Neighborhood restaurant to open in Miramar

Neighborhood restaurant to open in Miramar
This building at 4578 San Jose Boulevard will soon become a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The same folks who are planning to open The Roost in Riverside are going to open a small restaurant in Miramar.

Ted Stein, president, and Jack Charles “JC” Demetree III, CEO and chairman of Roost Restaurants LLC, intend to open The Local, a 65-seat eatery located at 4578 San Jose Blvd. across from the Miramar Shopping Center. Opening day is expected to be June 1, said Stein.

Hours for the restaurant will be between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. The eatery will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, said Stein. “The Local will be known for its breakfast, lunch and tapas,” he said. “We will be focusing on combining local fresh ingredients with unique takes on traditional dishes. We will have a wide selection of wines, along with craft beer, fresh-squeezed juices and espresso-based coffee.”

The restaurant space, approximately half of the building, was formerly home to a martial arts training studio. The other half of the building is still up for lease.

In an email, Stein said he’d selected the location because of its close proximity to the Miramar neighborhood. “We are passionate about being as close to the neighborhood as possible,” he said. “We look forward to people being able to walk down for a coffee or a glass of wine.”

About a year ago, the property, which is owned by the Shops of Granada LLC, was rezoned to accommodate a small restaurant or juice bar.

Realizing residents might be concerned about noise, dumpsters and parking, City Council President Lori Boyer, who represents the San Marco area, inserted several stipulations into the re-zoning ordinance. The conditions stated the restaurant could not inhabit more than half of the existing building and that there can be no expansion onto the building.

Other conditions included in the ordinance were that a 6-foot to 10-foot stucco wall must remain and be maintained between the building and the residences surrounding it; that no dumpster may be placed near the residences; dumpsters, which are positioned alongside the building or in the front of the building, must be screened so they cannot be seen from the street; the restaurant cannot sell alcoholic beverages, and must close by 10 p.m. Modest outdoor seating is permitted until 7 p.m., and no amplified music will be allowed.

“We want to keep it as a place for very modest restaurant use,” Boyer said at the time. “With these conditions, it’s a reasonable use of the property that may actually serve as a benefit to the community.”


By Marcia Hodgson
Resident Community News

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