The lease is signed and planning is underway for a new restaurant for Mexican cuisine aficionados and families at Del Mar Highlands Town Center from Diane Powers’ Bazaar del Mundo Restaurant Group. The new restaurant will take the former Red Robin space and is expected to open in spring 2013.
In keeping with its sister restaurants, Casa de Pico in La Mesa, Casa Guadalajara in Old Town and Casa de Bandini in Carlsbad, the new family-friendly entity will serve authentic, regional Mexican cuisine.
"We work hard to cultivate tenants who have San Diego origins," said Elizabeth Schreiber, vice president and general manager for Donahue Schriber, owner and operator of Del Mar Highlands Town Center. "We're thrilled to welcome Diane Powers' latest venture to our line-up of top restaurants, as she continues her history of creating beautiful restaurants and delicious Mexican cuisine for families all over San Diego County."
The building will undergo a complete renovation and expansion, and reflect Powers’ sense of design that uniquely captures the spirit of Mexico. The restaurant’s expansion will include outdoor dining with her signature colorful umbrellas, authentic Talavera tiled fountains and specimen plants. Dining rooms will be filled with fine Mexican folk art, comfortable furniture, hand-painted stucco walls and chairs upholstered in colorful handwoven Zapotec fabrics from Oaxaca, Mexico. Jewel-like glass and brass lanterns will cascade from the ceiling.
The menu, now in design, will showcase entrees made with a variety of fresh sauces, seafood dishes, healthy choice options, vegetarian and gluten-free items, as well as a children's menu. Also featured will be the same frosty, giant margaritas that have led to the popularity of Powers’ restaurants.
The restaurant will bring with it the same romantic essence of Old Mexico – with colorful dining rooms, a festive cantina, mariachis and lush outdoor patio landscaping, that distinguish her restaurants throughout the County.
“We are so excited to be part of this vibrant location, and look forward to welcoming the area’s families and business clientele,” Powers said.
Casa Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant is at the entrance to Old Town on the corner of Taylor and Juan Streets. Casa de Pico is located at 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, (619)463-3267. Casa de Bandini is located at 1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, (760) 634-3443. For more information call (619)296-3161 or visit
— Submitted press release.