Verbena Kitchen Ends Run In San Diego's North Park After Less Than 2 Years

May 20, 2023

After less than 2 years in business, Verbena Kitchen has ended its run in San Diego's North Park. 

In 2021, longtime San Diego chef Ronnie Schwandt, along with his wife Laura and partner Jillian Ziska, took over the University Avenue space that last housed Splash Wine Lounge for the opening of a seasonal-inspired restaurant named Verbena Kitchen. Schwandt, who was long employed by Coronado's Blue Bridge Hospitality, eventually left Verbena after about a year and returned to Blue Bridge's employ where he now holds the position of Corporate Chef. 

We have now received word that the 55-seat Verbena Kitchen has permanently closed, although no announcement has been made on the company's social media channels. There is no word on what will come to the quaint space at 3043 University Avenue in North Park. 

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