A Most Unexpected Location for a Restaurant

October 8, 2012 | By | Comments (2)
Vintana Exterior

Photograph courtesy of Mark Nagel

Does anyone else want to talk about this multi-use tenancy: a restaurant and a car dealership in one building? Immediately what sprung to my mind was: “Only in LA.” But then I was immediately wrong, because it’s in Northern San Diego.

I only wish Vintana Wine + Dine had had more fun with their location on the menu. Like why no Dual Variable Valve Timing salad? Or a 380hp cocktail? Apparently, they do have a vodka lounge and a bunch of local craft beers.

So the question is, Does every car dealership need a restaurant? Or does every restaurant need a car dealership? If anyone’s bought a car recently, you know how pleasing three shots of vodka can be, with a chaser, after sitting at the salesperson’s desk for an hour, while they “go talk to their manager.”


  1. Christine Ciarmello

    Sorry to hear it. Sounds like fun.

    October 22, 2012 at 3:11 pm
  2. Lucinda Abbott

    That’s nothing, Christine, you missed the bowling alley/Thai restaurant in Palo Alto. It was torn down last year, sadly…

    October 22, 2012 at 7:31 am

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