enjoy their relatively healthy fare at.



Kolor Blind

A new shoe consignment store called Kolor Blind has opened up on 30th street, 2 doors down from Waypoint Public.





North Park Theatre
The newly named North Park Theatre has announced their first concert under the new ownership, according to the SignOnSanDiego. Rodriguez is scheduled to perform June 3, 2014, and are $40. Lots of other details about plans for the theater can be found in the online story.


Berkeley Pizza


Berkeley Pizza is readying a new location in North Park at the old Parkco Upholstery at 3934 30th Street ("Serving San Diego since 1945" according to their website). Eater San Diego is reporting that they hope to open in April, and will serve their Chicago style pizza and beer, along with salads.





Material
February 22, 2015
Like a phoenix rising, it appears that a new shop from the owners of Material are coming back to North Park. A sign in the window next to Clair de Lune is announcing a new "men's collective" to be curated by Love & Aesthetics and Material, and says they's have clothing, gifts, apothecary and home jewelry. No website or opening date noted.





Title Boxing Club
The large property on the north east corner of University Avenue and Utah, which was previously Graceful Living, is becoming a boxing gym. Title Boxing Club, a chain with extensive locations outside of California, is readying their third location in our state. No word on opening date yet.




Underbelly
This and that... Signage for the four new restaurants going in at Jonathan Segal's The North Parker Lofts have gone up. Underbelly, Influx Cafe, Tacos Perla, and Modern Times Brewery's spaces all sport spiffy posters announcing their individual locations...a new Asian-fusion restaurant is going in at 2930 University Avenue. Beer/wine application on window lists The Safe House as business name... Rumors continue that a "milk bar and gourmet donut shop" are coming to the corner of Lincoln and 30th. Based upon our inspection, we're guessing it's not going in on the corner but instead one door in, next to the newly relocated Chito's Shoe Repair... Labor Ready on University Avenue has shuttered their doors.

Lighthouse Salon

February 15, 2015
The Lighthouse Salon is readying their North Park debut for the end of February. Located in the newly refreshed building at 3081 University Avenue, the salon will feature ten style stations, an esthetician's room, and will also host holistic community events, ThetaHealing workshops. The salon is owned by Rozalynne Woolf and Alexis Davis.

Next door to the spa is the space that Hammond's Gourmet Ice Cream is going in.




Modern Times logo
January 26, 2014
Looks like another beer tasting place is coming to the neighborhood, this time at the new North Parker Lofts designed by Jonathan Segal Architects. The Point Loma brewery Modern Times Beer has announced on their website that they're opening a 1,600 square foot space called the North Park Flavordome, and will include two outdoor seating areas. The brewery will join the other announced tenants Underbelly, La Perla, and InFlux Coffee. No definite opening dates but they're shooting for a Spring/Summer 2014 spot.
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North Park Taxes has opened at 3030 University Avenue, next door to Yog-Art. They're offering some new ways to make tax preparation faster and easier, and have experts there to answer questions about taxes, healthcare, and small businesses, all for free. Open 7 days a week.
JU/KE logo

January 5, 2014

It looks like the eatery that Miho Gastrotruck has been planning on opening inside Bottlecraft on University is nearing complete ti on. Eater San Diego is reporting a mid-February opening date scheduled for JU/KE.
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December 28, 2013
Hammond's gourmet ice cream
North Park is getting an ice cream shop, something that's long overdue! Hammond's Gourmet Ice Cream is readying their location at 3077 University Avenue, two doors up from Urbn Pizza. They'll be featuring Tropical Dreams super premium ice cream from Hawaii!!! Plans currently call for an April opening.
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Casa de Luz has closed their doors, and there's now a sign that the space is for sale or lease.
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Mister Brown's

November24, 2013
Mister Brown's Barber + Social is scheduled to open December 1.
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Aloha Sunday is moving their location 2 blocks west, to 3039 University, next to Wang's. Their soft opening is November 29. They'll also be having a Black Friday sale at their old location.
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Visual


A mini-gallery walk is sprouting up on 30th Street just south of North Park Way. Joining The Art Academy are the Low Gallery, Protea Gallery, and now an artist supply store called Visual.
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Coin Op Exterior Sign


November 9, 2013 Coin-Op Game Room has opened its doors at 3926 30th Street (former location of El Take it Easy). The space has been enhanced with the addition of garage doors that open the space to 30th Street, and has around 20-30 vintage video games and pinball machines in side. Mostly a bar, it carries a limited selection of bar snacks as well.

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North Park Theater


November 1, 2013
Big news for the Birch North Park Theatre in the announcement that David Cohen and the Verant Group have taken over ownership from the San Diego Lyric Opera. Plans call to expand seating from the current 731 seats to 1200, with a heavier focus on live musical acts. There's also talk about upping the movie going experience with the addition of food and drink service within the theater. Change of ownership is imminent.








Waypoint Public

October 5, 2013
Waypoint Public, replacing The Linkery, is coming along nicely, with new garage doors opening to the street installed, and recycled wood adorning the interior walls. Can't wait to check it out!

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