Little Italy’s Mercato is one of the best farmer’s markets in the county. Now that Saturday morning cornucopia of fresh veggies, seafood and crafts is getting a weekend counterpart. July 31 is the grand opening of the Waterfront Sunday Market, runing from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Waterfront Park. The park splashed into existance last year on Harbor Drive, on the bayside of the San Diego County County Administration Building. SpokenSD will bike over, check it out and report back.
TO THE BRIDGE, BIKERS
You can only bike across the Coronado Bay Bridge once a year–and that opportunity is coming up on Sunday, Aug. 28. Bike the Bay is an annual noncometitive bike ride that allows pedalers to cross the bridge as part of a 25-mile course that runs through Coronado, Imperial Beach, Chula Vista and National City before finishing at downtown’s Embarcadero Marina Park. The ride costs $60.
PUTTIN’ UP THE RITZ
A highrise development that will include a 153-room Ritz-Carlton hotel got final approval from the city’s downtown planning agency and seems likely to become East Village’s first five-star hotel. The development by Cisterra and architect Carrier Johnson + Culture will also include a Whole Foods (aka “Whole Paycheck”) grocery store. While a Ritz certainly elevates the status of a neighborhood, note that Forbes reported earlier this year that homes situated near Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods reliably had values higher than the median.
SETTING THE STANDARD
Pacific Standard – Coastal Kitchen will hold a grand opening party on August 11. The eatery takes the place of the former Fat City/China Camp restaurants, and also will service the new Hilton San Diego Bayside Campus. Pacific Standard will have one more Top Chef from that show on Bravo–Giselle Wellman.