Is this the year for hotel restaurants? Joining upcoming projects from two high-profile ‘Top Chef’ alums and an admired Baja chef is a full-service restaurant and bar that’ll anchor The Monsaraz, a new 92-room Tapestry Collection by Hilton hotel opening in Point Loma. Operated by San Diego-based management company RAR Hospitality, Westerly Public House will have a local chef at the helm. A fine dining veteran, who is also familiar with hotel kitchens, Jesse Paul last ran a solo spot, The Wooden Spoon, in Escondido. Paul closed the eatery in 2019, and tells Eater that he’s very excited to start cooking and see this new restaurant come into fruition.
Westerly Public House, which will open with the hotel later this spring, is designed to link the seaside community of Point Loma with the laid back vibes of Australia’s coast, connecting San Diego and Sydney by their similar sunny climates and prevailing beach culture.
The restaurant’s main bar, made out of surfboard materials, will be showcasing San Diego-made beer as well as Australia’s wine regions while Paul’s menu employs local produce in Aussie-inspired dishes like a mushroom toastie but also celebrates Point Loma’s Portuguese roots and fishing history with a Portuguese fisherman’s stew. In addition to the all-day restaurant, The Monsaraz will also house a coffee bar run in partnership with local roaster Dark Horse Coffee.