San Marcos’ North City development is shaping up to be an attention-drawing new food and drink hub in North County. The 204-acre mixed-use community will combine residential units with dedicated retail and restaurant spaces, all connected by parks and urban trails. Block C at North City, a section of 197 residences located above an open-air walking, dining and gathering space, is currently building its ground floor restaurant row; joining the already-announced, 21,000-square-foot brewery restaurant from Oceanside’s Urge Gastropub and Mason Ale Works are Texas transplants Stella Public House and Halcyon Coffee Bar & Lounge, which opened in tandem the East Village in 2014.
The two concepts — Stella Public House will encompass 2,812-square-feet with seating for 100 while Halcyon will span 1,709-square-feet with seating for 68 — will be located across from each other and will open onto to North City Plaza, which will hold extended outdoor seating. Their designs will be different than the East Village eateries; Texas-based designer Joel Mozersky shared that Halcyon, the daytime coffeehouse that turns into a casual bar and lounge at night, will be modern, clean and colorful while Stella Public House, the artisan wood-fired pizzeria featuring craft beer and wine, will be warmer, with wood, Carrera marble, and steel details.
Stella and Halcyon co-owner, John Long said, “We love the North City project. The vision is exciting, and we are thrilled to be a part of the long-term growth and sustainability of San Marcos - and all of San Diego’s North County. We are happy to be included in this new destination that will truly create a hub of everything our brands care about: community, quality design and sustainability.”
Michael Burton of Urban Strategies Group facilitated the deal, and has several more tenants in the works for North City.