by Kristin Condon
The building with Ace Tattoo and El Rodeo is looking spiffy – it has gotten a new paint job and new banisters and signs, including the new “L Rodeo” sign.
Ciao Bella Ristorante e Pizzaria at 4953 Newport opened at the end of February, and appears to be doing a brisk business. ciaobellasandiego.com Their extensive menu features soups, salads, antipasto, pasta, panini, risotti, pizzas, and handmade desserts. They have a very nice dining room, and also will take phone orders to go.
The Tamale Cart that has been in business in the parking lot next to the new OB Surf & Skate has a new location. OBKanobe’s has taken over the front of the lot next to the sidewalk and built “garden seating,” while the tamale cart is now in the middle of the lot, far from the sidewalk. A contact at the tamale cart estimated that their business has gone down by half since their cart was made to move, and says no one seems to see the sign on the sidewalk pointing them to the cart.
The construction of the Pizza Port location at the site of the old OB Grille/Boll Weevil (1956 Bacon St.) is in full swing, and according to a contact at the Solana Beach location, they hope to open by April 15th. Pizza Port (www.pizzaport.com) has locations in Solana Beach, San Clemente, and Carlsbad.
The Carlsbad location includes a Bottle Shop to sell beers to go, but as of now, there are no plans to include a Bottle Shop at the Ocean Beach restaurant and brewery.
At the site of the old OB Surf & Skate at 4881 Newport, the space was divided up, and three new businesses have opened. One is a smoke shop called Stuff 2 Puff, then there is a soap shop called Pine Tree Road specializing in unique soaps, and finally there is a spa called Swanky Sugar (swankysugar.com) that specializes in sugaring, waxing, facials, massage, and more.
OB has a new taco truck! Mariscos German, which already has taco trucks set up in Normal Heights, Otay Mesa, and Clairemont, has set up shop in the Apple Tree parking lot.
They have rave reviews for their other locations on sites such as yelp.com, and are famous for their fresh seafood tacos and cocktails, as well as the complimentary cup of seafood soup you receive while you wait for your order. This blogger has sampled their fare, and gives it 2 thumbs up.
Computer Arts Gallery opened in November at 4985 Voltaire (CAG.com). The gallery consists of giclee art from artist-in-residence Hyacinthe Kuller Baron whose current show is titled “Animal Nature,” as well as works from other artists. Currently there is art by Darby Kelly also on display. Giclee is the process of making fine art prints from a digital source with ink-jet printing. Baron is going to be featured in the new magazine San Diego Business Woman that is being produced by LaDainian Tomlinson’s mother, Loreane Tomlinson (SDBWmag.com).