San Diego's Michelin-Recognized Cucina Sorella Ends Seven Year Run In Kensington

July 3, 2023

San Diego's Urban Kitchen Group has permanently closed its Michelin-recognized Cucina Sorella restaurant in Kensington. 

Over the past 27 years, Tracy Borkum's Urban Kitchen Group has earned a reputation as a leader in the Southern California hospitality industry. The company operates Cucina Urbana in Bankers Hill, Artifact at Mingei, Gold Finch Modern Jewish Deli in Torrey Pines, and Cucina Enoteca locations in Del Mar, Irvine, and Newport Beach. Last year, Urban Kitchen Group acquired Waters Fine Foods Cafe in Bay Park, which is being used as a new catering and commissary kitchen. This past February after a year in development, Tracy Borkum and Chef-Partner Tim Kolanko opened their market-inspired and modern coastal cooking restaurant The Kitchen at the newly renovated Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

Urban Kitchen Group's Cucina Sorella restaurant has permanently closed and the building is now marketed for lease by San Diego commercial real estate brokerage Location Matters. Opened in 2016, Cucina Sorella is a modern Italian restaurant that was awarded with Michelin Guide California value-oriented Bib Gourmand recognition starting in 2019. Prior to becoming Cucina Sorella, the space long housed Borkum's original restaurant, Kensington Grill, a bistro with a kitchen helmed by Carnitas Snack Shack founding chef Hanis Cavin.

"THANK YOU KENSINGTON," reads the announcement on Cucina Sorella's website. "It is with a bittersweet sentiment that we bid farewell to cucina SORELLA. For owner Tracy Borkum, she holds on to 28 years of memories, celebrations commemorated, and meals shared within these walls.  The spirit of Kensington Grill and CUCINA’s “little sister” will linger in our hearts as places that brought joy to countless patrons and Urban Kitchen alumni throughout the years.  We are forever grateful to those of you who supported us along the way!  cucina SORELLA’s final service will be on Sunday, July 2nd."

Cucina Sorella was sited at 4055 Adams Avenue in San Diego's Kensington community. For more information, visit