San Diego’s downtown entertainment center is experimenting with a new plan to curb congestion and boost safety by prohibiting parking on weekend nights. Effective Sept. 2, on Friday and Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to 3 p.m. the parking on Fifth Avenue (from Broadway to Harbor Drive) will be limited to 3-minute passenger zone loading. You can get picked up by a ride-share service, cab or the new “FRED” free electric vehicles, but don’t drive down and expect to park in front of Barleymash or any other Gaslamp Quarter eateries or night spots. It’s part of a two-year pilot program, and the San Diego Police Department says drivers will get a three-week grace period (until Sept. 30) before cars will be ticketed and towed.
SHE’S GOT A SCREWBALL
Tom Hanks, as manager Jimmy Dugan, told us there’s no crying in baseball, but A League Of Their Own showed us there’s a precedent for women playing the game. Now comes the first TV series about a fictional female breaking into the Major League—set at Petco Park in East Village. In Pitch, Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury) is called up to pitch for the San Diego Padres. Much of the show, premiering on Fox on Sept. 22 and co-starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar of Saved By The Bell notoriety, was shot at the downtown ballpark. On Sept. 21, all fans in attendance at the Padres game versus the Arizona Diamondbacks can stick around afterward and watch the pilot episode on the scoreboard.
WHISKEY FOR MY HORSES
If you’re a sucker for funny, punny or offbeat cocktail names, take a gander at the Grant Grill’s new fall menu. In deference to the upcoming remake of The Magnificent 7, chef de bar Cory Alberto has devised a list that pays homage to his favorite old Westerns. Highlights include:
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). Concocted with three key ingredients—dry-aged-ribeye-fat-washed rye, cyan and sweet vermouth and topped with cigar foam. You’ll hear the theme song—wah, wahh, wah—all night.
True Grit (1961). Scotch, brandy, Galliano, Drambuie, house-made herbal-orange soda and cinnamon bitters. For those who woulda fancied drinking with John Wayne, uh-huh.
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976). Bottled rye, Liquor 43, and house-made Mexican root beer. Bottled and labeled at Grant Grill. Drink two of these and you’ll start to squint like Clint.