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New Cocktails at Rustic Root

Tis the season for delicious new cocktails! Downtown San Diego’s favorite restaurant and rooftop bar, Rustic Root, recently launched an impressive lineup of new cocktails full of seasonal flavor.

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New selections include:

Apple a Day: Zu vodka, apple cider, lemon juice

Absolut Alexander: Absolut Vanilla, crème de cacao, heavy cream, espresso

Fig Tree: Belvedere, Orgeat, lemon juice, house-made fig jam

Hey Pumpkin: Russian standard, ancho reyes chili liqueur, lemon juice, pumpkin puree

Pear of Gingers: Tito’s Vodka, St. George pear liqueur, lemon juice, ginger puree

Rose Sangria: Chandon rose, brandy, strawberries, orange slices, lemon juice, herb-infused simple syrup

Blood and Moon: Azunia blanco, ginger snap liqueur, lemon juice, pumpkin puree

Rye Not: Wild Turkey rye, lemon juice, ginger, lavender syrup

Spanish Sunrise: Espolon tequila, pressed lime, lavender tonic, grapefruit zest

About Rustic Root

Rustic Root showcases a dynamic menu of rustic American cuisine with a spotlight on house-made ingredients. They are dedicated to serving food that is rooted in tradition, yet has a modern and creative flare. And creativity doesn’t just stop at the plate! The craft cocktails have a classic background with a tasty twist…building on drink recipes of the past and shaking them up into something deliciously fresh. Both food and drink menus feature high-quality ingredients that transform simple, American favorites into flavorful, unexpected, and seasonally-infused dishes and cocktails!

Flavors of Fall Specials

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With San Diego Restaurant Week approaching on September 25 – October 2, we’re sharing following local dining destinations offering special menus. Locals can delight in flavors of fall, prix-fixe menus and more from these restaurants in downtown up to North County.

Rustic Root | Downtown San Diego, CA

Experience a dynamic menu of flavorful American cuisine at Rustic Root in the heart of the Gaslamp District. The special San Diego Restaurant Week menu spotlights signature dishes created with unique and tasty twist. A selection of appetizers includes truffle cheese toast, salmon tartar and the rustic wedge; entrees such as potato chip crusted sea bass and rustic shepherd’s pie; and dessert options of caramelized lemon poundcake and chocolate lava. This special menu is $40 with the option of adding a $15 wine pairing per person. Full menu, here.

Celebrate Your Favorite Foods With These Flavor-Fall Holidays

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September is National Honey Month, a time to celebrate the incorporation of this flavorful sweetener into a variety of different dishes. Rustic Root, located in the heart of downtown San Diego, offers its signature Brie and Honey toast, a fan-favorite and must try dish for those looking to indulge.

Just one of many rustic American dishes on the menu, the Brie and Honey toast is prepared on whole wheat bread topped with applewood smoked bacon, walnut, taj farm honey and avocado accompanied by a frisee and cranberry salad drizzled with honey dijon vinaigrette.

What pairs perfectly with Rustic Root’s Brie and Honey toast? Any one of the selections from its “Timeless Cocktails” menu which boasts an impressive list of masterfully crafted cocktails, each named for the year it was originally created.

Native Knowledge: Aside from its delicious dishes and refreshing cocktails, Rustic Root is known for its locals-friendly happy hour which includes half-priced appetizers and $2 off cocktails from Monday to Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. Rustic Root’s rooftop is the perfect place to socialize, sip, savor and enjoy unbeatable views of downtown San Diego.

Rustic Root
535 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

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Locally Sourced Fare at Rustic Root

Rustic Root to Boast Gaslamp Quarter’s Only Dedicated Rooftop Restaurant

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Award-Winning RMD Group, Hospitality Expert Ken Lovi and Executive Chef/Partner Antonio Friscia to Launch Second Restaurant Venture in the Gaslamp Quarter

RMD Group, the innovative development and management team behind recognized venues including mega-club FLUXX, along with Ken Lovi, founder and CEO of Knotty Barrel Gastropub, and Executive Chef / Partner Antonio Friscia will open Rustic Root in May 2015 in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. Following the successful opening of their first venture, Don Chido, which opened in June 2014, Rustic Root is set to become the Gaslamp Quarter’s only dedicated rooftop restaurant.

“Rustic Root marks our second restaurant venture in Downtown San Diego, and it is important to us that we continue to showcase both our culinary creativity and conceptual range,” said Michael Georgopoulos, RMD Group partner. “Rustic Root combines our reputation for service with Ken Lovi’s expertise and Chef Antonio Friscia’s culinary talent, and we’re confident it will elevate Downtown San Diego’s dining scene with a unique menu and unparalleled guest experience.”

True to its name, Rustic Root will showcase a dynamic menu of rustic American cuisine with a spotlight on locally sourced meats, produce and seafood and house-made ingredients, from Executive Chef Antonio Friscia and his culinary team. The Rustic Root menu will be anchored by signature staples including the double cut, bone-in pork chop with apple rhubarb chutney and parsnip puree, other highlights from the menu will include the seared Hamachi, elk chops and a unique twist on the classic surf & turf dish, featuring steak tartar and Hamachi crudo.  With over 25 years of culinary industry experience, Executive Chef Friscia’s dedication to using local and regional purveyors, as well as organic and sustainable suppliers can be seen throughout his careful selection of ingredients.

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Signature dishes will complement a unique menu of craft cocktails thoughtfully created by Consulting Mixologist Garth Flood.  A member of the U.S. Bartenders Guild and most notably known for his current role as beverage director at San Diego hotspot Cowboy Star, Flood has created a unique cocktail menu that will include playful spins on timeless, iconic and classic cocktails.  Paying tribute to the year the cocktail was created, Rustic Root’s cocktail program will include timeless cocktails such as the “1980” cosmopolitan, the “1941” mule, the “1902” daiquiri and the “1830” sazarac, also known as America’s original cocktail, to name a few.  Another standout element of the new cocktail program will be signature craft cocktail shots—sip-size versions of cocktail classics, including the Manhattan, Negroni, Gimlet and Old Fashioned, finished with a variety of curated garnishes.

Designed by the visionary and nationally acclaimed interior design team at Davis Ink Ltd., the multi-level Rustic Root will include a 500 square-feet downstairs patio that opens to the main dining room on the lower floor as well as a rooftop space that will also serve food and be home to its own dedicated bar.  The 2,500 square-feet main dining area will feature a life-sized Sudoku wall, lighting features that include overhead colander lamps and street-style lamps that pay homage to the Gaslamp’s signature street lamps. The equally sized 2,500 square-feet rooftop space will be dotted with life-size animal topiary bushes, all set under glowing market lights. OCIO Design Group has also been hired on as the architect alongside RMD Development—RMD Group’s construction division.

Rustic Root will serve dinner daily starting at 4 p.m. in the restaurant and rooftop, and a late-night menu on the rooftop. Rustic Root is located at 535 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101.  For more information on Rustic Root, please visit: http://www.rusticroot.com/

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About RMD Group

With more than 50 years of combined experience in the industry, RMD Group has emerged as a driving force in the nightlife and entertainment industry.  They have designed and developed a thriving collection of hospitality and lifestyle destinations that include award-winning FLUXX nightclub in San Diego.  Venturing further into the hospitality industry, RMD Group opened their first restaurant, Don Chido, in May 2014 and looks forward to opening their second restaurant, Rustic Root almost one year later.  RMD’s extensive expertise in design, development, management and A-list talent continues to elevate the level of effectiveness the hospitality industry can attain.

About Ken Lovi

Ken Lovi, CEO and founder of The Knotty Barrel Gastropub, brings more than 25 years of experience in management and ownership.  Having opened over 12 pubs, fine dining restaurants and nightclubs over his career, Lovi’s focus on menu development, service and management recruiting led him to become vice president and managing partner of Moose Restaurant Group, where he served for 15 years, before moving on to establish The Knotty Barrel Gastropub.