Fools and Kings opens next week on Goldfinch Street, Mission Hills’ restaurant row. It’s the second local eatery from Christian Gomez, owner and chef of WetStone Wine Bar in Bankers Hill. Inspired by Gomez’s frequent travels, the restaurant is his effort to bring dishes home to San Diego that feature flavors from all over the globe, particularly Western Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East.
The design includes wrought iron and a live edge wood bar and tables, with the colorful interior filled with tropical plants and decorated with a mural by local artist Josh Hunter. Open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday, the restaurant has plans to launch brunch and a late-night happy hour later this summer. An official grand opening party, scheduled for Friday, July 7 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., will be the first time the restaurant opens to the general public. There will be complimentary tray-passed small bites, including shrimp tempura in dashi broth and roasted piquillo peppers with tuna confit, along with a selection of the seasonal shared plates that will be featured on the full menu which rolls out Tuesday, July 11. Fools and Kings’ beverages range from beer on tap to wines by the glass and house sangria.