April 13, 2024


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Historic downtown San Diego resort hopes to lift its profile with culinary makeover

Historic downtown San Diego resort hopes to lift its profile with culinary makeover

When the historic Guild Resort opened greater than three years in the past within the coronary heart of downtown San Diego, it additionally debuted its superb eating restaurant, Luca. Lower than a 12 months later, the pandemic hit, and the superb eating venue closed, by no means to reopen.

The Guild’s house owners have now determined its time to not solely deliver again a signature restaurant for the 162-room resort but additionally reinvent the eating and ingesting choices in hopes of elevating the resort’s profile and attractive locals to pay a go to to the property.

“We opened the resort in July 2019, and we hadn’t had one full 12 months of operation of the restaurant when the pandemic occurred,” stated Kevin Mansour, common companion with Oram Holdings, which developed the resort at a value of $80 million. “So we actually by no means received off the bottom (with Luca) after which needed to shut down.

“We consider now that with a purpose to actually ship a singular expertise for our visitors, we’ve got to faucet into the native meals scene to actually make it genuine. If we seize the locals, they and the visitors coming from everywhere in the world can have a extra genuine expertise than in a generic resort restaurant. We consider it will create a real culinary vacation spot that ought to assist drive extra enterprise.”

The lobby of The Guild Hotel in downtown San Diego.

The foyer of The Guild Resort in downtown San Diego.

(Ariana Drehsler/For The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Towards that finish, The Guild introduced this week that it’s partnering with San Diego-based Be Saha Hospitality Group to take over the resort’s meals and beverage operations. Be Saha is answerable for a number of new San Diego venues, together with the absinthe bar and bistro Wormwood; gin bar Botanica; and Tahona, a Mezcal tasting room and restaurant in Previous City.

As a part of that new partnership, Be Saha is bringing on effectively regarded Tijuana chef Ruffo Ibarra to supervise the brand new eating challenge. Inducted into the Tijuana Corridor of Fame in November 2022, he owns the Oryx restaurant in Tijuana and is president of the Mexico group at Bocuse d’Or 2022-2023, which is taken into account probably the most prestigious culinary competitors on the earth. Be Saha culinary director Janina Garay, additionally on the Bocuse d’Or Mexico group, shall be engaged on the brand new Guild eating ideas as effectively.

The notion of elevating your entire culinary program had been germinating for the final couple of years, stated resort common supervisor Onal Kucuk.

Whereas the main points on the brand new, as-yet unnamed signature restaurant are sparse, Be Saha founder Amar Harrag describes the meals idea as Cali Baja-style delicacies.

“We’re utilizing all native components and all of the cultural affect of California and Baja area,” Harrag stated. “From recent seafood to Mediterranean components to Asian and European inspirations, our menu would be the greatest reflection of our area. And the bar program is supposed to enrich the opposite initiatives that the Be Saha group encompasses and in addition showcase artisanal spirits.”

The signature restaurant, which shall be positioned within the resort’s courtyard space, is predicted be prepared for dinner service by March. Additionally deliberate is a potential sidewalk cafe, brunch that may be held within the resort’s backyard space, and a reimagining of the the Guild Bar within the foyer space. Be Saha may also oversee catering of in-house occasions, in addition to room service.

The resort, positioned on Broadway, occupies a virtually century-old Military Navy YMCA constructing that after welcomed thousands and thousands of service women and men passing by the town.

Oram bought the five hundred W. Broadway web site and constructing in 2014 for $14 million and subsequently spent a number of years overseeing the daunting strategy of preserving the constructing’s Italian Renaissance-inspired exterior and remodeling the dormitory-style inside right into a resort with fashionable facilities.

Mansour acknowledged that whereas the Guild has been doing fairly effectively attracting leisure vacationers, it nonetheless hasn’t recovered absolutely from the pandemic due to the extra sluggish return of company journey and conferences enterprise.