Tasting Room Del Mar to shutter


Tasting Room Del Mar, the Del Mar Village craft beer and wine-centric restaurant, is closing its doors. The last day of service will be Sunday, Aug. 13.

“Closing time on Sunday, Aug.13 will undoubtedly prove to be a difficult reality. We’re a tight knit family here at the restaurant and have built a lovely life with each other and all of you,” wrote the owners in a message to their customers last week. “While we understand the necessity of this action, we’re truly saddened to move away from our home and to know we won’t be able to anticipate your visits anymore. We’ll miss the conversations, the smiles, and the company.”

Spearheaded by father-son duo David and Evan Taylor, Tasting Room Del Mar opened last year in the space formerly occupied by Bruegger’s Bagel and Del Mar Flower Company on Camino Del Mar. In Tasting Room’s goodbye note,the Taylors wrote that in July 2015 they stepped into a “concrete cavern” and projected their dreams and aspirations onto that blank canvas, working for a year before opening the doors to the public.

“We know that day in and day out we provided a welcoming, thoughtful experience with great wine, beer, and food. We’re proud of that,” the Taylors wrote in the message. “Nonetheless, the difficulties of a restaurant are often hidden behind the quality of the guest experience, as any number of restaurant folk will certainly tell you.That was also the case in this instance as, for many reasons, the last year proved challenging even in the face of our dedication to our goals.”

In the last several weeks it became apparent that the challenges they were were faced with were insurmountable and they made the decision to close.

Through Aug. 13, Tasting Room will be open for happy hour service and dinner.

“In this moment, we could write a novel full of memories and sorrows, but we’ll leave it at this: This has been the adventure of a lifetime, so don’t let it stop now. Don’t stop learning. Don’t stop growing. Don’t stop exploring. Approach the world around you with a sense of whimsy and passion,” the Taylors wrote. “Sharing our home with all of you has brought us immeasurable joy. Being welcomed into your lives this last year has been an even greater privilege. We love you and we’ll miss you. Thank you for making our lives bigger, better, and brighter.”