Asti, Butcher’s Cut, Grestyone Steakhouse Put Tables On Fifth Ave.; American Junkie Reopens
A group sat at a table, having drinks and laughing, while just down the street a couple prepared to have a romantic dinner.
The people were seated on Fifth Ave., enjoying the pleasant weather on a Friday night. They were taking advantage of Curbside Gaslamp, which has expanded to F Street, a block beyond its original border at G Street.
More restaurants and bar are participating, too. While opening weekend had just half a dozen or so, now there are twice that many. Among them are high-end restaurant Asti, Butcher’s Cut Greystone and Panvvino – all lined up next to each other in a scene that brings to mind a European city – plus Tipsy Crow, Pizza Lounge & Bar, Whiskey Girl, El Chingon, The Field, Rustic Root and SaltwaterVolcano Rabbit and, of course, Barleymash.
Plus, American Junkie is back in business after being closed longer than most Gaslamp places, and has tables on the street.
Even Gaslamp Pizza has street seating.
Overall, it’s a much more vibrant scene than the opening weekend (which was also affected by June gloom) and more along the lines of what is happening in Little Italy with its Al Fresco dining experience.
Unlike Little Italy, Curbside Gaslamp takes place not just one night a week but three: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. It also runs longer, starting at Noon on Fridays and Saturdays and lasting until 11 p.m. Little Italy’s street dining experience takes place on Saturdays from 4-10 p.m.
Curbside San Diego has a nice mix of diners and pubclubbers, meaning it’s not just for eating but socializing with friends, too. People who are seated are generally not wearing masks (they are not required to) but the staff is – even the hostesses – as are more than half the people walking along the blocked-off Fifth Ave.
The cross streets are open to traffic but Fifth Ave., is shut down from the arched Gaslamp Quarter sign to F Street, with most of the participating establishments located between Island and F streets.