The Taco Stand Founders Taking Over Decades-Old Coffee Cup Restaurant In La Jolla

April 30, 2024

The founders of The Taco Stand restaurants, San Diego-based Shōwa Hospitality has taken over the space long-occupied by Coffee Cup café in La Jolla to open a new Mexican-inspired breakfast and lunch eatery called Comedor Nishi.

Shōwa Hospitality is a San Diego-based restaurant collective founded by Julian Hakim Baloyan and Aram Baloyan that operates such local eateries as The Taco Stand, Himitsu in La Jolla, Shōwa Ramen on the UCSD campus, Convoy Music Bar, and many other outside San Diego. The company recently took over the quaint unit on Wall Street in La Jolla that housed Coffee Cup restaurant since 1998.

Dubbed Comedor Nishi, Shōwa Hospitality's newest eatery will be an elevated, Mexican-style breakfast and lunch concept unveiling later this year in the longtime Coffee Cup space. Dishes will range from sweet and savory morning-focused creations to exciting lunch options like torta sandwiches, tacos, burritos and salads. The restaurant will also sell beer, wine, Micheladas and mimosas.

Comedor Nishi is anticipated to open by late summer at 1109 Wall Street in San Diego's La Jolla. For more information, visit