Historic Horton Grand Hotel To Bring New Dining & Drinking Option To Downtown San Diego

June 17, 2017

Downtown San Diego's historic Horton Grand Hotel will soon revitalize its dining & drinking offerings with the opening of Salt & Whiskey, a new bar and restaurant replacing the hotel's current Ida Bailey's restaurant and Palace Bar on the base floor.

Salt & Whiskey will have a menu from Executive Chef Aaron Thomas, who last worked at Avant restaurant at The Rancho Bernardo Inn. His approachable, yet progressive menu will feature highlights including Pork Three Ways with Pork Tenderloin, Pork Belly, Sea Beans, Quince and Crackling, Pan Seared Scallops with Orange Parsnip Puree, Sous Vide Leeks and Cucumber and an elevated take on Fish “N” Chips as a nod to Chef’s childhood growing up in Wales.

Behind the bar, notable barman Nick Goers has procured an all-encompassing selection of more than 600 whiskeys and nearly 1,000 spirits with an emphasis on signatory blends and high-end limited releases.  Goers will also present San Diegans and visitors alike with such handcrafted cocktails as the Popavardier with Buffalo Trace, Poppy Amaro, House Barrel Aged Vermouth and Fresh Orange Juice and the Doppelgänger with Kikori, Blackberry Brandy Syrup, Dry Port and Creme de Mure.

Salt & Whiskey is an ode to two of the most notable exports of the Victorian age. Conjuring up memories of the Mad Man era where sophistication reigned supreme, Salt & Whiskey will retain the rich mahogany bar, marble fireplace and gilt-edged mirror while enjoying a facelift complete with darker paint tones on the paneled walls and other aesthetic details including a new doorway leading directly from bar to restaurant to create a seamless synergy between the two. The eatery is anticipated to debut by late July.

Known for such legendary visitors as President Benjamin Harrison, Lou Costello, and Babe Ruth, Horton Grand Hotel is a restoration of two separate historic hotels - The Grand Horton Hotel and the Brooklyn-Kahle Saddlery Hotel, which were both built in the mid-1880s and were originally located where Westfield Horton Plaza mall now sits. The Horton Grand claims to be the oldest hotel in San Diego, although the current location at 311 Island Avenue was actually built in the early 1980s.

For more information on the Horton Grand Hotel, visit hortongrand.com.