Another Italian-focused, large-scale food concept is headed for San Diego.
Pan Bon has ties to the motherland; brothers Luciano and Giancarlo Anselmi own a bakery by the same name in Verona and while on vacation in San Diego three years ago, decided to transplant a taste of their hometown here, looking for a spot all over the city before finding the right fit in the Ariel Suites building, which will also house the new Javier Plascencia project.
At 10,300-square-feet, the space had room for more than a bakery, so the Anselmi brothers have expanded the concept to include multiple food stations, from pastry and coffee to salads, pasta, panini and pizza, for dine-in or takeout. The menu is still being finalized, but there will be traditional Veronese dishes, both savory and sweet; Giancarlo Anselmi is the master baker, and the restaurant's executive chef and pastry chef both hail from Verona.
Pan Bon will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with beer and wine. The majority of the seating will be centered around an open demonstration kitchen located in the back of the modern restaurant, designed by Italy's CierreEsse with local help from H2 Architects. Though the ground floor of the eatery will open in November, Pan Bon's next phase is the addition of a fine dining section, which will encompass the mezzanine level and balcony, and include a full bar.
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