Bob Eubank, of Eubank Family-Owned Old California Restaurant Row, was the featured speaker to an engaged crowd of local businesses at the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce "Connections Breakfast," a quarterly breakfast event
hosted by the Chamber on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at the Broken Yolk Cafe. Bob was joined by Vera Eubank, the Eubank-family matriarch, Bob's mother, and wife of deceased restaurant row founder and major Los Angeles and San Diego developer James R. Eubank. The future of the Eubank-family was respresented by Bob's son Tai Eubank.
Old California Restaurant Row
, a well known San Marcos landmark is one of North County's largest dining and entertainment areas, comprising 15-restaurants with parking adjacent to San Marcos Edwards Theaters
Bob fun facts about the history of restaurant row,
and his father James' vision and search more than 40-years ago, to gather "old world" style building materials from structures scheduled for demolition. At the time that James began to conceptualize his plans for the property, he was in his 60's and North San Diego County was little more than a sparsely populated areas and San Marcos was comprised of a wide variety of local chicken farms. Vera said when James asked her to take a drive from their then home to the little known community of San Marcos, she thought only that it would make an interesting opportunity for a sight-seeing drive.
Bob's mother Vera, who quickly learned James was not slated to retire as she had supposed, supported the new Eubank-family project by growing and selling fruits and vegetables, selling pies baked and donated by her mother on weekends, and later operating a nursery. Vera is a lively and engaging woman, now in her 90's, who plays the violin, loves music, is always on the go, and remains vitally interested and supportive of the Eubank family's ventures including the future generation of the Eubank family represented by her accomplished grandchildren.
Plans for Old California Restaurant Row include redevelopment of the old "Sears building" by developer Michael (Mike) McDonald. Mike, a long-time major developer in the City of San Marcos, who is currently developing a wide variety of projects including North City
, was on hand to share his renderings and drawings detailing his plans for the property connecting Old California Restaurant Row and the San Marcos Edwards Theaters. The connecting property is well known to long-time locals as the old Sears building.
Mike shared his vision, drawings and answered questions from the highly-engaged crowd representing local commercial and industrial businesses. Mike's plans to revitalize the property include creating an upscale paseo to permit easy access between San Marcos Edwards Theaters and Old California Restaurant Row, while creating an engaging living and community space to further enrich and beautify the views and surroundings for local residents and the growing City of San Marcos..
City of San Marcos City Manager, Jack Griffin
, and Tess Radmill
, Economic Development Manager, were on hand to answer questions for the City. Jack Griffin briefly answers questions similar to those he fielded when he was the featured speaker at the Chamber's recent October 2015 quarterly breakfast. Jack updated information about the Creek District and briefly addressed the future bridge project. Tess, who works to build strong partnerships with local businesses and community leadership which includes serving on the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors,
also works to support and promote City goals with Innovate 78
, a project conceptualized by the five Mayors of the cities located along the 78 corridor - San Marcos, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista and Escondido, to boost economic prosperity in North San Diego County.
Project plans shared by the Eubank-family and their developer are available for viewing on the San Marcos Chamber website through the links displayed below:
OLD CALIFORNIA RESTAURANT ROW MODIFICATION PLANS:
Old California Restaurant Row Modifications as of January 2016, View v1a
Old California Restaurant Row Modifications as of January 2016, View v1b
Old California Restaurant Row Modifications as of January 2016, View v1c
Old California Restaurant Row Modifications as of January 2016, View v1d
Old California Restaurant Row Modifications as of January 2016, View v1e
Old California Restaurant Row Modifications as of January 2016, View v1f