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Friday, August 23, 2013


Parklet Dedicated: Caffe Calabria's gift to North Park (City).
HELLO.  I am a fan of North Park Main Street’s newsletter that comes as an e-mail blast once a week.  How else would we have known the city’s first “parklet,” a curbside mini park was having its official ribbon cutting Friday (Aug. 23) at 10 a.m in front of Caffe Calabria.  The poster of the event designed by Neue Creative group adds the following: “Designed by OBR Architecture and Design of North Park and constructed for public use by Caffe Calabria, this modern sustainable parklet is now a part of the North Park scene.”  Thanks to all involved.  It has turned out to be a terrific new addition.  And, of course, this innovative first ever in San Diego parket happened in North Park.

THE LONG GOOD-BYE.  The above mentioned poster inviting neighbors to the parklet grand opening said in fine print that guest speakers would be Council President Todd Gloria and Mayor Bob Filner.  While, folks are milling around the new parklet, the City Council will be in secret chambers mulling over Filner’s long goodbye.  What do you bet, Bob doesn't make it to North Park?  

Amanda Baumgarten
HELLO. Foodie media this week is abuzz over Amanda Baumgarten being announced as the new chef of Waypoint Public (formerly the Linkery) when it opens in early October.  She was formerly with Herringbone restaurant in La Jolla.   She is partners with John Pani, a hospitality industry investor and manager and Brian Jensen of Bottlecraft stores in North Park and Little Italy.  Wine & Dine San Diego blog reports Waypoints design team includes North Park’s Chris Bittner, OBR Architecture, who designed the previous Linkery restaurant at 30th and North Park Way; plus Dylan Jones of Subtext Gallery and interior designer Marianne Berg.  Berg formerly with Graham Downes’ firm is running her own business called MBee Studio.
HELLO. Karl Strauss is out with its seasonal Oktoberfest, a tasty lager made with Vienna and Munich malts and Perle hops from Germany.  Available all over town.

GOOD-BYE.  Rock Bottom Brewery, 5th & G, Gaslamp District, will close October 5 says West Coaster magazine.

HELLO.  Cool review on Tiger, Tiger (El Cajon Blvd. near 30th St.) by Steven Silverman, long time restaurant reviewer with San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine, appears in the magazine's September 2013 edition on newsstands next week.

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