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Kettner Exchange Owner Takes Over Nearby El Camino In San Diego's Little Italy For Tulum-Inspired New Bar & Restaurant Camino Riviera

June 7, 2021

The owner of such San Diego hotspots as Kettner Exchange and Firehouse in Pacific Beach has taken over ownership of El Camino Mexican restaurant & bar in Little Italy and will launch a new Tulum-inspired concept in the space dubbed Camino Riviera. 

Matt Spencer's SDCM restaurant group - which is behind local concepts Kettner Exchange, Devil's Dozen Donuts, Firehouse, The Grass Skirt, Good Time Poke, Waverly Restaurant & Lounge, and Vin De Syrah - has taken over ownership of Little Italy's 13 year-old El Camino cantina from original founders Mauricio Couturier and Ricardo Muller. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, Couturier was about to open Wolfie's Carousel in the space next door to El Camino, but there is no word whether this project is still planned or under his ownership. 
 
Matt Spencer will rebrand El Camino to become Camino Riviera, remodeling the expansive indoor-outdoor space to have a design inspired by Mexico's Riviera Maya stretch of Caribbean coastline. Expect SDCM's Corporate Executive Chef Brian Redzikowski to redevelop the menu to feature dishes inspired by Mexico's Caribbean region. SDMC's resident mixologist Eric Johnson will also be tasked with updating the bar and cocktail offerings with a large list of agave-base craft cocktails inspired by Tulum. 

Camino Riviera is anticipated to reopen under new ownership by late summer at 2400 India Street in San Diego's Little Italy. For more information, visit caminoriviera.com.