Much to the dismay of the chefs who have to work the early weekend shift, brunch might rank as the city’s favorite meal; at least, it’s the one that San Diegans seem to be most willing to wait in line for. And so it’s no wonder that CH Projects, the ambitious hospitality group behind the Eater Award-winning Born & Raised and Raised by Wolves, is looking to dominate daytime eating and drinking with a new brunch-focused spot opening next month in Little Italy.
Called Morning Glory, it will overlook India Street from a 4,000-square-foot perch on the second story of one of the buildings surrounding Piazza della Famiglia where it will be poised to challenge downstairs neighbor Farmer’s Table, an eatery already well-known for its brunch and over-the-top Bloody Marys that operates popular locations in La Mesa and Bay Park.
In charge of food and drink are culinary director Jason McLeod and beverage director Anthony Schmidt, and Paul Basile of Basile Studio is back for the design, once again drawing from a number of eras and design genres including 1970s and 1980s style, Southwestern colors, and even some nods to architecture icon Frank Lloyd Wright. His interior includes an overhead sunburst installation, an oversized living plant wall, and stained-glass windows. Wrapped around the outside of the restaurant will be an articulating animated window system that will move throughout the day according to the weather.
Some key elements from other CH Projects properties will show up as well, including a coffee and pastry bar similar to Ironside’s and the custom bar carts from Born & Raised. Hoping to mitigate the dreaded brunch line, Morning Glory will take reservations as well as walk-ins.