Inspired By A Gaslamp Brothel, Madam Bonnie's To Bring Cajun-Inspired American Eats To Downtown San Diego

January 14, 2022

Opening soon in San Diego Gaslamp’s Quarter, Madam Bonnie's is an American bar & restaurant named after the operator of a former downtown brothel. 

Expected to open as early as next month in the space that last housed Sushi Lounge within the historic 1905 Hotel Lester building, Madam Bonnie's is an American restaurant and bar concept named after Bertha "Bonnie" White, who ran a brothel on the property from 1927 to the 1940s as part of San Diego's infamous Stingaree Red Light District. Founded by CPA Christine McGowan, the restaurant's menu will feature plates meant for sharing. 

The food menu at Madam Bonnie's will include items like Cajun prime rib bites, an array of salads, signature house biscuits, rotisserie meats, and desserts like warm brioche bread pudding and ice cream flights. From the bar, there will be several draft beers, wines by the glass and a cocktail program centered around vodka, bourbon and gin drinks. 

Madam Bonnie’s is anticipated to open as early as late February at 411 Market Street in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. For more information, visit