After a little over a year in operation, Tasting Room Kitchen & Cellar will close in August. The 2,400-square-foot space opened last June in the heart of Del Mar with a large patio and 22-tap craft beer bar, wine cellar and small dining room that served an ambitious, locally-sourced seasonal menu from executive chef Steven Lona.
A tipster forwarded us an email sent yesterday to restaurant patrons that said:
....the difficulties of a restaurant are often hidden behind the quality of the guest experience, as any number of restaurant folk will certainly tell you. That was also the case in this instance as, for many reasons, the last year proved challenging even in the face of our dedication to our goals. In the last several weeks it became especially apparent that the challenges we were faced with were proving insurmountable. With that unavoidable reality in mind, we are announcing the closure of Tasting Room Del Mar.
Tasting Room Del Mar will continue to serve lunch and dinner until Sunday, July 30. It will pare down to just happy hour and dinner service starting Tuesday, August 1 until its last day of operation on Sunday, August 13.
In the message, the restaurant bid a final farewell to its friends and family:
Closing time on Sunday, August 13th will undoubtedly prove to be a difficult reality. We’re a tight knit family here at the restaurant and have built a lovely life with each other and all of you. While we understand the necessity of this action, we’re truly saddened to move away from our home and to know we won’t be able to anticipate your visits anymore. We’ll miss the conversations, the smiles, and the company.