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Facilities, Food and Setting Give Event Space Selling Points

HOSPITALITY: Having Venue and Catering Changes Price DynamicWhen chef Nick Brune noticed a void in the San Diego event space market, he decided to expand his organic food catering business, Eco Caters, and open up private venues of his own.

Engine Co. Acquisition Adds Key Component to Kratos UAV Program

AEROSPACE: Kratos Buying 80.1% of Co. With Option to Buy the Rest

Kratos Defense and Security Solutions Inc. continues to develop its unmanned aircraft business, as shown by its recent acquisition of a company that makes small jet engines in February, and the first flight of a drone in March.

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Marriott Mission Valley Acquired by Miami-Based Investment Firm

Built in 1988, the Marriott Mission Valley hotel’s common areas were renovated in 2017.

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SD 500: Roxana Velasquez

SD 500 recap: Roxana Velasquez in 2010 became the first woman to be executive director of the museum.

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Parking Changes May Boost Infill Projects

BUILDING: Developers Applaud End of Regulation

Tim Foley, a San Diego developer who specializes in building infill apartment projects in the city’s urban neighborhoods, said he’ll likely be able to build more apartments for less money thanks to a new law that eases parking requirements.

SDBJ Insider: Padres Can Toast 50 Years With Swingin’ Friar

The San Diego Padres will commemorate 50 years in the city this year.

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Coffee Co. Cultivates Direct Trade Ties

RETAIL: Owner Makes Deals With Farmers, Also Does Own Roasting

It was a conversation with a very candid customer in the early 1990s that set Jeff Taylor, president and co-owner of Bird Rock Coffee Roasters Inc., out to find the best coffee in the world.

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Startup Comma.ai Moves Its Headquarters to San Diego

TECH: Rising Tech Scene and Lower Cost of Living Draws Co.

Comma.ai, a startup developing driver assistance systems for everyday vehicles, has moved its headquarters from San Francisco to San Diego.

Urban Solace Restaurants Shut Down

Chef and owner Matt Gordon announced earlier this month on Facebook that Urban Solace restaurant, in North Park, and Solace & Moonlight Lounge, in Encinitas, will close their doors.

Big Games Bring $75M

The San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl generated a huge economic impact in the county in 2018, according to a report prepared by San Diego State University Center for Hospitality and Tourism Research.

Association of Corporate Counsel Recognizes Lifetime Achievement

The San Diego Association of Corporate Counsel hosted its 18th annual gala, the Black & White Ball, at the Marriott Marquis hotel. Five-hundred in-house counsel and business leaders attended the spectacular “Old Hollywood” themed event.

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VAPA Foundation Strives to Promote Access to the Arts

The Visual and Performing Arts Foundation, or VAPA, hosted its Inaugural Spotlight fundraising event recently at the University Club Atop Symphony Towers. One hundred arts supporters attended the event to raise funds to enhance the quality and access to arts education for San Diego Unified School District students.

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Second Generation Keeps Eateries Current

DINING: Restaurant Group Sees Revenue of $8M – $12M

Well before San Diego’s Little Italy became a hotspot in the early 2000s, Joe Busalacchi, founder and president of Busalacchi Restaurants, saw its potential.

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Porsche Dealership Design Is Detour From Carlsbad’s Criteria

Building a new Porsche dealership in Carlsbad for came with some special challenges for Dempsey Construction.

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Good Distribution and Bad Hangovers Help Magic Bullet With Sales

Admittedly, Joe Edwards and Didi Edwards enjoy a good libation. But, like most drinkers, they don’t care for the hangover that can follow the morning after.

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