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Ingrid Croce introduces new restaurant in Bankers Hill

SAN DIEGO -- On Dec. 31, the Gaslamp landmark, Croce's Restaurant and Jazz Bar, will close after almost 30 years of business.

But by early 2014, Croce's fans will have a new place to call home: Croce's Park West will launch in the 5th Avenue space vacated by Avenue 5. In a letter posted on their website, Croce said she and her husband, Jimmy Rock, are opening the Bankers Hill spot "not as a substitute for Croce's, our Flagship, but as a new island of hospitality and community."

A striped awning-covered 30-seat sidewalk patio is being added outside, while inside, the bar will be doubled in length, to 40 feet, and offer 18 beer taps, craft cocktails and wine; a tufted Chesterfield banquette will help give the room a 1930's theme.

Read the full story on Eater San Diego HERE.