La Jolla Business Roundup: Mandarin House returns, more new and upcoming openings


After closing completely for almost two years following a fire in August 2019, La Jolla’s Mandarin House restaurant reopened in phases last year while undergoing renovations and is now welcoming even more customers. at 6765 La Jolla Blvd.

Mandarin House started offering a take-out service in June. Three months later, the restaurant was “half open” for in-person meals while the renovation was underway. In November, the larger back room was reopened.

Owner Nelson Law said the restaurant is in the final stages of renovation, but “we are functionally open”.

He acknowledged that construction after the fire took longer than expected, but said: “We feel good to be open again. The layout is the same … aesthetically it’s different. We opted for a modern but old Chinese restaurant atmosphere. But we have the same food and the same flavors that you are used to. For those coming for the first time, we have been in La Jolla since 1977, so we invite you to come and see what we are.

The restaurant’s website is currently down, but you can reach it at (858) 454-2555.

La Jolla Gem Rating

After opening Saigon Spring Jewelry in September 2020, owner Jen Pham said she wanted to do more for her clients and delve deeper into her love of jewelry and gemstones. So she spent most of 2021 studying and training to become a gemologist and appraiser.

La Jolla Gem Appraisal owner Jen Pham works in her office at 7703 Fay Ave.

(Ashley Mackin-Solomon)

“I love gemstones and have a passion for them, so I wanted to have the knowledge to tell my clients about them,” Pham said. “But as I delved deeper, I realized that my passion was evaluation. “

She recently completed her gemology and appraisal degrees and opened La Jolla Gem Appraisal in November from the back of her jewelry store at 7703 Fay Ave.

“I wanted to be a trusted appraiser in this village that my husband and I call our home,” she said. “We want to contribute our knowledge to enrich the community we are in and help people in a professional way.”

In a simple expertise, the part is examined on the spot and the report is returned later. In more complex studies, the piece is left to Pham for research and analysis and is returned later.

Reviews are currently only available by appointment. Learn more about

The local specialty store

Seeking to expand its wine and beer offering, The Corner Mercantile & Eatery at 8070 La Jolla Shores Drive has taken over the adjacent property that once housed La Jolla Postal and Shipping and will call the subsidiary The Corner Specialty Shoppe.

The La Jolla Shores license review committee approved a conditional use license on December 20 for the sale of beer, wine and general merchandise at the store.

“Over the past few years we’ve been short on space, so we’re looking to expand our sales of beer and wine, caviar, chocolate, specialty items, etc.,” said owner Wayne Pierce.

PRC administrators noted during their hearing on the project that there are few places in La Jolla Shores that offer alcohol to take home.

Administrator Angie Preisendorfer said the store gave the street a “good vibe”.


Thanks to divine intervention, the Razzmata’zz boutique opened in La Jolla in November to offer bohemian-inspired women’s clothing.

“I had stores all over Orange County, but when [my family and I] moved to San Diego County… I couldn’t find a retail location that suited me, ”said owner Artillia Marcellous. “I was going to the Vons in La Jolla and God told me to look to my left, so I did and saw that this cute little showcase was available and I thought it was a great place for a shop. ”

Razzmata’zz is now located at 7556 Fay Ave.

Razzmata'zz store owner Artillia Marcellous shows off some of her store's offerings at 7556 Fay Ave.

Razzmata’zz store owner Artillia Marcellous shows off some of her store’s offerings at 7556 Fay Ave.

(Ashley Mackin-Solomon)

Marcellous, who has a background in fashion design, calls the La Jolla boutique his studio. “Some of the tie-dye and unique pieces are mine, but I also bring lines from Italy, washable silks and other designs,” she said.

Her ideal client is “someone who wants to experience something different,” she said. “Just someone with an open mind who wants something … unique.”

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Learn more at (949) 412-8550.

Joya Organic Cooking

As part of the new Boardwalk at Science Center Drive project, Clique Hospitality announced the opening of a new restaurant concept in February.

Joya Organic Kitchen at 10275 Science Center Drive will be a contemporary restaurant serving farm-fresh organic dishes, daily specials and take-out salads, sandwiches and squeezed juices, according to a press release.

“This area of ​​La Jolla is a hub for some of our country’s greatest innovators in science, medicine and technology,” said Andy Masi, Founder of Clique Hospitality. “We wanted to create a space where some of San Diego’s brightest minds as well as locals and visitors to the area could come together around organic, fresh and delicious food while soaking up the beauty of the concept of Joya’s open restaurant. ”

The Boardwalk is a $ 164 million life sciences campus that will include three buildings with more than 195,000 square feet of offices and laboratories. It is designed as a flagship location for Irvine-based Healthpeak Properties, which already operates approximately 2 million square feet of office space for life sciences in San Diego.

Mediterranean Room

La Valencia hotel at 1132 Prospect St. will reinvent its restaurant The Med to celebrate the inn’s 95th anniversary. In addition to returning to its original name, the Mediterranean Room, the hotel’s signature restaurant will be remodeled with a new patio and bar and a new seasonal California-Mediterranean menu for brunch, lunch and dinner.

The Salle Méditerranée opens its doors this winter. For more information visit

Breakfast republic

The Rise & Shine Hospitality Group of San Diego continues to expand its presence with new locations for its breakfast and lunch restaurant concepts, including a Breakfast Republic location which opens this year at 637 Pearl St. in La Jolla.

An Eggies breakfast sandwich window will also open at the La Jolla location. Learn more about

Marisi Italiano

The team at Mexican restaurant Puesto will open their first Italian restaurant in late spring in the former Whisknladle space at 1044 Wall St. in La Jolla, next to the local location of Puesto.

Chef at Marisi Italiano Chad Huff, formerly of Broad Street Oyster Co. in Malibu, will prepare homemade pasta, carpaccios and seafood dishes. Marisi will also have a full bar – including homemade limoncello – run by the Puesto bar and spirits manager, Beau de Bois. Learn more about ??


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