The eateries will be part of The Collection at Del Mar Highlands Town Center and its companion Sky Deck
The influx of new food in Carmel Valley expands exponentially with the reveal of the first round of tenants that are joining the Del Mar Highlands Town Center as part of its $120 million renovation, which adds more than 120,000-square-feet to the complex. Developed by Donahue-Schriber, the enlarged footprint spans a section called The Collection at Del Mar Highlands Town Center, which includes 40 additional shops and eateries such as OH! Juice and Head Lettuce, a new healthy dining concept, that will be centered around a 25,000-square-foot Jimbo’s…Naturally! market that will open this summer.
Located above Jimbo’s and scheduled to launch in 2020 will be The Sky Deck, a 20,000-square-foot culinary collective modeled after similar projects like El Nacional in Barcelona, that will feature eight to 10 dining outposts of various sizes; so far, tenants include Ambrogio15, a pizzeria with locations in Pacific Beach and Little Italy as well as other popular San Diego restaurants.
The Sky Deck will feature eight to 10 full-service dining destinations in one large airy space under a skylight-filled roof around a central cocktail bar by Scott Slater, the founder of Slater’s 50/50. There will also be an outdoor “brewer’s deck” featuring craft beer from Northern Pine Brewing out of Oceanside, another well-known San Diego brewer as well as a Kombucha purveyor.
Dining and cocktail concepts that will make their debut in the Sky Deck include Thai Extraordinary, Ambrogio 15, Le Parfait and a Mediterranean concept by Beeside in Del Mar.
The center’s multi-level parking structure recently opened which has increased parking by 800 stalls.The center also offers curbside restaurant pick-up, valet parking and free charging stations for electric vehicles.
Over the last year, the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board has been reviewing a new signage plan for the center as Del Mar Highlands works to be in compliance with Carmel Valley’s unique signage guidelines. There are concerns that the new plan would allow a total of 80 new tenant signs to be placed on five monuments on the streets around the center, almost doubling the total number of tenant signs in the entire center.