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French Cafe Opening in New North Park Market Space

DAM Park returns this fall

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Eater readers have been asking us about the status of DAM Park, which debuted for a brief preview stint in late May. The 6,000-square-foot venue in North Park, inspired by Amsterdam has been functioning as an event space since then, but we’re hearing that the hub plans to officially open in early October.

One of the project’s co-founders, Guillaume Ryon, is the owner of French bakery and cafe Le Parfait Paris, which runs an eatery in the Gaslamp and is also a vendor at the Liberty Public Market. This fall, Ryon will open an all-day outlet of his bakery and coffee spot at DAM Park, which will be joined by several retailers offering everything from soap and handcrafted furniture.

Phase two of DAM Park is pending a liquor license. Once that’s secured, the owners will activate it’s two bars — Da Boot Bar, made from a repurposed sail boat, and an upstairs gin bar named Daarboven — and add more food and retail tenants. Popular Italian eatery Buona Forchetta is rumored to be among them. The two-story site will also continue to host events plus live music, art shows, weekly pop-ups and film screenings.

DAM Park

4321 Illinois Street , San Diego, CA 92104

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