Felise Levine | Forest Way
Originally created and built in 1989 by local developers Ivan Gayler and David Winkler, the Plaza is undergoing a revitalization by new owners and Del Mar residents, Patty and Marc Brutton.
In a brief interview with Patty Brutton, she shared her goals for the plaza to modernize, improve signage, re-landscape the ocean plaza, and add interesting new tenants. Several new businesses have already opened, Kim Kelly Fit, Seabiscuit and Jana Ann Bridal, and there are more to come. Kim Kelly provides barre, yoga and fitness classes designed to make you sweat while having fun. The studio also has a small boutique of athletic wear. Seabiscuit offers a one-stop shopping experience selling a curated collection of wrapped gifts, accessories, loungewear and unique designer clothing. Haily Hofer, their enthusiastic manager said, “We’re only a year old, a brick and mortar store and the community is supporting us, especially in the face of internet shopping. It’s exciting to see the changes in the Plaza and to see it come back to its former glory.” Jana Ann Bridal Couture is another new tenant. Owned by designer Jana Ann, who is often on-site, this boutique offers custom designed gowns and individual service to brides of all sizes.
Restaurants are major anchors to a shopping plaza, and Del Mar Plaza will be welcoming two additions to their successful line-up of restaurants and long-term tenants ll Fornaio, Enoteca Del Fornaio, Rendevous, Pacifica, Pacifica Breeze Café, and Shimbashi Izakaya. Opening in the spring of 2020, Tamarindo Kitchen Del Mar will offer street Latin fare such as tacos, homemade tortillas, heathy veggie bowls, craft beers, and beverages. Monarch Ocean Pub, also opening in the spring, is a casual sports bar and gastro pub. It will have a “walk-in from the beach” vibe with lots of TVs and comfortable lounge seating to gather with friends.
With the holidays approaching, a short walk to Del Mar Plaza as well as to the other businesses in our village will be an important way to keep our town vital and our businesses thriving.