La Jolla business roundup: Cormorant Hotel, Rosemonts Cafe among long list of openings and soon to be open

In addition to ushering in May flowers, April brought a variety of new businesses to the La Jolla area, with more on the horizon. Here’s an overview of recently opened offers and what should be opening soon.

Cormorant Hotel

After three years of construction and multiple delays, the Cormorant Hotel opened with a ribbon cutting on April 29.

Replacing the La Jolla Inn at 1110 Prospect St., the 26-room boutique hotel is more modern than its predecessor, with an Art Deco-inspired aesthetic, larger rooms and suites, a larger lobby, and a rooftop dining area. called Birdseye. The rooftop space, open to the public, offers small bites, craft cocktails, and ocean views. The hotel also has an attached market to sell wine, beer, snacks, and beach supplies.

Because the rooms are smaller than standard hotel rooms – and to create the aesthetic sought by management – all fixtures are custom made.

At the opening, owner and developer Manoj Chawla said construction had taken a long time, but “we realized this was our one and only opportunity to get it right, and that’s what we Have done”.

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Cafe des Rosemonts

Rosemonts Cafe opened on April 30 and serves pastries, breakfasts, sandwiches and charcuterie boards at 6830 La Jolla Blvd.

Owner Abby Cleary said she wanted to open in the Windansea neighborhood because it “has great options for food, drink and groceries, but what it doesn’t have is A coffee”.

The cafe will “bring life to the neighborhood for early risers,” she said. “The menu also offers takeaways perfect for a picnic in Windansea.”

She said she loves the La Jolla Walk and hasn’t owned a car in 10 years.

“I have lived in many other countries and states and have never felt a sense of community as close as I have since moving to La Jolla four years ago,” Cleary said. “From the first day I walked into this space, I can’t tell you how many neighbors came to see what was opening up here and offered to help. …I’m so excited to open and make Rosemonts a neighborhood gathering space.

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Safe Seller

Spearheaded by La Jolla-based realtor Kailey Watson, Safe-Seller was launched in mid-April to provide guarantees to sellers during the home showing process. The company installs temporary keyless locks on the closets for the owner and/or realtor to securely store their belongings.

“We’re turning walk-out closets into secure spaces to prevent theft for the duration of the home sale,” Watson said. “You don’t buy the lock forever; it’s just for the home selling process. We have different locks with different finishes so they look great in the home setting. And we reinstall your existing finish when you’re done.

She said she and her mother came up with the idea while selling their family home and realized the need to keep personal items out of reach. But they realized that a lock with a key could be broken into, and Wi-Fi-based keyless pads were prone to hacking.

With Safe-Seller, “the lock is a touchpad with multiple codes,” Watson said. “The seller has a code, the agent has a code.”

This Windansea beach sketch is one of the images from La Jolla artist Scott West’s clothing line.

(Courtesy of Scott West)

Combining his love of surf culture with his love of art, La Jolla resident Scott West launched a clothing line last month featuring sketches of La Jolla’s iconic surf spots.

In addition to its Scott West Galleries, launched in mid-April to sell West-branded sweatshirts, t-shirts, coffee mugs and pint glasses.

“I think so many people, even those who don’t surf, love the lifestyle,” he said. “Especially here in La Jolla.”

West said his favorite haunts during his first move to La Jolla included The Cove and Windansea. “I loved watching the waves crash,” he said. “I started taking pen and paper and making drawings.”

West said he put an image on a sweatshirt and his friends and family wanted one, and then their friends and families wanted it, which prompted him to start a line.

Seeking to showcase the “soul and essence” of local surf spots, her clothing line includes designs from Windansea Beach, Black’s Beach and more.


Flip-flip store Havaianas opened in April on Prospect Street.

Flip-flip store Havaianas opened in April on Prospect Street.

(Courtesy of Brandon Lindley)

Offering locals and tourists “the original rocker,” Havaianas had a soft opening on April 2 at 1049 Prospect St., with a larger opening expected in the coming weeks.

“It’s the original flip-flop and it’s been made in Brazil since 1962,” owner Brandon Lindley said. “It’s a tribute to the Hawaiian lifestyle and culture of the 50s and 60s. You could have a piece of Hawaii on your feet wherever you go.

“When you go on vacation or… somewhere that will give you a break, you need something that puts you in ‘time out mode,'” Lindley added. “It’s simple, bright, colorful and fun, and they can be personalized. They’re an essential for the beach, pool, or around the house, and they’re rubber so they last a long time.

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Showa Ramen

Showa Hospitality, the San Diego restaurant group behind La Jolla’s Taco Stand and Himitsu, has opened Showa Ramen in the North Torrey Pines living and learning neighborhood at UC San Diego in La Jolla.

The new location serves three varieties of ramen, as well as gyoza and chashu bowls.

To learn more, visit — The San Diego Union Tribune

Coming soon

SD Sandpiper

La Jolla Shores is expected to have a new restaurant in the coming weeks in the former Galaxy Taco space — as soon as it’s staffed. The Oyster Bar and Grill, to be called Sandpiper SD, will be a sister restaurant to George’s at the Cove led by Chef/Owner Trey Foshee in conjunction with Chef Christine Rivera and General Manager Evan Vallee at 2259 Avenida de la Playa .

“Our menu features a variety of fun, shareable items from a custom-designed wood-fired grill and oyster bar, to desserts from George’s at Cove Pastry Chef Aly Lyng,” Foshee said. “We have carefully crafted our wine and full bar offering to focus on the classics.”

However, he said staffing issues are still a challenge and management hopes to open in late May. Those interested in working at Sandpiper can email [email protected].

Galaxy Taco, owned by the same restaurant group, closed in October, citing rising labor and product costs.


In the space formerly occupied by Subway on Girard Avenue, a Dunkin’ franchise (formerly known as Dunkin’ Donuts) is set to open in July.

The location will have “a European influence, as it will have more of a modern cafe-style design concept,” franchisee Tali Burton said. “All of the same Dunkin’ products will be offered, and the store will have ordering kiosks, digital menu boards and a tap system similar to other ‘NextGen’ stores.”

Burton said “Dunkin’ anticipates the store will be a popular location and a great addition to the current line of San Diego Dunkin’ stores which will also cater to several surrounding beach communities.”

La Jolla was chosen because “many people enjoy visiting and staying [there]”, Burton said. “It offers a good mix of restaurants, shops and activities to explore.”

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Other news

Amazon at UTC

Online retail and technology juggernaut Amazon is moving to The Collection at UTC with a lease of 123,000 square feet of office space.

The lease includes new space on the second and third floors of two buildings at the east end of the Westfield UTC mall at 4575 La Jolla Village Drive.

The Collection at UTC is Phase 1 of the reinvention of the old Sears plot. The development, which opened in October, is a 226,200 square foot mixed-use center with a three-story north building and a two-story south building, separated by an open-air hallway. — The San Diego Union Tribune

UCSD Gastrointestinal Clinic

UC San Diego Health opened a multidisciplinary clinic for patients with gastrointestinal and digestive diseases at 4303 La Jolla Village Drive in Westfield UTC.

The approximately 11,000 square foot clinic is the first of its kind in San Diego County to offer advanced care by a wide range of specialists under one roof for patients with upper and lower digestive tract conditions , including the esophagus, stomach, intestines and colon.

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South 8 Technologies

South 8 Technologies, a UC San Diego spin-out that has developed a way to boost the voltage and improve the safety of lithium batteries, recently announced that it has raised $12 million at a a first round of venture capital financing.

The 15-employee company will use the money to put more prototype cells with its liquefied gas – or LiGas – electrolyte technology into the hands of companies working on electric vehicles, all-weather networked storage, products aerospace and defense and renewable energies.

South 8 was born from a university research project aimed at improving the performance of lithium batteries at extremely low temperatures. The method discovered by the scientists, however, works at all temperatures and could enable high-voltage cells, as well as avoid thermal runaway, reduce costs and encourage recycling, according to the company.


La Jolla-based software company CMX recently announced the appointment of Bert Clement as chief executive, succeeding company founder Mitch Porche in the role.

Porche will now serve as Chief Strategy Officer, a new role, with responsibility for product innovation and long-term vision. CMX also announced that COO James Gunn-Wilkinson has been promoted to President and COO.

Clément has over 25 years of leadership experience in public and private companies. ◆

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