The Heart of PB Restaurant Walk will take place 4 to 9 p.m. Sept. 12 showcasing the finest culinary delights east of Dawes Street. Spend the last days of summer with friends and family by enjoying the best of Pacific Beach's eclectic and international cuisine.
Participating restaurants: Hammond's Gourmet Ice Cream, Pacific Beach Cantina, Barrel Republic, Café Athena, Woodstock's Pizza, Jamba Juice, Cerveza Jack's, The Fish Shop, Vallarta Express, Costa Brava, Yogurt on the Rocks, The Broken Yolk, SD Tap Room, Tavern, Mr. Frostie, Buddy's Diner, and Freshii.
Aloha Poke closes
Chicago-based Aloha Poke Co., which debuted June 27 at 4465 Mission Blvd. in a brand new building where Der Wienerschnitzel once stood, has shuttered after just two months. The restaurant chain reportedly has been involved in a dispute with other poke restaurants, whom Aloha Poke was allegedly threatening with legal action for using derivations of the words "aloha" with “poke,” which Aloha Poke was claiming were an infringement on its company trademark.
Since July, Aloha Poke reportedly has been sending out cease-and-desist letters to similarly named businesses, saying they needed to find new names, even longtime Hawaiian poke eateries. The negative attention has resulted in numerous viral posts accusing Aloha Poke of predatory business practices and culturally appropriating Hawaiian words and traditions.
new ramen eatery coming
Wokou Ramen & Yakitori is opening up a second location in Pacific Beach in early November. Wokou will occupy the current space that housed Promiscuous Fork at Ingraham and La Playa. The 2,800-square-foot space will be redesigned to feature indoor and outdoor seating and a yakitori grill facing the street.
The bar will offer beer, wine and a wide selection of sakes and sake bombs. And, just as she did in the Carmel Valley shop, artist España Garcia will exhibit her signature wall illustrations coupled with Mike Dunn’s metalwork at the new location.
Volleyball Tournament and Craft Beer Tasting
The Old Mission Beach Athletic Club is holding its 10th annual Volleyball Tournament and Craft Beer Tasting from noon to 4 p.m. on Sept. 8. The 4-on-4 tournament will take place at Mariners Point, Mission Bay, with men’s, women’s, and co-ed divisions. This event is for adults 21 and older.
Attendees and participants can sip on unlimited San Diego craft beer while watching the tournament in action. Second Chance Beer Co., Iron Fist Brewing, Thorn Brewing, and Bay City Brewing will be pouring in the beer-tasting area. Wristbands for unlimited craft beer can be purchased through Eventbrite.
The tournament is meant for everyone, even those who don’t have experience playing in tournaments. In true OMBAC fashion, there will be awards for the winning teams and the best team uniforms.
For more information on the event or to register, visit ombac.org/volleyball.
OMSurf 25th annual Classic Longboard Surfing Contest set for Sept. 15
Old Mission Beach Athletic Club will hold the OMSurf 25th annual Classic Longboard Surfing Contest on Sept. 15 on the north side of Crystal Pier. OMBAC is calling all surf enthusiasts to grab their vintage surfboards and gather for a nostalgic competition in Pacific Beach. Check-in for the contest will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the first heat paddle out at 8:15 a.m.
All contestants must surf on 1969 or older longboards, 9-feet or longer, with no leash. There are separate divisions for Open, Wahine and Menehune (youth 16 years old and under). Proceeds from the event go to benefit Drowning Prevention Foundation of San Diego AKA San Diego Junior Lifeguards. Those who are interested in competing or watching may find more information at ombac.org/omsurf.
Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 15
I Love A Clean San Diego is looking for 8,000 volunteers to participate at more than 100 sites across San Diego County on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon, as part of the 34th annual Coastal Cleanup Day. I Love A Clean San Diego has coordinated this event locally for 33 years and successfully mobilizes thousands of volunteers, while also supporting cleanup efforts in Tijuana. Volunteers of all ages and ability levels are encouraged to sign up for a site in their neighborhood and help leave a lasting impact on the entire region. For more information about sites and volunteer registration, visit CleanupDay.org.
Last year, Coastal Cleanup Day volunteers removed 137,299 pounds of trash and recyclables from San Diego and Tijuana regions that otherwise would have polluted the beloved coastline and the Pacific Ocean. Each volunteer who brings a reusable water bottle, work gloves, and/or a bucket to collect litter significantly reduces the need for single-use bags and disposable gloves.
San Diego Coastkeeper’s Seaside Soiree
On Sept. 12, San Diego Coastkeeper hold its annual Seaside Soiree to celebrate clean water, a vibrant environment, and the community that makes it all possible. The event will mark the organization’s 23rd year of defending clean water for the communities and natural resources that depend on it, and will raise critical funds to support Coastkeeper’s important programs and projects.
Taking place at theBali Hai on Shelter Island, guests of the Seaside Soiree will raise a glass to clean water while enjoying a front row, sunset view of San Diego Bay and the city skyline. A VIP reception will run from 4:30 to 6 p.m., with the general admission portion following from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will have a roaming buffet, cash bar, educational displays, some friendly competition in the form of a silent auction, and of course, the Bali Hai’s world famous mai tais.
Tickets may be purchased at sdcoastkeeper.org. General admission tickets are $100. To reserve a table or sponsor the event, contact Stephanie Ritter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-758-7743 ext 111.