Lavo Italian Restaurant To Shutter In San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter After Less Than Two Years In Business

January 25, 2024

New York City-based Tao Group Hospitality will soon shutter its LAVO Italian restaurant concept in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter after less than two years in business.

In April 2021, news broke that Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corporation subsidiary Tao Group Hospitality acquired Hakkasan Group, creating a hospitality powerhouse that included a global portfolio of 61 entertainment dining and nightlife venues in 22 markets across five continents. In San Diego at the time, Hakkasan Group owned three concepts - Searsucker restaurant and Omnia night club, both in the Gaslamp Quarter, and Herringbone in La Jolla. 

Tao Group founded the flagship LAVO Italian Restaurant at The Palazzo at The Venetian Las Vegas in 2008. Since then, a second U.S. location opened in New York City with a third unveiled in early 2022 on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. There are also Lavo locations in London, Singapore and Mexico City. 

In June 2022, Lavo opened in the space that long housed celebrity chef Brian Malarkey's Searsucker restaurant in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. Following news that Lavo recently closed its New York City location, we have received word the San Diego branch will permanently shutter after the end of service on March 28. The Lavo business is currently listed as an asset sale at the price of 1,950,000 by local real estate brokerage Next Wave Commercial. There is no word on what the monthly rent is for the 8,840 square-foot, bi-level space.  

LAVO San Diego is located at 611 Fifth Avenue in downtown San Diego. For more information, visit