by Erin Chambers - 9246 Reviews - 161 List
Whether it's Ingrid Croce greeting guests in the Gaslamp, Paul Dobson working the door during the power-lunch hour downtown, or Ms. Jayne Battle bustling about the dining room of her Normal Heights gastropub, we love it when a restaurant's namesake is present and accounted for at their own establishment. Here's a list of our favorite owner-occupied spots around town.
Updated: August 06, 2009
Jayne Battle, a native of La Jolla, and her husband made the rounds through New York and San Francisco before returning home to San Diego to start their own restaurant. And a sweet gastropub with a simple menu and perfect patio it is, and Ms. Battle is there, bustling around, most every night of the week. Livin' the dream? We think yes.
Though the founder Karl Strauss died recently, his name lives on in several family members who still work at the multiple brewhouses and restaurants scattered throughout the county. As the father of craft beer in a city where the art of ale is really heating up, Mr. Strauss' legacy surely lives on.
Nicky Rotten, aka Nick Tomasello, is almost always either working the door or working the bar at his Gaslamp burger joint, opened in 2007. A San Diego native, Nick has a host of his Italian family members and friends on staff, too, so this is often one of the few Gaslmap haunts where locals outnumber tourists on any given night.
A power lunch at Dobson's just wouldn't be the same without a handshake from Mr. Paul Dobson himself, who is always waiting at the door to greet patrons or working the room that's full of local politicos and journalists at lunch.