Former Bijou Space To Become Covo La Jolla

February 5, 2018

The long-dormant space that last housed Bijou in La Jolla Village will soon reopen as Covo, a European restaurant, lounge and bar set to debut on Friday, February 13.

"Papa" Doug Manchester tried his damnest to make the restaurant at 1205 Prospect Street into a hotspot, first opening it as an offshoot of The Grand Del Mar's Amaya in 2013 before converting it into the French bistro concept Bijou in June 2014. Bijou abruptly shuttered in Spring 2015, and the centrally located La Jolla space has sat dormant ever since.

Now, longtime restarateur and industry insider Michael Viscuso is opening a new concept in the 10,000 square foot space.  Covo La Jolla will be a cafe, continental restaurant, bar and lounge with a kitchen helmed by Executive Chef Jeremy Fleming, who previously worked in kitchens around New York City and locally at Harvest By The Patio. Expect a menu of global cuisine, heavy on Italian influence, as well as a full bar with cocktails, beer and an eclectic wine list. Starting in March, Covo will act as a cafe and coffee shop from morning through the day with breakfast, lunch & dinner and will transition into a lounge during the late evenings every weekend, hoping to target an untapped nightlife market in the sleepy coastal neighborhood. The space will also offer multiple private dining areas. Covo is currently taking reservations for its Valentine's Day dinner, with a five-course price fixed menu for $95, which includes live music and dancing.

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