The Pachamama Saga Seemingly Continues In San Diego's Normal Heights

December 15, 2021

Despite announcing its permanent closure early last month, controversial Pachamama restaurant in San Diego's Normal Heights is currently promoting holiday specials and events on its Twitter feed.

After being open up until last Halloween weekend, Pachamama suddenly closed in early November 2022. Although there was no announcement at the time, it was reported that a moving truck was seen outside of the restaurant emptying equipment and furniture from the building. Following our article about the closure, a social media post was published detailing a plan to relocate the restaurant to the Venice Beach area of Los Angeles.

This week, we saw Twitter posts on Pachamama's feed promoting holiday events at the restaurant in Normal Heights, including marketing the venue for Christmas parties, promoting a New Year's Eve Party, and even a Tweet from December 5 advertising gift cards for purchase. We reached out to owner Vick Vannucci for information but did not receive any response. We also called the restaurant's listed phone number but did not connect with anyone.  
Pachamama opened in October 2019 in the space that last housed Cafe Cabaret in San Diego's Normal Height neighborhood. The mostly-organic South American fusion restaurant was founded by Maria Victoria "Vick" Vannucci, a former tennis professional and model who previously lived in Miami from 2016 until relocating to San Diego. Vannucci had left her home country of Argentina after a series of controversies that included backlash due to the dissemination of images of her and husband & media model Matias Garfunkel posing with hunted wild animals in Africa.

The distribution of the photos of Vannucci with big game animals resulted in the businesswoman filing a successful lawsuit against both her hometown municipality and social media behemoth Twitter. Vannucci's allegedly estranged husband was also charged for smuggling millions of dollars worth of art during their relationship. Vannucci hoped to start anew in San Diego, even vowing to donate a portion of profits to go toward protecting endangered animal species, but controversy continued to surround her, from being accused to speeding her luxury car around San Diego to allegedly calling the police on former employees

The Pachamama restaurant space at at 3737-3739 Adams Avenue is currently being marketed for lease by local real estate firm Location Matters. For more information, visit