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Mexican Seafood Moves Into Downtown Next Month

The new "urban cantina" is nearly complete.

Photo: Jennifer Petit

Karina's Group partner David Curiel, who designed the recently opened La Tequila in Chula Vista and just got a nod from the U-T for his stylish work at the Otay Ranch's Savoie, has been working on a makeover of the downtown space at 925 B Street that last held Chaplos restaurant.

The 5,000-square-foot site will house another outpost of the hospitality group's Karina’s Mexican Seafood concept, which has locations in Chula Vista and El Cajon and a menu that ranges from ceviche and seafood cocktails to Puerto Nuevo-style lobsters and platters of grilled and fried seafood. The previously dark space has been given a major injection of color and custom elements including art pieces and hand painted wall murals.

The new "urban cantina", which includes a bar with more seating capacity, a lounge and private dining room, will open by mid-January.