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North Park Loses Another Staple Eatery in Del Sur Mexican Cantina - North Park / South Park

J. Maginot

A Crazy Year Claims Another Uptown Establishment That Will Be Sorely Missed
Image Courtesy of Del Sur Mexican Cantina

After 5 years in business, Lauren and Kate announced on the restaurant's Facebook page that they would be closing their doors at the end of May.

Like so many other residents of San Diego, the owners used the unique circumstances of the pandemic to take a step back and reflect on what priorities are important moving forward. The conclusion was that it was time to move on.

It has been a crazy year...a year that brought on some unforeseen circumstances for all of us both personally and...

Posted by Del Sur Mexican Cantina on Thursday, April 22, 2021

A Tumultuous Corner

Del Sur is just the latest establishment to close its doors on the 30th and Juniper corner.

The Daily Scoop Ice Cream parlor closed at the end of 2019 and has sat vacant since. Long time South Park establishment Rebecca's Coffee closed as well, after more than 25 years, citing a rent dispute with the landlord.

Long time favorite Fire Horse closed shortly before that. The North Park/South Park border hasn't been especially kind to eateries, much to the detriment of local residents looking for a truly local bite within walking distance.

The economic oppression surrounding the pandemic claimed many more establishments that were mainstays in the Uptown area.

Bar Pink on University

Bar Pink let everyone know on Facebook in October that the final performance on their stage was taking place.

Tiger! Tiger! on El Cajon

The Tiger! Tiger! team left a heart felt explanation for their closing on Facebook in September. The pandemic, combined with thin margins, made the business untenable. It was a blow to the Uptown community.

Well this sucks. Took my last pics on the way out. After nine years, we're closing Tiger!Tiger! Covid-19 did us in." Tiger! Tiger! on Facebook

The pain in the post is palpable.

These are just some of the many bars and eateries forced to close by the pandemic.

New Establishments and New Life for the Neighborhood

With real estate price realities setting in, it's becoming increasingly difficult for quirky independent operators to keep pace with established restaurateurs.

That said, it seems like the future is bright for North Park and South park as successful establishments are stepping up to fill the void.
A Truly Troubled Corner of UptownCourtesy of Google Maps

Buono Forchetta opened their non-profit cafe, Matteo, in 2020 after substantial renovations to the space once occupied by Rebecca's. Gone are the living room sofas and eclectic decor.
Courtesy of Rob Daley

In its place is a clean, sleek, and polished breakfast establishment that feels open and airy. And, owing to South Park's ensconced ethos, dogs are welcome.

As for the former Del Sur Space?

While the message from Del Sur itself mentions a takeover from a dear friend and South Park restaurant operator. And it turns out that the crew behind Kindred in South Park will be opening what they describe as a "tropical vegan fusion" bar in the winter of 2021.

An interesting and upbeat concept from the same team that brought vegan food and heavy metal music to the heart of South Park.

What's Next for Embattled Eateries

As for now Del Sur will continue to serve up excellent Mexican fare with smile and a stiff margarita through the end of May. Take the opportunity to enjoy the weather on their out door patio and say gracias for 5 great years in the neighborhood.

While we slowly reopen, it is important to remember to frequent the restaurants we want to stick around. We've gotten used to ordering in and having everything delivered, but as the owners of these eateries have noted in their posts, margins are thin the best of times.

If the pandemic trends continue, it looks as though California will reopen and shelve the tier system June 15. We should all celebrate with a meal at the restaurant of our choice. We owe it to them for closing their doors for our safety.

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