Big Expansion News From San Diego Restaurant Group Behind Born & Raised | Consortium Holdings To Partner With Modern Times For New Coffeehouse, Will Open Butcher Shop & Reboot East Village's Neighborhood

March 21, 2019

The hospitality group behind such San Diego hotspots as Born & Raised, Ironside Fish & Oyster, Craft & Commerce and many others is showing no signs of slowing down. Consortium Holdings is in for a busy 2019, with a brunch-focused restaurant near completion in Little Italy and a 19th story cocktail lounge set to unveil later this year at downtown's InterContinental Hotel. We have also received word that the rapidly-expanding company is opening a sandwich shop, Negroni Bar, and Modern Times-partnered coffee house in the East Village, as well as revamping its 12-year-old Neighborhood bar & restaurant.

Started by Arsalun Tafazoli with the opening of Neighborhood in 2007, Consortium Holdings (also known as CH Projects) now has 13 concepts scattered around San Diego, including cocktail-focused Polite Provisions, classy dive bar El Dorado, neighborhood bar & restaurant Craft & Commerce with adjacent tiki-speakeasy False Idol, two locations of its Japanese fusion restaurant Underbelly, modern barbershop Dover Honing Co., seafood-centric Ironside Fish & Oyster, bi-level steakhouse Born & Raised, and the most recent concept - Raised By Wolves - a cocktail supply store, high-end spirits shop, and speakeasy. In 2017, the ballooned budget of Born & Raised forced Consortium Holding's to sell off its Petco Park adjacent dual concepts Rare Form and Fairweather.

MEGA-HUGE COFFEE NEWS! San Diego’s East Village will soon be home to a new bastion of caffeinated flavor-magic. We’ve partnered with the homies at @CH_Projeks to create the Modern Times Invigatorium, a den of coffee and coffee-affiliated delights, all of which will feature our supremely delicious beans. We’re beyond stoked, and can’t wait for you all to see what we’ve got planned. The new spot will be at 631 Ninth Ave in SD, and should be open and serving tasty beverages sometime this summer. Stay tuned for more updates soon!* --- *If you’re beginning to type the name of another city we’re currently doing construction in: We’re not building or staffing this bad boy, just helping with design and making the coffee happen. It won’t eat into the progress timelines of any other locations. Not even a little bit.
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If you thought that Consortium Holdings would slow down after opening its $6.5 million Born & Raised steakhouse in Little Italy in 2017, think again. Last year, San Diego's hippest hospitality company launched Raised By Wolves spirits shop and cocktail speakeasy within La Jolla's reinvigorated Westfield UTC. This year, the group is rumored to be planning more than a half-dozen concepts, including a breakfast-focused eatery named Morning Glory in Little Italy set to open this spring, a rooftop sky bar & restaurant The Reading Club atop Intercontinental Hotel that is slowly moving forward, and a much-delayed new location of Soda & Swine opening in the longtime Porter's Pub space on the University of California San Diego Campus in the next month or so.

Artistic rendering of Neighborhood revamp to be done by NYC-based Home Studios
Adding to Consortium's lengthy to-do list for 2019, the company will close it's East Village beer & burger bar Neighborhood next week for a six-month renovation that will drastically overhaul the restaurant's design and menu. CH Projects will also open an industry-focused sandwich shop and Negroni-focused bar called J & Tony's Discount Cured Meats and Negroni Warehouse at 631 9th Avenue where the company's now-defunct Juice Saves once operated. Expect a 10 seat bar with a fast casual in-house eatery centered around cured-meat sandwiches from Corporate Chef Jason McCloud and a aperitivo-centric craft cocktail list from CH beverage director Anthony Schmidt. Next door, in the space where Coffee & Tea Collective sat recently relocating to 704 J Street, Consortium Holdings has teamed up with San Diego's Modern Times Beer to open a coffee shop called Invigatorium set to debut by this summer.

That's not all! We've also received word that Consortium Holdings co-founder Arsalun Tafazoli has purchased the shopping plaza at 3401 Adams Avenue in Normal Heights, which sits across the street from Blind Lady AleHouse and approximately a half mile from CH's Polite Provisions. There is no word on what the plaza will be used for. We reached out to Tafazoli for comment but did not receive a response by the time of publishing.

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For more information about Consortium Holdings and its concepts, visit and check out the artistic rendering below.