He told me that he worked with his partner Oved Haskal, for 6 months prior to the June opening, remodeling and creating a unique menu. Both men are local entrepreneurs who have lived in La Jolla for decades.
The restaurant reflects the cultural background of its owners, combining Middle Eastern and Western European influences.
The corner property will house Aroma, the bakery and restaurant, and BarFly, a sports bar.
The controversy about the sidewalk tables revolve around the number of feet allowed for sidewalk clearance for an outdoor sidewalk cafe.
The City of San Diego approved the 6 feet clearance for the tables, but then the La Jolla Community Planning Association (LJCPA) on April 1 voted to deny the sidewalk café citing a La Jolla ordinance requiring 8 feet. As anyone who frequents La Jolla knows, numerous restaurants are in violation of the 8’ rule, Alfonso’s, The Living Room, The Grande Colonial, Kitima, Whisk N’ Ladle, Brick & Bell, The Burger Lounge and SmashBurger. In the June 3 meeting, LJCPA voted to withdraw their appeal with the City.
Tashakorian says that he has hired 95 people. La Jolla certainly needs those jobs in this economy. Several restaurants have closed in La Jolla in the last year including the spectacular closing of Jack’s. The delays have cost the owners thousands of dollars. Look for the GRAND OPENING celebration starting on Saturday, August 14. Their phone # is 858-454-7272