San Diego's The Marine Room Announces Temporary Closure Due To Covid Spike

January 1, 2022

San Diego's nearly 80-year-old The Marine Room restaurant has announced a temporary, nearly two-week closure due to spiking Covid-19 rates combined with staffing challenges. 

"Based on the latest development with the Omicron variant and current staffing challenges, we are temporarily closing the Marine Room effective 01/01/2022 and will plan to tentatively reopen on Wednesday 01/12/2022," read a post on The Marine Room's social media channels. "All guests with upcoming reservations have been contacted. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to welcoming you back soon."

San Diego's famous Kellogg family purchased La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club predecessor La Jolla Beach & Yacht Club in 1935 and opened the property's signature onsite restaurant The Marine Room in spring 1941. From 1994 until last summer, Chef Bernard Guillas led the kitchens at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s restaurants The Shores Restaurant at the La Jolla Shores Hotel and The Marine Room restaurant. Chef Mike Minor relocated from Las Vegas to replace Guillas in late 2021 as Executive Chef of the property. Minor previously honed his craft for three decades in Las Vegas, working his way up to become Executive Chef at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino's Border Grill restaurant for 13 years.

The Marine Room is just one of several San Diego restaurants forced to close recently due to rising coronavirus rates and nationwide staffing shortages. Urban Kitchen Group's Cucina Sorella in Kensington has been closed for almost a week due to employees testing positive. Sisters Pizza in Hillcrest had to temporarily shutter for a brief period due to staffing issues.