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Cohn Group May Buy Gingham
LA MESA -- Rumors began circulating through La Mesa Saturday that the Cohn Restaurant Group, San Diego's premier restaurant organization, will be the next to try and solve the riddle that has been the corner of La Mesa Boulevard and Fourth Street where Gingham was located for the last year.
The Cohn Group was not ready to announce a deal yet but one of their partners acknowledged negotiations are underway and could be finalized in the next week or so.
"We have always considered La Mesa to be under served and we have wanted to get in there," the Cohn partner said.
If the Cohn Group is able to close the deal, the arrival of that organization would fulfill the deal the Gingham management first rumored months before it closed its operation. No one ever said publicly why Cohn backed down then, but clearly conditions seem to have changed when Gingham's owners summarily closed up shop earlier this month and announced a sale was in escrow.
The Cohn Group runs a range of restaurants from fine dining like Blue Point Coastal and island Prime to casual and contemporary places like The Indigo Grill and The Strip Club in La Jolla. The Cohn family partners with chefs at different locations but all their establishments are uniformly well run and tend to find ways to meet its target market. The group runs the Corvette Diner, one of the city's most popular family destinations as well.
The triangular shaped parcel that was the home of Gingham has had a series of restaurants over the last decade, but none has found the right recipe as thousands have been spent adding bars, smokers and new outdoor patios to the location.
The prospect of having the Cohn Group in town was already exciting local leaders. La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid said he had heard Cohn was back and considering the location. "That would be great - to have them in town," Madrid said Saturday.