Great Maple Modern Diner Set To Shutter In San Diego's Westfield UTC Mall

November 1, 2022

After four years in business, Great Maple modern diner is set to close its location in San Diego's Westfield UTC mall.

As part of Westfieild UTC's overhaul of the mall in 2017, Hash House A-Go-Go co-founder Johnny Rivera and his wife Renee opened a second area outpost of modern American diner concept Great Maple, which first premiered in Newport Beach in 2011 followed by a branch in San Diego's Hillcrest neighborhood in 2013. Great Maple UTC has notified its 61 employees of its impending closure, which will take place after end of service on December 22. Employees have been given the opportunity to work at the company's other area restaurants, which includes three branches of Great Maple in Southern California, as well as related concepts Hash House A-Go-Go in Hillcrest and Wolf In The Woods in Mission Hills.

The closure of the 5,000 square-foot Great Maple UTC restaurant is due to construction related to the San Diego trolley expansion followed by the Costa Verde strip mall, which has been plaguing the restaurant since it first opened in early 2018. This is the second Westfield UTC big-name restaurant to shutter in the past year. Larsen's Steakhouse was essentially forced out of the upscale mall this past April after a five year run and is in the process of being replaced by a new, upscale Italian restaurant and bar from Mexico's City's prolific Grupo Hunan Hospitality Company

A branch of Great Maple restaurant is currently being constructed at Pixar Place Hotel in downtown Disneyland. There is no word who will take over the restaurant space at Westfield UTC mall. 

Great Maple UTC is located at 8675 Genesee Avenue, Suite 1200, in the University City area of San Diego's La Jolla. For more information, visit