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Plans Disclosed to Redevelop Grand Pacific Hotel Building


RMD Group, a development and management company, announced plans to redevelop the historic Grand Pacific Hotel, a 15,000-square-foot building in the heart of Downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. The plans include a long-term lease with San Diego-based real estate investment and management company HP investors.

The property, located at 360 Fifth Ave., benefits from its high-traffic location on the corner of Fifth and J Streets. It will be transformed into a multi-level, multi-concept restaurant and bar, according to the announcement.

RMD Group will begin its multimillion-dollar investment into the property starting spring 2018. The new, yet-to-be-named concept will open to the public in mid-2019.

“The Gaslamp truly is ‘home’ for us at RMD Group, so when we heard about the opportunity with this historic space located in our own backyard, we naturally jumped at the chance to work with HP Investors to develop an entertainment and dining destination unlike anything we’ve created before,” said RMD Group Partner Michael Georgopoulos. “Our goal is to establish a true entertainment hub where food, wine, beer, cocktails and music come together in a variety of unique spaces and experiences perfect for everyday dining, drinking and special large-scale meetings and events.”

“The Grand Pacific Hotel is a historic and important building for San Diego, so we wanted to focus on a thoughtful redevelopment of the site that kept the integrity of the building while offering a modern concept that reflects the future of the Gaslamp,” said HP Investors Managing Partner Sumeet Parekh. “In RMD, we got a partner who has the experience and knowledge to not only pull off the renovation but also be successful long-term.”

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Tacos and Tequila Fueling the Gaslamp’s New Volcano Rabbit


Set to reopen Friday, February 16 after temporarily shuttering last fall, the rebooted Don Chido is now called Volcano Rabbit. Named after a real animal — the world’s second-smallest rabbit which is native to Mexico — the restaurant from RMD Group (Rustic Root, Side Bar, Salvucci’s) has an all-new menu and bar program that positions it at as a fresh addition to the Gaslamp nightlife scene.

Reimagined by local firm Ocio Design Group to resemble a traditional Mexican hacienda with both playful and elegant touches, the Fifth Avenue restaurant’s menu revolves around tacos from executive chef Andre Alto that range from chili-rubbed octopus to seared ahi, sticky beef short rib and blackened-lime shrimp. And each month, Volcano Rabbit will rotate in a deluxe special taco; priced at $20, the over-the-top options will include baked lobster with katafi, poached quail egg, citrus aioli and sturgeon caviar; sea scallop with arancini cake, lemon coulis, crispy yam and bacon pop rock; and beef cheek with brioche toast, foie gras, marrow butter and mascarpone sauce. There are larger entrees too, such as a shareable meat board piled with carne asada, carnitas, a duck leg and more.

Bringing the party is menu of agave spirits menu that offers more than 175 selections from around the globe. Beyond craft cocktails, margarita variations and large-format drinks, the bar also has a bottle service program that includes a “mix-and-match” mini-bottle option which gives guests the choice of three mini spirits bottles from more than 30 options. And serious tequila collectors can even have their own tequila locker on-site, with memberships including discounted bottle pricing,

Volcano Rabbit will also host DJs every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; a weekly Saturday party brunch will feature build-your-own ceviche stations and brunch bottle service.

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RMD Group Partners With Hard Rock Hotel


If you’ve celebrated Halloween or New Year’s Eve at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego in the past year, you’ve already seen a glimpse of RMD’s work.

The team behind some of San Diego’s most popular venues such as FLUXX Nightclub, Rustic Root and Side Bar has entered a new full-time partnership with the musically-charged Hard Rock Hotel.

For the party people of San Diego, the news means this: RMD Group will take over managing 207 bar and Float Rooftop Lounge starting this month. You can expect more epic parties and updates to the hotel’s nightlife venues, as well as larger-than-life themes that the RMD Group has become most known for. For more information, visit rmdgroupsd.com.

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