Popular Los Angeles-Based Mexican Restaurant Chain Kalaveras To Open First San Diego Location In North County

September 22, 2023

Popular Los Angeles-based Mexican restaurant chain Kalaveras has secured a space in North County to open its first San Diego location.

Founded in Los Angeles County's Bellflower city in 2016 by brothers Jose and Francisco Brito, Kalaveras offers a Dia de Los Muertos-inspired design with a fast casual menu of "Latin American culinary classics" and an expansive bar selection. The concept now has nearly two dozen locations around Los Angeles with an aggressive Southern California expansion that includes outposts in San Bernardino, Long Beach, Silver Lake, Newport Beach, Old Town Temecula, and San Diego.

We reported last year that Kalaveras owners were seeking ideal locations in La Jolla and the Gaslamp Quarter to open their first San Diego location. The company has now secured a lease to take over the space on Grand Avenue in San Diego's North County city of Escondido that has housed La Tapatia restaurant since 2005. Expected to unveil at some point in 2024, expect a colorful interior design covered in Calaveras sugar skulls, as well as frequent live music, modern Mexican dishes, Mexican-style sushi, and nearly a 100 different varieties of tequila and mezcal.

Kalaveras is anticipated to open in early 2024 at 340 West Grand Avenue in San Diego's North County community of Escondido. For more information, visit kalaveras.com.