Ben & Esther's Vegan Jewish Deli Announces Impending Closure Of North County San Diego Location After Less Than A Year In Business

April 13, 2023

Portland-based Ben & Esther's vegan Jewish deli, bakery and bagel shop has announced the impending closure of its location in San Diego's North County, which has been open for less than a year.

Named after the founder's grandparents, Ben & Esther's is a New York City-style Jewish deli and bakery that first opened in Portland, OR, in 2019. Although the concept initially sold animal products, it eventually transitioned to be completely vegetarian, then to 100% vegan. The flagship San Diego location of Ben & Esther's opened at the start of 2022 within Aztec Village Center near San Diego State University and is operated in partnership with Justin King and Marc Bennett, owner of nearby Pappy's Barber Shop.

The second San Diego location of Ben & Esther's opened last summer in the space that last housed Tambo Cafe in South Oceanside. This location is operated by the same owners as the College Area branch. The eatery's last day in business will be Saturday, April 29. The central San Diego branch at 6663 El Cajon Boulevard will remain in business for the foreseeable future. 

Ben & Esther's North County outpost is sited at 1904 South Coast Highway, Unit 101, in Oceanside. For more information, visit