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    Restaurants and businesses open in Ocean Beach, Point Loma, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, and La Jolla areas
    Mar 29, 2020 | 21843 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Find your favorite takeout food options at places still open in the San Diego coastal areas. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Find your favorite takeout food options at places still open in the San Diego coastal areas. / Photo by Thomas Melville

    Here is a list of some of the restaurants and businesses that are open for takeout/delivery in the Ocean Beach, Point Loma, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, and La Jolla areas.

    For updated information on businesses, visit their website, social media or call. If you see businesses on this list that are closed or businesses that are open and not listed, let us know at




    55 Thai Kitchen – Offering take out and delivery.

    710 Beach Club – Noon-sunset daily. Offering a limited takeout food and drink. 858-483-7844.

    B-Mo’s Sandwich Shop – Offering take out, pick up, and delivery via UberEats, GrubHub, and Postmates.

    Baked Bear – Offering pick up and delivery. Order by phone or via DoorDash, UberEats, Postmates, or Grubhub.

    Bare Back Grill – Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Offering delivery through Bring It To Me SD, Postmates, and Doordash or call 858-274-7177 for curbside pickup.

    Bayside Landing – Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. Offering pick up and delivery. Order at 858-270-9200. 10% off pick-up orders if you mention their IG post.

    Better Buzz – Hours: PB West 5 a.m.-5 p.m.; PB East 5:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; PB Grand 6 a.m.-5 p.m. Offering take out orders and encouraging drive-thru.

    Biggie’s Burgers – Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Offering delivery through regular partner services, as well as curbside pickup.

    Board and Brew – Call in your order for pick up or order at or via the Board & Brew app. Get 10% off online orders with code: 10TOGO.

    Brazilian Bowls – Offering in-store, online, and mobile ordering and pick-up and delivery via DoorDash, Postmates, UberEats, and Grubhub.

    Breakfast Republic – Hours: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. daily. Offering full menu, including monthly specials for takeout orders. Call or walk-in to place order.

    Broken Yolk Cafe – Hours: 7:30 a.m-1:30 p.m. daily. Offering curbside pick up and delivery via UberEats, DoorDash, and GrubHub.

    Cafe Athena – Offering pick up and delivery. Order at 858-274-1140, at, or via DoorDash, UberEats, or Postmates. 15% off take out orders.

    Cali Banh Mi – Offering delivery and pick up. Order at

    Charlie’s Best Bread – Open for take out.

    Cheba Hut – Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Offering pick up and delivery. Order by phone or via DoorDash, GrubHub, or Postmates.

    Coffee Cycle – Offering take out. Only two customers allowed in the store at one time.

    Costa Brava – Hours: 1:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Offering take out only. Order at 858-273-1218.

    Crushed PB – Offering pick up orders and delivery via DoorDash.

    Dirty Birds – Offering pick up and delivery through Postmates, DoorDash, and Grubhub.

    The Donut Bar – Hours: Wednesdays-Fridays 7 a.m.-sold out; Saturdays-Sundays 8 a.m.- sold out; Fridays-Saturdays “encore hours” 5 p.m.-sold out; closed Mondays-Tuesdays. Offering pick up, curbside pick up, and delivery. Order delivery via DoorDash, order curbside pick up by phone 858-900-2012, or order next-day pick up at beginning at 3 p.m. each day.

    Fig Tree Café – Offering pick up orders. Walk in or call 858-274-2233 to place an order.

    Firehouse – Hours: 1-8 p.m. Offering delivery and take out. Place orders at 858-274-3100.

    The Fishery – Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays; closed Mondays. Offering take out including to go menu, prepared items, fresh fish, and wine. Order by phone.

    Flame Broiler Pacific Beach – Offering pick up and delivery. Order pick up by phone and order delivery through Doordash or Postmates.

    French Gourmet – Bakery still open offering take out.

    Freshii – Offering take out orders.

    Hoboken Pizza – Offering curbside pick up and no contact delivery (curbside pick up and no contact delivery upon request). Place orders at, by phone 858-270-7766, or via DoorDash, Postmates, Grubhub, UberEats, or Slice.

    Iron Pig Alehouse – Hours: 4-9 p.m. daily | Order at for curbside pickup.

    Koffee Kat – Offering pick up and delivery. Order by phone 858-247-74640 or via UberEats, GrubHub, or Postmates.

    Konito’s Café – Offering take out orders. Call in orders 858-230-7355.

    Kono’s Café – Offering pick up and delivery. Order pick up by phone 858-483-1669 or delivery via DoorDash.

    Leilani’s Cafe – Open at 7 a.m. daily. Offering curbside pick up and walk-ups welcome. Order by phone 858-361-1280.

    Local H2O – Hours: Mondays-Fridays 9:30 a.m.-7 pm; Saturdays-Sundays 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Offering curbside pick up.

    The Mad Beet – Hours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Offering pick up and delivery. Order by phone, DoorDash, or GrubHub.

    Mamma Mia – Offering take out and delivery. Order by phone 858-272-2702.

    Miss B’s Coconut Club – Offering curbside pick up and delivery ($50 minimum for delivery). Cocktails available to go. Order by phone.

    Mr. Moto Pizza – Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Offering delivery and carryout only. Last delivery half an hour before closing. 858-490-0501.

    Oscars Mexican Seafood – Offering pick up and delivery within PB area. Order online through their website or in person.

    Our Green Affair – Offering curbside pickup. Call in your order 858-352-6641.

    PB Fish Shop – Offering takeout and delivery services through UberEats and DoorDash or call 858-483-4746 to place your takeout order.

    PB Oriental Offering take out and delivery via Grubhub. 858-886-7811.


    Poke Chop SD – Offering take out and delivery. Order by phone or via Doordash, Grubhub, and Postmates.

    Powerhaus Pizza – Offering curbside pick up and delivery. Place order by phone 858-886-7666,, or via Postmates, Grubhub, DoorDash, and UberEats.

    Pure Cupcakes – Hours: Noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, closed Sundays-Mondays. Offering take out orders, pre-orders, and local delivery. Place pre-orders by phone 858-274-2253, email, or via GrubHub or Postmates.

    Rhythm’s Chicken and Waffles – Offering take out and delivery through Grubhub, DoorDash, and UberEats. Giving 20% off to all health care professionals to say thanks.

    Rickaroons – Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Offering curbside pick up. Order by phone 858-859-2220.

    Safi Mediterranean Grill – Offering take out and delivery.

    Sandbox Pizza – Offering take out and delivery. Order online through their website or by phone.

    SD Taproom – Offering full menu and beer for pick up or delivery to 92109 residents at no charge. Order online for an additional 10% off, all day every day. Ordering direct is always appreciated.

    Second Nature PB – Offering pick up and delivery. Order by phone (858-247-5236) or via Postmates, UberEats, DoorDash, and Grubhub.

    Spice Lounge – Offering take out and delivery. Place take out orders online (, and order delivery via Postmates, DoorDash, or UberEats.

    Square Pizza Co. – Offering curbside pick up and delivery through Uber Eats, Postmates, Grubhub and directly through their website.

    Steak n Fries – Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Offering pick up, delivery, or curbside pick up. 858-352-6600.

    Thai Village – Offering pick up and delivery. Order online through GrubHub.

    Treeology – Offering pick up only. Order by phone 858-247-7425.

    Truckstop – Offering delivery and takeout. Order by phone 858-274-8785.

    Vallarta Express – Offering drive-thru, take out, and phone orders.

    Wokou Ramen and Yakitori – Hours: Noon-8 p.m. daily. Offering pick up and delivery. Order by phone 858-400-4511. 15% off pick up orders. $5 meals offered for service industry, health care providers, and first responders.

    Woodstock’s Pizza PB – Offering to go, curbside pick up, and free delivery (can request no contact). Open for lunch, dinner and late night. Order by phone, online, or walking in. $5 off XL Pizza order using code: FIVEOFF.

    Woody’s Breakfast and Burgers – Offering take out only by phone 858-273-9663.

    World Famous PB – Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Mondays-Thursdays. Offering take out.

    Yerba Mate Bar & Empanadas – Offering take out and delivery. Order pick up by phone at 858-900-3309 or in person. Order delivery via Postmates or DoorDash.

    Yogurt on the Rocks – Offering take out and delivery. Call in your take out order or order delivery all major delivery platforms. 20% off gift card sales.

    Olive Café – 858-488-1224 Open for takeout 7 a.m.-5 p.m., delivering 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


    Olive Baking Co. – 858-291-8222 Open for takeout 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., delivering 8 a.m.-3 p.m.


    Cheesy Express – Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Sundays. Take-out, call-in, walk-in. 858-886-7480, 3219 mission Blvd.

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    9Round Boxing – Offering virtual workouts through the member portal on the 9round website.

    BarreBody – Posting IGTV workouts @barrebodystudios.

    MVMT Warehouse – Offering group online training program.

    Ooh La La Dance Academy – Offering online dance classes.

    Pacific Beach Training – Live streaming all traditional workouts and uploading daily workout options.

    Performance 360 – Offering an online classroom & daily IG live Q&As.

    Red Dragon Martial Arts – Offering a Virtual Dojo for clients and a free two-week course for adults and children.

    Spirit Yoga – Posting IGTV/IG Live classes and meditations.

    Versatile Fitness/VF Revolution – Posting live and recorded workouts daily on IG @versatilefitness.



    Bistro Pazzo
    Bubba’s BBQ
    Burger Lounge
    Cafe La Rue (La Valencia Hotel)
    Candor by Giuseppe
    Cherry Wine Modern Asian Cuisine
    China Chef
    Coffee Cup
    Cove House
    Don Carlos Taco Shop
    El Ranchero
    Girard Gourmet
    Goldfish Point Café
    Green and Lean Cafe
    Green Door Cafe
    Isola Pizza Bar
    Jack in the Box
    Jersey Mike’s
    Juice Kaboose
    Juice Crafters
    Karl Strauss
    La Dolce Vita
    Lifely Wellness
    Mr. Moto Pizza House
    Nekosan Sushi
    Nektar Juice Bar
    Parakeet Café
    Piazza 1909
    Pinpoint Cafe
    Pizza Pronto
    Qala Peruvian Restaurant
    Shorehouse Kitchen
    Sicilian Bella
    Small Goods Cheese Shop & Cafe
    Sugar and Scribe Bakery
    Taste of Himalayas
    Thai Gulf
    The Spot (occasional promotions)
    The Taco Stand
    Trilogy Sanctuary
    We Olive

    House of Pizza 858-551-0125

    Osteria Romantica – 858-551-1221 (5-9 p.m.)

    Shore Rider – 858-412-5308

    Piatti – 858-454-1589 (noon to close)

    Cheese Shop – 858-459-3921 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.)

    Scoops Ice Cream – 858-246-6321

    Brick & Bell – 858-333-1673

    Shore House Kitchen – 858-459-3300

    The Corner Mercantile & Eatery – 858-246-6294

    NeighborSaver Market – 858-456-0260


    Wheat & Water






    Don Bravo Grill and Cantina



    Bird Rock Fine Wine




    Corner Bakery Café: Open 8 a.m.-3 p.m. daily for takeout and delivery only.

    Din Tai Fung: Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily for takeout and delivery only.

    Lemonade: Open Mondays-Fridays 11 a.m.-7 p.m. for takeout and delivery only.

    Noodles & Company: Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily for takeout and delivery only.

    Queenstown Bistro: Open Mondays-Saturdaysnoon-7 p.m., Sundays noon-6pm for takeout and delivery only.

    Red Robin Gourmet Burgers & Brews: Open Mondays-Sundays 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily for takeout and delivery only.

    Seasons 52: Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. Delivery available til 7 p.m. Curbside and takeout access til 8 p.m. 

    Shake Shack: Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily for takeout and delivery only.

    Tender Greens: Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. for takeout and delivery only.

    Veggie Grill: Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily for takeout and delivery only. 


    BBQ House

    5025 Newport Ave.



    Beach Sweets

    5022 Newport Ave.



    Café Bella

    4984 Voltaire St.



    Chris’ Liquor & Deli

    2275 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.




    3960 W Point Loma Blvd.



    Daybreak Island Grill

    2296 Bacon St.



    Dirty Birds

    1929 Cable St.



    It’s Raw Poke

    4991 Newport Ave.



    Litickers Mexican Grill

    4955 Voltaire St.



    Little Chef Chinese Food

    4910 Newport Ave.



    Mad Munch Grilled Cheezers

    4871 Newport Ave.




    4955 Newport Ave.



    Mike’s Taco Club

    5060 Newport Ave.

    Just stop by


    Mr. Moto Pizza

    1929 Cable St.



    Newbreak Coffee & Café

    1959 Abbott St.



    Newport Quik Stop

    4921 Newport Ave.



    Nico’s Mexican Food

    4918 Newport Ave.



    OB Beans

    Bulk beans available for delivery.


    OB Kabob

    4994 Newport Ave.



    OB Noodle House Bar 1502

    4993 Niagara Ave.



    OB Voltaire Quik Stop

    4984 Voltaire St.



    Olive Tree Deli

    4805 Narragansett Ave.



    Old Town House

    4941 Newport Ave.



    P.L. Bagels

    3704 Voltaire St.



    Poma’s Italian Delicatessen

    1846 Bacon St.



    Pizza Port

    1956 Bacon St.



    Raglan Public House

    1851 Bacon St.




    5049 Newport Ave.



    Sundara Indian Cuisine

    1774 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.



    Sunnie’s Café

    4723 Point Loma Ave.



    Surf Rider Pizza

    2163 Abbott St.



    Surfside Deli

    1912 Rosecrans St.




    2232 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.



    The Coffee Method

    4993 Niagara Ave.



    The Harp

    4935 Newport Ave.



    The Tilted Stick

    4970 Voltaire St.



    Pirates Cove Tiki Port

    2201 Cable St.



    Your Mama’s Mug

    4967 Newport Ave.




    1776 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.



    Vlil’s Heath Bar

    4861 Newport Ave.



    Jennings House Cafe

    1018 Rosecrans St.





    Dirty Birds

    Take out available. Click here.


    Moniker Coffee/Moniker General

    Coffee to go and curbside grocery options. Click here.


    Point Loma Tea

    Online sales and virtual tea tastings. Click here.


    Slaters 50/50

    Take out available. Click here


    Solare Ristorante

    Curbside pick up and online cooking classes. Click here.


    Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

    Special pricing on to-go orders. Click here.


    The LOT

    Beer and wine options available with food orders. Click here.


    Wicked Maine Lobster
    Live lobster and frozen tails available for delivery. Email  




    Artist Leslie Pierce/ And Something Different Studio
    Online art classes beginning March 30. Link


    Cornel/Henry Art

    Online exhibition available here.


    Lovejoy Creations Studio

    Daily YouTube live painting sessions & videos available here.  Enroll in Lovejoy's "Paint with a (palette) Knife" course. For course details and to sign up click here.


    Outside the Lens

    Virtual workshops, screenings and other events coming soon.  Check their website for updates here.


    Reading Legacies

    Providing engaging activities for families with little ones at home. Check out family friendly activities and read-a-louds on their Instagram here.


    San Diego School of Ballet

    Online ballet, pilates, tap and stretch classes for students at home. The classes are 1 hour and are free with a suggested donation. Class schedules and information available here


    San Diego Watercolor Society

    Shop online through March 29 and see April Members Show, ‘Cheeky Monkey,’ online after April 2. For online shop and exhibit information click here.


    Songbirds Music

    Virtual music classes for families available beginning April 6. Tuition includes three classes per week for 10 weeks. For additional information and resources, click here


    Theatre Arts School of San Diego

    Free and low cost online classes available for young theatre artists to feel inspired, supported, and engaged. Participate in classes remotely from home using Zoom.  For information and to register, click here.


    The Energy Coalition

    Environmentally focused PEAK@Home lessons can be done with materials found at home. Online Professional Development Training for PEAK programs is available to all educators TK-8th-grade. All opportunities are FREE and some require registration.  For more information and resources, click here.


    Visions Art Museum

    Online classes and a virtual gallery docent tour throughout the month on their Facebook and Instagram pages. Visit their website for activities, online challenges coloring pages and more. For more information click here.




    Apricot Yarn & Supply

    Shop online, curbside pick up, phone in orders available Mondays-Fridays 10am-12pm. Free shipping for San Diego addresses. To order, click here.


    Hire Heroes USA

    Professional development services to active duty military, veterans, and military spouses. Services are provided completely virtually including workshops and career fairs and at no cost to the service member or spouse. For more information, click here.


    Karen Jones Fine Art

    Originals and prints, cards as well coaster tiles available for sale. For information and pricing, click here


    Lauren LeVieux Artist Studio

    Original oil paintings available to view and purchase online here


    Lovejoy Creations

    Painting KITS- supplies shipped to you! Choose from one project, three projects or Paint Your Pet at Home. All projects are geared toward first time and beginner painters of all ages. Purchase here


    Moment Bicycles

    Open for business and offering free delivery and in-store pickup. For questions and information click here


    The Hot Spot

    To-Go Pottery, Mosaic & Slime kits are the perfect way for some "in home" creativity. For more information click here.  



    Place custom invitation orders. Consults available via phone or Zoom and samples and swatches will be mailed. For information and to make an appointment, click here.






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    The Plunge in Ocean Beach a reminder of what once was
    Mar 28, 2020 | 14213 views | 4 4 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    A woman sunbaths on the beach with the Silver Spray Hotel and Plunge (to the right) in the background. / Photo courtesy of Ocean Beach Historical Society
    A woman sunbaths on the beach with the Silver Spray Hotel and Plunge (to the right) in the background. / Photo courtesy of Ocean Beach Historical Society
    It looks as if “The Plunge” in Ocean Beach continues to do just that, plunge. The Plunge saltwater pool has been around since the early 1900s and was once a place where people learned to swim and enjoy the great outdoors. Think of it as an early swimming pool of yesteryear where famous English Channel swimmer Florence Chadwick trained among others. While it was once maintained by volunteers of the Ocean Beach Historical Society it has changed. Over the years The Plunge has become a sandy hole that’s more of an eyesore in some people’s minds. Many might ask why the former pool isn’t simply just filled in with sand, or perhaps made into something the community-at-large can use rather than sitting vacant. The answer isn’t easy. According to an Ocean Beach MainStreet Association tour brochure, William Dougherty was the builder of the hotel in 1919 on the site of the 1800s shack of OB’s first “homeowner” Capt. Thomas. The hotel had a grand opening on May 1, 1919, and was a popular resort during the 1920s as guests and locals enjoyed “the spa, skating rink, dance hall, and hot saltwater pool that drained to the ocean,” the brochure says. WORTH SALVAGING But time has not been kind to The Plunge and, in a sense, it’s a bit of a wasteland. However, it does have some historical value according to some, but it is not a historical landmark or ever been designated as such. Pat James, 62, a resident since the 1970s, and the vice president of the Ocean Beach Historical Society did have some thoughts about The Plunge and the adjacent 61-unit Silver Spray Apartments formerly the hotel/resort located at 5116 Narragansett Ave. “It’s called The Plunge because that’s what swimming pools were referred to back then; there are some in San Francisco, and one in Mission Beach. It was just a term they used a lot … Now it’s a big sandbox, and some of the walls are still there but some have come down where the surf came up and knocked them down. “Many Ocean Beach youngsters took swimming lessons there,” he said. “Florence Chadwick was one of the instructors who taught children to swim there and another notable regular was Faye Baird of Ocean Beach, considered San Diego’s first women surfer.” As it stands today, James noted the shape of the apartments remains the same, the windows and entryways have been altered. Also, the cover over the saltwater plunge no longer remains. “Although we are recognized as an emerging historic district by the City of San Diego, it is typically up to the owner of the property to seek historic designation. As far as I know, the property has been in the same family for many years,” he said. CHANGING TIMES The former pool is now a ruin and roped off to visitors. “…in the summer people would sit out there and use it over the years but much of the sand has washed it away. It’s a big empty spot that’s half sand, half weeds,” James said. In terms of maintaining The Plunge and keeping the area safe around it (it continues to deteriorate because of the elements), James thought it was the City’s responsibility. Perhaps because there is an easement for coastal access through the property. “The Plunge takes people around to the beginning of Sunset Cliffs, and then goes from a sandy beach under the OB Pier. “That’s where the cliffs start and I believe it is closed off now because the beach to the cliffs and the cliffs to the beach has been shut for some time due to a big part of the stairs that were washed out last year,” James said. “It is an area exposed to high surf and I’m pretty sure the City is responsible for any maintenance west of the sidewalk. This includes the entire Plunge area that takes a beating every year especially in the winter due to exposure to the elements.” Calls and emails to find out who does own The Plunge and who is responsible for keeping it up to par were not returned from the City of San Diego, or from the owner of the Silver Spray Apartment complex. According to the California Coastal Commission PIO: “San Diego has a Commission-certified Local Coastal Program (LCP), and this area would likely be in the City's permit jurisdiction. In other words, the City would issue the permits and it would only come to the Coastal Commission if there was an appeal.” “I don’t think the rest of the property is neglected just the one wall, and The Plunge is the highest-profile of the buildings. I think over the years I’ve spoken to some managers who did maintenance,” he said. “Volunteers did a lot of the work once and then the city picked up the ball about 20 years ago when the City’s resources weren’t stretched thin,” James said. “Today the City does some maintenance but it’s an area that takes its thrashing. Nothing can really be done other than keep it clean; at one time I thought maybe put in tables and sand, but it never came to fruition.” OLD RELIC The Plunge is a “historic relic of our heyday and should be left alone in my opinion. There is no reason to take it out. It’s a pretty solid piece of concrete other than some walls have fallen out. I know elderly people who swam with kids and if you ask them if they should knock it down, they shed a tear,” James said. There are only two commercial properties deemed historic in Ocean Beach: The Strand Theater and the Ocean Beach Library. Other historic designations include the cottage program. And while it may be just a big, decaying sandbox now, it once was quite an attraction. For example, according to the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association brochure in November 1919, Camp Holiday, the vacation bungalows next to the hotel, opened and advertised rooms for $1.25 a day, $6 a week, and $16 a month. In its early days, the row of bungalows served as an auto camp for the newly popular car travelers. Visitors pulled their cars right next to their rental cabins for their stay in OB. In 1927, individual apartments rented for around $35-$40 per month and included the use of the saltwater pool. James added it’s important to “remember our resort days as depicted in ‘Beach Town Early Days in Ocean Beach’ by Ruth Varney Held. The Silver Spray represents a major portion of this part of our history.” Today, James said he also felt it “is an asset to the community as affordable housing for year-round residents.” “Although showing its age today, I believe it is a historic gem waiting to be polished. Maybe someday we will see it returned closer to its former glory,” he said. FOLKLORE Among some of the stories about its history is that it once had a ballroom that is now said to be haunted. According to the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association brochure: “Legend says the ghost of Joyce Swindle, a young bride in 1964 who was shot along with her husband of three weeks on the walk near the hotel, haunts the halls with her cries and footsteps looking for her husband.” “I was in the ballroom a long time ago but not long enough to experience her spirit, I think I recall it being used for storage now,” James said. James who hasn’t paid much attention to The Plunge or the apartments as of late said, “I would like to go in and visit sometime again because I feel such a profound connection to our community’s history.” For now, The Plunge remains, but who knows for how long.
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    THE NEW REALITY – Businesses and workers adjusting and adapting as things change daily
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    A woman walks her dog past Sea Gods, the sculpture next to the OB Pier parking lot on Newport Avenue that depicts a colorful and whimsical array of mythical sea creatures, on Tuesday, March 24. The business district was relatively quiet with people picking up takeout from open restaurants and the beach area closed. THOMAS MELVILLE/PENINSULA BEACON
    A woman walks her dog past Sea Gods, the sculpture next to the OB Pier parking lot on Newport Avenue that depicts a colorful and whimsical array of mythical sea creatures, on Tuesday, March 24. The business district was relatively quiet with people picking up takeout from open restaurants and the beach area closed. THOMAS MELVILLE/PENINSULA BEACON

    As austerity measures have kicked-in to help slow the spread of coronavirus, individuals and small-businesses alike everywhere are adapting to the new realities of everyday work and life. Scores of people have lost their jobs, at least temporarily, while others are working from home.

    Restaurants have adjusted to having take-out and delivery only, beaches, parks, and trails are closed, while only essential shops like gas stations and grocery stores remain open.

    The Peninsula Beacon asked workers and small-business owners to share what they’re doing to adjust and cope in these uncertain times.



    “We are reaching out to the community to inform them about our local businesses that are still offering goods and services and especially take-out food, posting the businesses on our website, but It’s a moving target,” said Denny Knox, executive director for Ocean Beach MainStreet Association.

    “As the restaurants contact us, we post the information as quickly as we can, but we have limited staff time and diminished resources. We’re getting tons of information for the City, County, and state. We’re filtering it and posting it as quickly as possible and getting it out to our members.”

    Added Knox: “We’re trying to remain calm but hopeful that this community will rebound when this is all over. Since just about everyone is in the same boat, people are generally being really nice to each other and showing genuine concern for each other. We are swamped with stuff to do.”


    - Dana Cahill and husband Donato Malavarca have run F-Max Fitness at 1065 Rosecrans St. for about 18 years. Dana said they’ve shifted to offering online workouts, as well as doing one-on-one training to compensate for their gym being closed to groups.

    “About 80% of our clients are choosing to stay at home, so we’re only doing private, one-on-one sessions where it’s just one trainer and one client,” she said. “That brings in some income at least. We’re keeping our doors locked and only letting in one person at a time while making everyone wash their hands before and after.”

    Noting many of her clients are 65 and above, Dana added their facility is doing everything to accommodate them including hosting online, interactive workouts. But she warned, “The reality is we’re scared because it’s a make-it-or-break-it situation.”


    - Costa Rican SDSU student Madeline Norman was working for Pizza Nova in La Jolla until she got laid off due to the pandemic. She is now in a bind: Norman can’t return home because the Costa Rican border has been closed, and she’s also committed herself by giving 30-days notice to her landlord.

    “I am now stuck here indefinitely with no job and soon no place to live,” Norman said. “Our particular restaurant already has a staff for taking out and delivery during normal circumstances, so they have priority for what shifts may be available at this point. We have all been urged to apply for unemployment, which I have done.”

    Pointing out she can’t pay for $1,100 monthly rent, utilities, a car payment, and car insurance, Norman lamented, “I hope my landlord is lenient about my paying rent through part of April until my 30 days notice is up and I can move in with friends.”


    - “I lost 50% of my income when I lost my job working part-time at a restaurant,” said Megan Stone of San Diego, who has worked as a brewer and has done marketing for local breweries. “I’ve been fortunate to be able to work at home.

    “A lot of my training in the past in brewing has helped me with problem-solving, hopefully, I can find ways to supplement my lost income. I’m also trying to help others with a blog post on social media (@isbeeracarb) showing links to unemployment and other resources.”



    Small-business owners too are going above and beyond to adapt and accommodate customers during troubled times.


    - Megan Carter, owner of Green and Ivy Cleaning Services covering the Peninsula, is preparing for the worst by cutting back.

    “We closed down today except for vacation rentals and move-outs where no one is in the houses,” said Carter, who started her successful business in 2019 cleaning a friend’s home. Added Carter, “My passion is running a business. I clean small restaurants, offices and vacation rentals. Ideally, I would like to get into all these offices that are (now) closed.”


    - Pet sitter Allison Shea of Allison Shea’s Lucky Dogs in OB, who handles just about every pet (except spiders), is also grappling with holding the line on securing work and holding her own.

    “We’re all in the same boat,” she said. “I’m just trying to stay calm and not be overwhelmed. But this is my livelihood. I’ve been doing it for five or six years.”

    Shea, who has won the Peninsula Beacon’s annual “Best Of” award for pet-sitters, noted she’s not in bad shape financially. “I’m a good saver. I’ve saved some money.”

    But she was quick to add, “Nobody is traveling now so house-sitting – I’ve lost that income. I don’t spend money before I have it. I’m dealing with it day-by-day.”


    - “If you are hungry and want to grab a bite to eat, Konito’s (1730 Garnet Ave.) is open for takeout and is also accepting phone orders,” said owner Joe Bettles. “The restaurant has put markers on the ground so that people picking up food are standing six feet apart. It’s even set up so that customers will be six feet away from the cashier.

    “It’s been hard but our employees are making the most of it and our customers are incredibly gracious with the changes we’ve had to make. We went from an all-cash business four years ago with no phone orders, to now accepting only credit cards, taking phone orders, and soon will be using delivery apps.”


    - “To support our community, we are proud to offer free pick up and delivery with any service,” said Randy Begin, owner of Cass Street Automotive at 5165 Cass St. “Once we've picked up your vehicle we are encouraging no-contact and can communicate all details of repairs over the phone, take payment over the phone and then return the vehicle to the original pick-up location.”

    Added Begin: “If you prefer to use our convenient drop-off system, just park your car on our lot anytime and grab an envelope from the small mailbox hung by the front door. Fill out the required information and our staff will deal with the rest of the services electronically.”


    - Sarah Mattinson, owner of Olive Cafe and Olive Baking Co., 735 Santa Clara Place, in Mission Beach, has found a way to remain open by expanding her repertoire.

    “We are so grateful to be able to stay open and provide the local community with food,” Mattinson said. “The bakery and cafe have taken as many precautions as possible while we serve the public. Limiting the number of customers inside, increasing the sanitizing of, well, everything, and abiding by the suggested six-foot distance between people.”

    Added the restaurateur: “We are baking lots of bread and pastries to keep up with the demand. We are also offering other essential staples – milk, eggs, butter, cheese, rice, pasta, soup, crackers, paper towels, and toilet paper, just to name a few. We are encouraging call-ins for curbside pick-up as well as local deliveries,” Mattinson said. “You can reach the bakery at 858-291-8222. New extended hours from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.”


    - Olive Cafe is also open for to-go orders, curbside pick-ups and deliveries selling grocery items including produce. The cafe at 858-488-1224 and extended hours are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.


    - Insomnia Cookies at 1997 Garnet Ave. is now offering a number of delivery options for “Insomniacs” including those outside of their normal delivery radius. To see if your home falls within the new delivery radius, visit their website and enter your address.


    - Another local eatery helping out is The Melt, at 8849 Villa La Jolla Drive. The restaurant is offering free meals (up to $15) for all hospital and medical staff beginning this week. Medical staff just need to show their medical badges. All meals are to-go only.

    The Melt’s chef-created menu features handcrafted MeltBurgers made from a blend of Angus and Wagyu beef, grilled cheeses, crispy fries, homemade mac ‘n’ cheese, milkshakes and soup, and salads.


    - Like the big boxes, Crest Liquor Deli at 3787 Ingraham St. in Pacific Beach had a run on toilet paper and similar necessities but store general manager Jason Clark noted, “It’s been pretty busy, pretty steady, the last week or so.”

    He added: “We did run out of toilet paper early-on, which was not really a surprise. We’re definitely making sure we get more. People are coming here now because they don’t want to go to Trader Joe’s or Vons where they know they don’t have anything but canned goods and refrigerated foods.”

    The long-time shop has also partnered with the downtown restaurant Social Tap to offer grab-n-go meals.


    - Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Market at 4765 Voltaire St. was also holding its own.

    “We’re doing well, though we have depleted shelves for a lot of groceries,” said store manager Sarela Bonilla. “We’ve restricted our entire staff, including cashiers, not to come within six feet of people. We’re replenishing our milk and kinds of pasta and canned soups that had been depleted. On the positive side, the community is banding together.”


    - John Gelastopoulos, owner of Broken Yolk with locations in PB and Midway, said his business is down since the order was given for restaurant take-out and delivery only.

    “Things are not good,” he said. “People are staying at home. Some of my employees have had to go on unemployment. My business is down 75% to 80%.”

    Added Gelastopoulos, “We’re giving away free coffee or orange juice to our customers to show our appreciation for their coming in and taking their orders to-go. I just hope this will be over pretty soon. We have to stay optimistic and positive.”


    - Michael Saad owner of Point Loma Shelter Island Drug Store at 1105 Rosecrans St., pointed out he’s coping with a tough situation.

    “Everybody is under a lot of stress,” he said. “It’s a very difficult situation to try and run a business this way. But we’re trying to stay open and provide essential services, which we have a responsibility to do. We’re trying to do as many deliveries as possible, trying to have pick-up at the front of the pharmacy where people don’t have to come into the store.”


    - Barons Market, at 4001 W. Point Loma Blvd., extended shopping time for customers over 65 to shop at any store location exclusively from 9-10 a.m. The regular market hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. to allow extra time for extensive sanitizing of the store.


    - Jensen’s Foods, at 955 Catalina Blvd., has senior shopping from 6-7 a.m. Regular shopping hours are 7 a.m.-8 p.m.



    In support of the local breweries, we asked brewer and beer aficionado Megan Stone (@isbeeracarb) for her recommendations for beers to enjoy while stuck at home. Sláinte!

    1. The Pupil by Societe.

    2. Clever Kiwi by Burgeon. 

    3. Rain by Pure Project.

    4. Bacon and Eggs by Pizza Port.

    5. Eppig, and Burning Beard are both making great beer.


    Many restaurants remain open with reduced staff and increased health protocols to service the community and to weather these very challenging times. To aid in the communication of dynamic changes in the industry, is now a resource for San Diegans to find restaurants that are currently still open and offering food for pick-up and/or delivery.
    The site is searchable by neighborhood, food type and average meal price and provides easy links to online ordering and meal delivery platforms.

    For businesses still open in Ocean Beach, Point Loma, and Liberty Station: 

    San Diego Community News Group - Ocean Beach Point Loma and Liberty Station restaurants and businesses open for takeout and online sales and activities



    If you have lost work or have had your hours reduced, you may apply for Employment Development Department unemployment insurance. Gov. Gavin Newsom has waived the one-week waiting period for benefits and is looking at expanding unemployment insurance claim offerings. Visit to file for unemployment insurance.


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    Beacon back lighting the way – ‘New' Point Loma Lighthouse restored
    Mar 26, 2020 | 30721 views | 1 1 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The lantern comprises two levels: the upper lens room is now removed, leaving the barrel of the watchroom as seen from a drone camera. PHOTO BY RYAN STRACK
    The lantern comprises two levels: the upper lens room is now removed, leaving the barrel of the watchroom as seen from a drone camera. PHOTO BY RYAN STRACK
    The crane was used for lifting 20,000 pounds of recast iron, piece by piece. Here, the roof frame is being lowered into place atop the lantern. PHOTO BY KIM FAHLEN
    The crane was used for lifting 20,000 pounds of recast iron, piece by piece. Here, the roof frame is being lowered into place atop the lantern. PHOTO BY KIM FAHLEN
    Under a glorious January sky, the fully restored lighthouse looks rather dapper in its coat of many covers. PHOTO BY KAREN SCANLON
    Under a glorious January sky, the fully restored lighthouse looks rather dapper in its coat of many covers. PHOTO BY KAREN SCANLON
    San Diego has a new lighthouse, sort of! The leggy iron tower that has stood beckoning ships at the lower tip of Point Loma since 1891 has undergone a full restoration. Now the old rust bucket is in good standing for another century. And just in time. Straightening a three-degree tilt of the upper two sections and rooting out layers of lead paint and desecration from rust-jacking was no easy feat for independent contractor, Neil Gardis of ‘Ohana Industries, Ltd. and his team of three: Nickolas Bliler, Ryan Strack, and Kevin Goodman of San Diego. “From the start, we were more than aware of the lantern and watchroom precariousness,” Gardis explains. “The upper section supports had deteriorated significantly. A three-degree list doesn’t seem like much but it’s a ton of trouble when you realize that there’s metal failure of support points holding 120,000 pounds. It’s a double whammy!” A QUICK HISTORY Thirty-seven tons of ironwork rolled into town on rail flatcars from Trenton, N.J. in July 1890 intended for San Diego’s new lighthouse. This lighthouse would supersede the operation of the little Cape Cod structure that has graced Point Loma since 1855. The station would be re-established at a lower elevation where the fog and low clouds were less likely to obscure its light. Point Loma Lighthouse was commissioned on March 23, 1891, and has since been the operational beacon at San Diego. Automation in the early 1970s replaced the need for on-site personnel, and thereby, the tower’s deterioration began in earnest. Other forced priorities overtook regular maintenance. Alas, the future of the iron skeleton remained sorrowfully uncertain. TO THE RESCUE: U.S. COAST GUARD FINANCE OFFICE It seems when lighthouse properties are sold into private or non-profit ventures that those monies are used to rehabilitate other U.S. lights. In June 2017, San Diego’s leaning tower was awarded a contract for restoration because of its historic significance and location at the southwestern-most point of the continental United States. Initial Coast Guard (hereafter, USCG) condition assessment of the lighthouse had called for abrasive blast cleaning of the entire tower, and removal and replacement of cast iron components showing greatest deterioration. In September 2017, multi-level scaffolding was constructed around the lighthouse, which for many months was wrapped in plastic sheeting. Abrasive blast cleaning removed rust and layers of paint (some, lead-based). This prepared surfaces for new coatings, although at this point, a sacrificial generic paint was given to avoid ‘flash rust’. Ultimately, at least three coatings were applied to everything. As the Gardis team’s disassembly of the upper lighthouse sections began, it became evident that the condition was far beyond USCG anticipation. Gardis sent a quantitative report with a revision of work to the design office in Oakland. “There was no mechanical way to replace some items and not all,” Gardis says. “A multitude of cast iron components would require complete replacement, or be ‘recast’—about 20,000 pounds of it.” Castings were fabricated in Jacksonville, Fla., in an exhaustive process requiring wood molds and sacrificial sand molds for every piece. Fortunately, the original architectural drawings exist and dimensions were taken from these. Delivery of castings arrived bit by bit, the last not until mid-2019. Though the project took two-and-a-half years instead of six months, and $2.1 million, the end result of this massive restoration is a structurally sound and like-new lighthouse. LIGHTING THE WAY AGAIN A rotating, third-order Fresnel lens served Point Loma Lighthouse until 1997. The rotation had ceased so it was removed by Coast Guard personnel in 2001 and placed in storage at Cabrillo National Monument. The giant prismatic lens, a modern marvel of the1890s, gave way to a small, rotating Vega-25 beacon placed on the outside gallery railing. All the while, the tower stood condemned. In 2005, a new structure — known as the Assistant Keepers Quarters—was completed at San Diego’s only National Park to display the lens. It stands today for all to see at Cabrillo National Monument. During restoration work, the functioning Vega beacon was taken from the railing and attached with the sound signal on a platform behind the lighthouse. On March 4, USCG Aids to Navigation Team, Sector San Diego, but the ‘icing on the lighthouse cake.’ To the excitement of these author-historians, present for its first flash, a modern VLB-44 array was installed in the lantern, precisely where the giant lens was once positioned. The next day, San Diego’s operational lighthouse sent the first signal to sea, again.
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    Jan E Hutchinson
    March 27, 2020
    Very interesting piece of history. The photos are wonderful and give you a sense of actually being there. Giant project but they did a super job in restoring a landmark in San Diego. Everyone should take the time to visit Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma Lighthouse.
    Tips for keeping children busy while staying at home
    Mar 24, 2020 | 25149 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    A family checks out the tide pools south of the Ocean Beach Pier at sunset. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    A family checks out the tide pools south of the Ocean Beach Pier at sunset. / Photo by Thomas Melville

    Schools out… for the summer?

    Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom said most schools will not return to class this spring due to the school closures associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

    The closures have caused teachers and parents to quickly put together resources, schedules and plans to keep students on track with learning goals. In San Diego, the San Diego Unified School District announced a partnership with KPBS and the San Diego County Office of Education to continue to provide learning resources for its students. The partnership will include a TV broadcast and an online component. 

    The TV programming will air on KPBS 2 from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. The content will be aired according to grade levels (6-8 a.m., grades TK through 3; 8 a.m.-1 p.m., grades 4 through 8; 1-6 p.m., grades 9 through 12). The digital component will provide access to a library of free educational videos, lesson plans and training sessions. Schools are also continuing to provide food for students in need.


    Having students and young children at home provides time to bond as a family, but it also means parents and caregivers are responsible for keeping everyone busy and engaged. Below are some resources to help better structure the time without it turning into a movie marathon day after day.



    Consider taking a virtual tour. While you may not be able to physically go to a museum or theme park right now, some are offering virtual tours at Try checking out of these national parks in California virtually: Death Valley, Channel Islands, Joshua Tree, Redwood, Sequoia, Yosemite. 

    The San Diego Zoo has a full webpage dedicated to children that include facts and videos about different animals, activities, and games. The Women’s Museum of California has digital exhibits available where students can learn about notable women of California, women in the military and more.



    Universal Pictures is releasing some of its movies early on digital platforms, including Trolls World Tour,” which will be available Friday. Disney+ released Frozen 2” earlier than planned on its streaming platform earlier this month.

    In addition to movies, you can watch Broadway musicals,educational shows on Netflix, and live cameras from aquariums. 



    Some educational companies are offering free subscriptions during the school closures and Scholastic is releasing free courses daily through its “Learn from Home” website. The site offers projects for students related to reading, history and more. Its projects are divided by grade-level.


    You can also take advantage of digital access to San Diego County libraries, which provides access to e-books and audiobooks.



    NASA is providing access to its digital images through this website. Paris museums have put images from their collections online. The Metropolitan Opera in New York is streaming live performances nightly.


    Consider turning to Instagram accounts for arts and craft projects. These teachers and parents share ideas on making things and fun activities that can provide a break from a screen.


    For a full list of resources, click


    Lynn Walshis a freelance journalist and an Obecian. She works to promote trust between journalists and the public through the Trusting News projectand teaches at Point Loma Nazarene University. Originally from Ohio, Lynn has grown to love living at the beach and posts way too many San Diego sunset photos on Instagram.













    • Apps to help you learn and study from home





    Resources were compiled by Lynn Walsh for SDNews and last updated on March 18. 

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