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Rich Sweeney Closing Chapter on R Gang Eatery in Hillcrest

Bid a fond farewell to those signature tater tots.

Word comes today that executive chef/owner Rich Sweeney has decided to shutter his R Gang Eatery in Hillcrest. The well-liked chef, who was a contestant on season five of Top Chef, first opened the 5th Avenue restaurant that specialized in "contemporary Retro-American" food in 2010. Last June, he helped to launch Florent Restaurant & Lounge in the Gaslamp, where he remains a partner and the executive chef.

Sweeney says that R Gang's last day of service will be Mother's Day, May 10. Until then, the restaurant will continue to serve dinner Tuesday through Saturday and brunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. As R Gang was Sweeney's first solo project, the chef told Eater that this closure is bittersweet but says that he's closing one chapter to start writing the next; Sweeney, who lives in Hillcrest, hinted that he may be working on a new project in the neighborhood.

R Gang Eatery

3683 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103 (619) 677-2845 Visit Website

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