San Diego's King & Queen Cantina Temporarily Closed Following Liquor License Suspension

November 15, 2023

King & Queen Cantina in San Diego's Little Italy has temporarily closed after the restaurant's liquor license was suspended by state officials.

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has been issued a 25-day license suspension due to excessive noise against King & Queen Cantina in Little Italy beginning on November 14 and lasting through December 9. This has forced the lively bar and restaurant to temporarily close. This is the second violation for excessive noise against King & Queen Cantina. In a post on the company's Instagram, King & Queen Cantina claims its closure is for "remodeling".

"The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has issued a 25-day suspension of King and Queen Cantina, located at 1490 Kettner Blvd. in San Diego, after an investigation into excessive noise and loud music complaints brought forth by the local community," ABC said in a statement. "This is the licensee's second disciplinary action regarding this issue."

In Fall 2017, Guadalajara-native Jorge Cueva "Mr. Tempo" Estrella, a seasoned restaurant veteran that allegedly has over 100 restaurant openings under his belt and was once named by Forbes as "The Michael Jordan of restaurants," opened King & Queen Cantina in the 4,800 square-foot, bi-level eatery at 1490 Kettner Boulevard that previously housed Chef Javier Plascencia's Bracera Cocina. Mr. Tempo has since become a partner in downtown San Diego's Theatre Box venue and opened multiple distinct restaurants in the space. 

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