Con Pane To Reopen In Liberty Station Thanks To San Diego's Cohn Restaurant Group

July 10, 2020

Con Pane Rustic Breads & Cafe closed earlier this year after 20 years in business, but thanks to San Diego's Cohn Restaurant Group, the bakery and restaurant will reopen later this fall.

Founded in 1999 by owner Catherine Perez, Con Pane moved in 2010 from its original building on Rosecrans Street to the 4,000 square-foot Dewey Road bakery and cafe in Liberty Station. The bakery used European methods to produce more than two dozen varieties of bread, which were sold at the bakery and also via wholesale distribution to area markets and restaurants. In January of this year, the restaurant was forced to shutter.

In comes David & Lesley Cohn of Cohn Restaurant Group (CRG), a hospitality company with many San Diego eateries that is known for financially backing several area restaurateurs. Con Pane Rustic Breads & Café will be reopening under the Cohn Restaurant Group family of restaurants, slated to resume business by late September 2020.

Con Pane founder Catherine Perez
CRG co-founder David Cohn approached Perez, his longtime friend and industry peer, nearly two years ago. The two were in discussion on a partnership that would over time, see Con Pane’s daily operations transitioned to CRG. The arrangement, however, was delayed upon the onset of a global pandemic and subsequent nationwide shutdowns. Despite ongoing and irrefutable hardship faced by the hospitality industry, the deal was finalized on today, Friday, July 10, much to the enthusiasm of both parties.

While Cohn Restaurant Group has an impressive track record for building successful restaurants from the ground-up, this acquisition will sustain the heart and soul of the original concept. Cohn Restaurant Group acquired the lease on the building and has purchased brand assets, including the bakery's dossier of beloved recipes. Local favorites include Con Pane’s Turkey Cobb, Almost Grilled Cheese, Brioche Cinnamon Roll, Butterscotch Latte, Point Loma Sourdough, Gruyere and Chive and Chocolate Bread, all of which will hold a place on the future menu.

The changeover is also driven by the desire to keep Con Pane a culinary anchor in Liberty Station. The Cohns, who relocated their Corvette Diner to the neighborhood in 2009, have firsthand appreciation for the charming locale, its inspiring entrepreneurs, artists and steadfast community members.

"In the wake of COVID-19, the timing isn’t great, but we love Con Pane, and it’s our goal to preserve what Catherine has built over the last 20 years," explained David Cohn. "We want to continue the good work she’s done in making this bakery a great community asset."

Catherine Perez will remain on as a consultant through the remainder of the year, guiding Con Pane’s team with her veteran knowledge of artisan baking. The Cohn Restaurant Group is actively recruiting a lead baker and baking team who will train under the renowned boulanger, mastering her signature old European methods and retaining the craft behind Perez’s breads, pastries, sandwiches and more.

The Liberty Station venue, which boasts 4,000 square-feet of interior space and a 1,000 square-foot patio, will undergo cosmetic renovations in addition to kitchen upgrades that will increase efficiency and improve customer service. Upon the grand reopening in early fall of 2020, Con Pane will gradually reinstate its wholesale operations, providing product to select Cohn Restaurant Group concepts and other San Diego restaurants. While the Cohns hope to eventually expand wholesale production, their primary effort is to restore the business to its zenith and welcome back Catherine’s loyal patrons.

Con Pane Rustic Breads & Cafe is located at 2750 Dewey Road within Liberty Station in San Diego's Point Loma. For more information, visit