Tuesday, February 16, 2010

wedding forecast by JM :: urban bar & grill

"Urban Bar & Grill: A contemporary experience"
On the first Thursday of every month, my colleague and I attend the monthly KID (Keep It Downtown) event. KID is comprised of catering professionals from Downtown San Diego’s hotels, restaurants and event venues. Inducted by Ms. Julie Larsen, Senior Catering Sales Manager at Omni San Diego, KID’s main objective is simple…to keep business in Downtown. When a property receives a lead that they are unable to accommodate, they email the KID group to give other places the opportunity to propose their space. Instead of dismissing the inquiry altogether and losing it to another neighborhood, KID allows us to foster hospitality business to our Downtown community.

This month, our event was held at URBAN Bar & Grill, a restaurant serving contemporary American cuisine. Although only a short block away, my colleagues and I have never ventured in. We were taken back by its charm and I immediately thought of potential B&W clients. As you enter, the long rectangular shaped hall houses the main bar on the right and high boys or belly bars on the left. With lounge furniture and an area for a small band in the back, this would make for a great reception space while hors d'oeuvres are being tray passed. Separated by a wall, the main dining floor can accommodate 80 guests. With drapery, enlarged mirrors and stained glass, it reminded me of a modern Alice In Wonderland. Imagine the impression your guests will get from this full restaurant buyout!

Their catering menu has quite a selection and at very reasonable prices. And if this restaurant is not to your liking, perhaps their sister companies are. As one of four restaurants under the Dining On Fifth group, URBAN Bar & Grill is joined by OceanRoom, Chianti and La Fiesta.

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