KEARNY MESA— A tipster says that Players Sports Bar shuttered this month; the bar has an existing location in San Marcos and will be opening another in Poway next month. The space at 7061 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard will be replaced by Elijah's Restaurant and Delicatessen, which will be expanding from its original location in the UTC-area.
SOLANA BEACH— Another tipster spotted a sign for Similan Thai, opening soon at 141 Lomas Santa Fe Drive.
GASLAMP— And over on Chowhound, there's a report on the resurfacing of a Turkish/Mediterranean spot in the former Sammy's Pizza space at 770 4th Avenue. Though Sultan Kebab & Baklava still operates their popular baklava shop in El Cajon, they shuttered the restaurant side last fall. According to their website, the eatery will reopen downtown on Wednesday, December 24 at 1 p.m. with a menu of small dishes, or meze, from baba ghanouj to falafel, plus kebabs and savory flatbreads; Eater's partial to the mercimek, a red lentil soup.