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Monday, June 9, 2014
NORTH PARK CHATTER / GALLOPING GOSSIPER STRIKES AGAIN
World Cup mania about to descend on the 'hood
BWIN THE LINES. North Park upcoming (read: soon) invasion of avid/rabid soccer fans is going to be unavoidable—so join in the World
Cup ruckus (mid-June to mid-July) as NP pub owners ranging from Bluefoot to Bar
Pink are leading the cheers.Watch for a
sea of team flags and costumed revelers in impromptu parades between Waypoint
Restaurant, True North and Caffe Calabria as the international competition gets
heated.Honk if you love soccer.
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HELLO/GOOD-BYE. Edwin Lohr is the newly elected president of the North Park Community
Assn. and one of his initial duties was to wish outgoing president Nikki
thanks for her service and to wish her a fond farewell.Berdy, a New York native is moving back east
to be closer to her family.Berdy did a
lot to energize a sometimes sleepy organization.The revamping of the NPCA website under her
regime has been a welcome addition as it is now a more detailed beacon for
“She represented the people of North Park with dignity
and respect. She will be sorely missed, but we know that wherever she goes that
community will be gaining a huge asset. We wish her the best,” said Lohr.
Also, Sean Karafin was elected vice president of NPCA.
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GOING BY THE BOOK. Architect Jonathan Segal told reporter UT-San Diego Roger Showley recently that he built his newly
completed North Parker Project at 30th & Upas according to city
zoning regulations already on the books.If he wanted to go beyond
North Parker architect Jonathan Segal
the existing 27 units, he said, he would have
had to bring the $9 million project to the NP Community Planning
Committee.That was something Segal
didn’t want to do because it would have added a year to the project.As it was he was able to complete the project
in 14 months (acquisition to completion).A telling quote in the UT
article by Segal as to the reputation held by many architects and builders of
volunteer planning groups is as follows: “I find community people tend to
interested in venting some anger and I’m not interested in being a recipient of
Architects not quoted in the article have told Pillar to Post that Segal is keen on
what he can and can’t do and finds success being a turnkey operator in that he
is the landlord, architect, developer and builder.His success is notable.North Parker was 100% leased after the first
month of its opening.
It was great to see Segal dining recently at Cardamon’s
with his team.
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So much foodie news is on smacking lips media l that I forgot (sorry) where I
read about Chris’ Ono Grinds Café & Grill. Full disclosure, I haven’t dined
there yet, but my taste buds are set for the Wednesday night Keiki special menu
Woo just noted there will be a Wow Wow Waffle restaurant operation going into
the rear of the coin-operated laundry at 3519 30th St.Opening set for da 4th of July.
Prolific and talented Amy Granite writing in West Coaster Magazine’s June issue (www.westcoastersd.com), profiles what’s
new with Arsalun Tafazoli,
the local restaurant and
craft beer wonderkind behind places like Provisions/Soda & Swine at 30th
and Adams and the new Underbelly II at 30th and Upas.