PrepKitchen Suddenly Shutters In San Diego's Little Italy With Goal To Relocate To Gaslamp For Fall Reopening

March 3, 2020

After 8 years in business, the PrepKitchen location in San Diego's Little Italy closed suddenly over this past weekend, but ownership has plans to relocate the restaurant to the Gaslamp Quarter space that last housed Monkey King.

The PrepKitchen brand has been a mainstay in San Diego’s gastronomic arena since its inception in 2009 with the launch of the La Jolla storefront, followed by locations in Del Mar in 2010, and a larger site in Little Italy that debuted in 2012. Originally founded by Whisknladle Hospitality owner Arturo Kassel and Chef/Partner Ryan Johnston, the farm-to-table chain of restaurants was sold in December 2017 to David and Deborah Krause of Las Vegas' A5 Group, a hospitality management and marketing and advertising firm. Deborah Krause is the former Chief Operating Officer of Pure Management Group of Las Vegas, a $100M hospitality group, while David Krause was its former Chief Marketing Officer. The couple hoped to expand the PrepKitchen concept around California and Las Vegas and in May 2018 opened a 3,000 square-foot outpost in San Marcos as part of Block C at the North City mixed use residential and retail development. The company also announced plans for a branch at 701 W. 7th Street in downtown Los Angeles that was scheduled to open in summer 2018, but that has yet to happen.

Prepkitchen shuttered its Little Italy location over the weekend and plans to reopen the restaurant as early as this October in the 3,600 square-foot space that last housed Monkey King at 467 Fifth Avenue in San Diego's Gaslamp. We reached out to PrepKitchen owners David & Deborah Krause for comment on the sudden closure of the Little Italy branch at 1660 India Street, but we did not receive a reply by time of publishing.

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