Wolfie's Carousel Bar & Restaurant Closing In San Diego's Little Italy

June 19, 2024

After less than three years in business, Wolfie's Carousel Bar & French Bistro is ending its run in San Diego's Little Italy. 

In early 2020, the founder of San Diego's El Camino secured the space next door to his then Little Italy Mexican restaurant (now Camino Riviera) to open Wolfie's Carousel. Partially named after owner Mauricio Couturier's son and inspired by the historic Carousel Bar & Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, Wolfie's Carousel unveiled in August 2021 and immediately made headlines via a public relations push for its unique, working carousel bar.

We have received word that after almost three years in business, Wolfie's Carousel will close at week's end. Employees have reported the restaurant did not schedule shifts in advance for next week and rumors quickly spread the business would shutter after brunch on Sunday, June 23. 

It is believed that Matt Spencer's SDCM Restaurant Group will renovate the space, which sits directly next door to his Camino Rivera Mexican bar & restaurant. SDCM has always had an ownership interest in Wolfie's and also operates Kettner Exchange, The Grass Skirt, Captain's Quarters, Vin de Syrah, Firehouse, The Waverly, and Whaling Bar at La Valencia Hotel.  

Wolfie's Carousel bar and restaurant features a menu of Parisian brasserie style fare, a full bar, and a carousel originally built in 1881 by German carousel master carver Charles "Wolfie" Looff. Looff was renowned for constructing amusement park rides across the country, including the first carousel at Coney Island and the Santa Monica Pier. There is no word on what will come of the classic furnishings.

Wolfie's Carousel is expected to continue operating under normal hours through the end of this week at 2401 Kettner Boulevard, Suite B, in San Diego's Little Italy. For more information, visit wolfiescarousel.com.