Callie Restaurant Chef & Owner Travis Swikard To Open New French Restaurant Within Office Park In La Jolla

November 8, 2023

Chef Travis Swikard, who owns and operates Michelin-recognized Callie restaurant in San Diego's East Village, is opening a new French bistro within an office park in La Jolla. 

In 2018, Chef Travis Swikard returned to his hometown of San Diego after a decade-long stint in New York City, where he rose the ranks of French Master Chef Daniel Boulud's culinary empire to become the company's second in command. In a media frenzy of a homecoming, Swikard teamed up with his former employer, San Diego's Cohn Restaurant Group, and immediately announced the impending opening of a Mediterranean-inspired, California-driven restaurant in the East Village.

Three years and a pandemic later, Callie Meditteranean-fusion restaurant unveiled in the 6,500 square-foot space that previously housed Bottega Americano in a rather rough section of San Diego's East Village. The restaurant almost immediately became a popular dining destination and received highly-coveted Michelin Bib Gourmand recognition within its first few months of operation. 

Swikard has now signed a lease to take over a 6,000 square-foot, free-standing space in La Jolla Commons office park in La Jolla. Like Callie, his yet-to-be named "Provençal brasserie" will be designed by Los Angeles-based Studio UNLTD. Expect 24 foot-tall windows, an onsite garden, and a menu of classic-meets-modern French cuisine. Inspired by the French-Italian Riviera where France and Italy meet, Swikard describes the food at his incoming restaurant as "cuisine soleil," or cuisine of the sun. What that means, only time will tell. 

There is no word on whether David & Lesley Cohn will be "silent partners" in Swikard's new restaurant, as they are in Callie. The yet-to-be named restaurant and bar is anticipated to open at some point in 2025.