Given that The Loma Club has plenty of outdoor, socially-distanced seating, the Liberty Station golf course has extended an open invitation to help out San Diego restaurants allowing them to apply for upcoming “Community Pop-up” Sundays.
Launching on Sunday, Aug. 30, this once-monthly, last-Sunday series welcomes restaurants to take over The Loma Club’s kitchen and well-appointed outdoor patio from noon to 6 p.m. at the golf course at 2960 Truxtun Road.
All proceeds will go to the chosen pop-up restaurant. Priority selection will be given to those eateries who have had an especially hard time during all of these regulation COVID changes due to landlord restrictions, no outdoor seating, etc. The Loma Club will further provide support with staff, a full bar menu, and an opportunity for guests to hit the links on the club's 9-hole walking golf course.
To kick-off this initiative, Casanova Fish Tacos will be the first local eatery to debut at The Loma Club on Aug. 30. The mobile taqueria is known for its authentic Baja-style cuisine and award-winning tacos. The exclusive menu will showcase three of Casanova’s best-of offerings, which include:
Baja Style: deep-fried, lightly battered, cabbage, pico, habanero salsa plus signature aioli;
Chipotle Style: grilled fish, chipotle marinade, cabbage, pico plus chipotle aioli;
Ginger Style: grilled fish, fresh ginger, cabbage, serrano aioli plus teriyaki glaze.
Laura Johnson, co-operator of The Loma Club and owner of You & Yours Distilling Co., talked about the golf course’s new pop-up program.
“We just took over The Loma Club in January,” Johnson said. “At the time I was joking with my partner that the last thing we needed was another business to run, but it ended up being a blessing in disguise. In addition to having the clubhouse and large patio, golf is one of those activities that feel quite safe, given everything going on, and we're so grateful.”
Added Johnson: “We wanted to lend our patio and outdoor seating to those establishments who haven't been so lucky with restrictions and regulations. I've seen so many of my industry friends and peers struggling to reopen or offer take-out options, so I had the idea to allow others to come in and hopefully be able to earn a little financial relief.”
Regarding the duration of pop-ups, Johnson said: “We're open to offering our space as long as is necessary, and perhaps even beyond the end of these COVID-related restrictions. The Loma Club and Point Loma as a whole are such community-oriented places, and I think the idea of community-benefiting pop-ups would really appeal to our neighbors and regulars for a long time to come.”
Is this meant to be replicated elsewhere?
“We're not necessarily trying to set an example or create a model for how others can help,” answered Johnson. “We're just trying to help in the ways we can, and this seems really straightforward and a no-brainer to me and my team.”
The Loma Club is in the midst of finalizing its restaurant partners for future pop-up installations, with upcoming dates slated for Sept. 25, Oct. 25, Nov. 22 and Dec. 20.
Liberty Station's retail landlord, a family-owned real estate development team called The Seligman Group, is working to provide rent-free accommodations for several philanthropic activations within their Liberty Station portfolio.
- San Diego Blood Bank Donation Center: As of last week, Seligman welcomed the San Diego Blood Bank to occupy and operate within a 6,000-square-foot office space in The Quarter district of Liberty Station. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, blood banks nationwide have necessitated an increased supply of donations to test for antibodies, yet many organizations are unable to host mobile blood drives.
The suite will act as an interim donation center through the remainder of 2020, providing auxiliary support to meet the needs of local patients. The San Diego Blood Bank welcomes donors to the Liberty Station center Sunday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments are required. Visit sandiegobloodbank.org/LibertyStation or call 619-400-8251 for more information.
- Military Heroes Donation Event: Seligman also worked with the USO, Liberty Station Community Association and The Rock Church to transition the former Ace Hardware facility into a clothing donation sorting facility for the recent Military Heroes Festival, an annual celebration to thank those who serve our country. The 15,000 square-foot venue became a pick-up location for military families during the event, which took place on Aug. 22.