The dish: Mostra Coffee’s Nick Berardi named the #1 roaster in the US

Nick Berardi, the 9-year-old chief roaster of Mostra Coffee Co. of San Diego, has been named America’s No. 1 coffee roaster in the United States Coffee Championships.

Berardi beat out 21 other professional roasters at the Specialty Coffee Expo in Boston last month. As America’s top roaster, Berardi will travel to Milan, Italy this summer to compete in the world championships. Two years ago, Mostra won its first national award when Roast Magazine named it Micro-Roaster of the Year 2020.

Mostra was founded in 2013 by a team of four Filipino American friends, Jelynn Malone, Beverly Magtanong, Sam Magtanong and Mike Arquines. Mostra, the Italian word for “performance,” sources the beans from around the world, including the Philippines. Based in North County, it operates cafes in Carmel Mountain Ranch, 4S Ranch and Bankers Hill. To visit

Fried calamari will be a specialty dish at Fisher’s San Diego, which is slated to open in August in Little Italy.

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Opening of Fisher in Little Italy

Fisher’s Group, an international seafood restaurant company with 31 locations worldwide, will open a San Diego location in August in Little Italy.

Fisher’s San Diego will take over the former Roma Urban Market space at 555 W. Beech St. The 8,700 square foot site will include a full-service restaurant and outdoor patio.

Founded in Mexico in 1989, Fisher’s has expanded its operations to other countries in recent years. Fisher’s San Diego will offer “cutting edge” Mexican seafood cuisine with an oyster bar and freshly caught seafood. For opening updates, visit

Greek chicken restaurant in El Cajon.

Greek chicken restaurant in El Cajon.

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The Greek Chicken is hosting a giveaway for the 35th

Greek Chicken, a family-run restaurant business launched in El Cajon in 1987, celebrates its 35th anniversary this month with a gift card promotion on Instagram. The company also awards 35 points to its top 25 customers who order through the Greek Chicken app during the month of May.

Foti Economou opened the first Greek Chicken restaurant at 955 E. Main St. in El Cajon in 1987. Then, with his son, Gregory, he opened two more locations in San Diego in 2004 and 2013 and a fourth in Las Vegas in 2020. More Over the years, Greek Chicken officials say the company has sold about 4 million pounds of chicken. The chain is known for its grilled chicken, gyros sandwiches and Greek salads. To visit

Dirty Birds launches a range of sauces

Dirty Birds Bar and Grill, the Pacific Beach-born chain known for its extensive menu of chicken wings and sauces, now bottles and sells its dipping and grilling sauces at its five San Diego locations as well as online. Locations are in PB, College Area, Liberty Station, UC San Diego, and Ocean Beach.

The six sauce flavors now offered are Dirty Ranch, Diablo, PMP Warrior, Honey Hot, Flaming Honey Mustard, and Spicy Garlic. The 12.7-ounce bottles sell online for $12.99 to $13.99 each. For more details, visit

GoodBar reopens in Point Loma

After a two-year COVID-related closure, the GoodBar watering hole in the Point Loma neighborhood reopened on April 21.

Located at 1872 Rosecrans St. since 2017, GoodBar is back with new cocktails and food, a renovation that includes new seating and signage, and a new comedy entertainment schedule. The new menu includes a variety of cheesesteak sandwiches, burgers, chicken wings and fries. Comedy evenings are also scheduled on certain Wednesday evenings. To visit

Local chefs in a cooking show in Spanish

Three San Diego chefs are competing this spring on “El Sabor de Aarón,” a 10-episode Spanish-language cooking show that celebrates Latino cooking traditions. Hosted by celebrity Mexican chef Aarón Sánchez, “El Sabor de Aarón” premiered May 5 on HGTV’s Hogar, a new Spanish-language channel on the HGTV network. New episodes air every Thursday night.

The three San Diego chefs appearing on the show are Ceviche House founding chef Juan Carlos Récamier, private chef Silvana Carranza and El BajAmericano founding chef Paul Wallace.

Patrick's Gaslamp Pub has reopened under new ownership of Good Time Design.

Patrick’s Gaslamp Pub has reopened under new ownership of Good Time Design.

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Patrick’s reopens under new ownership

Patrick’s Gaslamp Pub, an Irish-themed bar that’s been in the Gaslamp Quarter since 1933, has a new owner.

Good Time Design, a San Diego-based hotel group with 14 bars and restaurants nationwide, purchased the bar at 428 F St., installed new booths, renovated its classic bar and reopened the venue on April 21. Good Time Design continues Patrick’s tradition of offering live music seven nights a week. For more details, visit

Kragen writes about restaurants for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Email him at [email protected]