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Renovated historic Hillcrest building needs a restaurant

Historic Hillcrest building to be developed into an urban hub.
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San Diego Union Tribune

The historic Argyle Building at 1253-1255 University Ave in Hillcrest is being developed into a business hub called The Wall (see rendering at left) reports San Diego Eater.

The 10,680-square-foot building will contain offices on the second floor, with a restaurant and retail spaces on the first.

Brandon Blum of the  SBMI Group | Real Estate Management & Investments tells the Eater that the remodel will have a fresh design with “living green walls, a sidewalk patio, and an artist's mural spanning the east wall that will feature a theme or subject decided on by the community.”

The only question now is what restaurant should fill the space which was once home to Nunzi’s Italian Restaurant.  

The building has a long history in San Diego, from being a dance hall in the 1920’s to a meeting place for various women’s groups such as the Native Daughters of the Golden West and Ladies of the United Commercial Travelers.

In World War II, a “victory” dance was held on the property to raise money for the purchase of war bonds.

The San Diego Eater reports that the SBMI buildout should be completed within 90 days, with hopes that the new restaurant will be open for business in early January 2017.