Big news broke yesterday about a new arts complex in the works, when the renowned La Jolla Music Society announced its plan to build a $40 million performing arts center in San Diego that includes two performance spaces and educational facilities.
The 31,000-square-foot site at 7600 Fay Avenue, across from the new cinema that's going into Jonathan's Market, currently houses a number of tenants, including its anchor Tapenade Restaurant, which first opened in 1998.
The music society's new center, scheduled to debut in Fall 2017, will include "a restaurant adjoining an outdoor public space." According to one report, Tapenade owner Jean-Michel Diot, who also founded Les Halles in New York, said that the original property owner led him to believe that the French restaurant might be able to stay in the space, but it's now clear that Tapenade will need to move.
In a statement, the organization said that "La Jolla Music Society is excited that we as an institution have the unique opportunity to make a lasting contribution to the La Jolla community and cultural life in San Diego. As a long-time La Jolla community member, we are deeply committed to our neighborhood and are doing what we can to help the tenants through their transition."
The restaurant told Eater that they will remain at their current location until the end of January; meanwhile, the owners will look into possible relocation.
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