Como Ceviche Calls It Quits After Short Run

March 1, 2017

Como Ceviche has had a sign on its locked door since the very beginning of 2017, but owners finally released that they will not reopen the fast-casual seafood eatery.

After opening in October 2016, Como Ceviche’s owners Johan Engman of Rise & Shine Restaurant Group and local entrepreneur William Lopez of Alternative Strategies Public Relations decided to cease operations of their joint venture. The two agreed that although the concept for their downtown eatery was unique and well received, the amount of attention the pair had to devote to the project did not align with the scope of their current workloads. Engman is currently focusing on the openings of two additional Breakfast Republic locations (OB and Carmel Valley) along with opening of North Park Breakfast Company and Pizza Republic.

"Breakfast is very much a part of what I’m committed to at the moment," says Rise & Shine Restaurant Group’s Johan Engman, "and right now it is wise for me to put most of my eggs on one basket."

Alternative Strategies owner William Lopez is focusing on an influx of new clients including his latest project, The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, a large multi-use shopping and dining complex that currently houses 29 tenants. He is also undertaking the opening of Carlsbad’s expansive dining and drinking hub, Park 101, along with Pacific Beach’s oceanfront Waterbar and 16 Wood Ranch locations throughout California.

"Although Como Ceviche was my first restaurant venture from an owner’s perspective, the timing wasn’t right, as we are continuing to grow so much as a company, and the demand for our marketing and communications services has never been higher," says Lopez.