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Sunday, April 20, 2014


New for San Diego this summer
NEW THIS SUMMER--The marketing gurus with the in-the-works Bottega Americano have been working the media since February to the fact that there will be a new indoor food and beverage emporium, downtown San Diego in the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Law School on Island Ave., near 11th Street.
Manhattan's amazingly successful Eataly

The inspiration for this new 8,000 sq. ft venture, among others world-wide, has to be the Eataly in New York City. For those who haven’t been there/done that, the Eataly is a department store of gourmet foods, wines, craft beer in the heart of Manhattan.  The Eataly also has a top of building (12th floor) beer garden linked with the operation.

Expect San Diego’s version to be open this summer.  It should be a lot of fun and delicious exploring.  On a personal note, I just hope to hell they have a wonderful olive bar and a sophisticated wall of world class olive oils.  Gourmet food, wine and craft beer is easy to find in San Diego, but nary a decent establishment devoted to olives.

Keep up with the Bottega Americano on its facebook page or

In the meantime, here are a few Urban Explorer images from last fall at Eataly.

Other Famous Food Courts:
Bon Marche/Paris:


Mercado San Miguel/Madrid:

Mercat St. Josef Boqueria/Barcelona

IMAGES OF EATALY/NEW YORK CITY/Interior Images Phyllis Shess, Pillar to Post blog

Main floor Eataly, Manhattan

Beverage Department

Craft beer savvy
Now that's selection
Euro style displays

Mid-afternoon casual
 Sharing a craft beer atop Eataly's Birreria Brew Pub

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