Quantum Leaps to Reopen

Our sources have confirmed that Cynthia Miranda and Scott Schonzeit, owners of Mondial Catering and Quantum Private Restaurant and Lounge, plan to reopen Quantum’s doors to the public in March.

When Quantum Restaurant and Lounge closed its doors to the public and moved to solely provide service for private parties, many loyal customers protested and hoped for the chic, ‘small plates’ restaurant to reopen.

Although the details of the reopening are being held fairly confidential, the owners say they will be serving a quick service lunch and full service dinner featuring gourmet burgers, grilled meats and fish, alongside their newly licensed and fully stocked bar.

As a kick-off to the 2006 holiday season the owners threw a five-year anniversary party attended by 300 guests who sipped on martinis and Manhattans in celebration of the newly acquired liquor license. There was also a ‘made to order’ quesadilla bar, a mini soup sipping station and passed hors d’oeuvres such as lamb and fig lollypops with gorgonzola dipping sauce, and wild mushroom, spinach and goat cheese strudel.

San Ysidro Sneak Peek

After an April 2004 electrical fire that prompted its closure, the Plow & Angel Restaurant at the San Ysidro Ranch is scheduled to reopen in mid-February, says Tamara Fangman, director of sales and marketing for the resort. Fangman says a more concrete date could be set as soon as next week.

A tiny sneak peek of the Plow & Angel reveals the same classic feel with a significant upgrade, including a new custom-made bar. Chef John Trotta and Sous-Chef Michael Blackwell confirm that both the mac and cheese and the Angus burger will be back and better than before.

The restaurant has undergone major restoration work as part of a $25-million rehabilitation effort that has also seen the renovation of the San Ysidro Ranch, the Plow & Angel’s upstairs neighbor.

Since the Stonehouse opened last December, Fangman says business has been brisk and busy. “We’ve been full every night,” she says.

The Stonehouse Restaurant is currently open for dinner from 6 pm to 10 pm. For more information contact Thomas Johnson at 565-1721. Visit the hotel’s website at www.sanysidroranch.com.

A Doghouse Revival?

The Doghouse may have gone to the doghouse, but its owners say they’re willing to give it another try. Tony Debok, whose Milpas Street hot dog joint shut down after only a year in business, says he’s looking for a new, larger space on State Street to be home to the Dogpound.

The menu will pretty much be the same – gourmet hot dogs, French fries and the signature sweet potato fries – but Debok plans to add fresh select salads to the fold. But the real part to wag your tail over is that Debok will keep his establishment open until 3 am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, a move that will likely keep late-night bar-goers barking for more.

Keep your ears perked up for an announcement on the reopening. – Guillaume Doane