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News Hash: Richard Blais, James Beard and More

From a Top Chef's first West Coast restaurant, to reopenings for Phil's BBQ and Jsix - San Diego has a lot on its plate
February 21, 2014
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by Darlene Horn

This week’s News Hash is all about restaurant openings and a James Beard Award nomination.

Top Chef star Richard Blais’ highly-anticipated restaurant Juniper & Ivy officially set an opening date for March 3. This is Blais’ first restaurant on the West Coast which he dubbed his first “left coast cookery.” The spot in Little Italy promises al fresco dining using seasonal ingredients. Check the website frequently if you’re looking to nab a table on opening day.

BBQ fans missing the spicy BBQ sauce tang of Phil's BBQ celebrated the reopening of their Point Loma flagship location last week. The restaurant underwent a $1 million renovation, including an expanded beer tap and energy-efficient equipment, according to CBS 8

Another restaurant is set to reopen its doors on February 22. Downtown’s Jsix has been closed since December as they remodel the décor and refresh the food and drink menu. The biggest change diners will notice is the addition of communal dining tables in the bar and dining area. Check back here for a report on their new menu items. Spoiler alert: There are “Little Dumplings with Hen Broth.”

The 2014 James Beard Awards semifinalist nominations were announced on Wednesday. Making the cut - and San Diego's only showing - is Addison at the Grand Del Mar for Outstanding Wine Program overseen by Elizabeth Huettinger, the restaurant's wine director and certified sommelier. “Being nominated as a James Beard Award semifinalist for the country’s best wine program means a lot to our entire team," says director and executive chef William Bradley via email. "Elizabeth, in particular, has worked hard this past year on enhancing our list and program. We’re proud to represent San Diego and to help bring more attention to our city’s dining scene.”  

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