CH Projects Unveils Initial Plans For New Little Italy Concept

October 27, 2015

San Diego-based social and culinary collective CH Projects (Ironside Fish & Oyster, Craft & Commerce, Underbelly and more) has acquired the lease on their newest endeavor - the property formerly occupied by Nelson Photo Supplies in the heart of Little Italy at 1909 India Street. The company intends to perform a $2.5million build-out that will transform the building into a 10,000-square-foot-plus, 2 story, indoor-outdoor steakhouse-style restaurant and cocktail bar, the company's biggest project to date.

CH first made their mark on Little Italy’s hospitality landscape with the launch of Craft & Commerce in 2009, which is currently undergoing a remodel to welcome an adjacent new dual-concept space in early 2016. Since then, CH has helped to propel the neighborhood’s culinary reputation forward with the launch of UnderBelly’s flagship location in 2011, followed by Ironside Fish & Oyster, helmed by Michelin-starred chef Jason McLeod, in 2014. With 12 unique concepts in their collective (Neighborhood, Noble Experiment, El Dorado, Polite Provisions, Soda & Swine, Craft & Commerce, UnderBelly, Rare Form, Fairweather, Juice Saves and Ironside Fish & Oyster), CH Projects continues in a steady pattern of growth with this new Little Italy endeavor.

CH’s new concept will transform the existing 4,500 square foot one-story building into a two-story, 10,000 square foot indoor-outdoor restaurant venue, complimented by a gourmet retail store. The rumored name of the location is Born & Raised, and it is believed that it will be a steakhouse-style concept. San Diego-based design impresario, Paul Basile of BASILE Studio will lead the design and fabrication of what’s to be a 2.5 million dollar build out. While specifics on the new project are currently under wraps, construction is slated to begin in early November with a projected opening as early as June 2016.

The property itself was initially home to a neighborhood drug store and soda fountain that was originally built in 1931. Nelson Photo Supplies just celebrated 65 years in business and had been at 1909 India Street for 60 of them before closing today. Owner Larry Kuntz will be moving to 3625 Midway Drive in Point Loma Plaza and should be open for business as early as October 30.