Food Network 'Makeover' Coming to Jackson Drive

 JACKSON DRIVE -- A little non-descript neighborhood diner just north of La Mesa on Jackson Drive is about to go national.

The Trails Neighborhood Eatery has been selected for the Food Network's makeover show, Restaurant: Impossible. The diner, a sort of homecooking little place in a strip plaza, will close on July 11 and be worked over by restaurant expert Robert Irvine who will have 48 hours and $10,000 to reinvigorate an establishment that has been underachieving with its traditional approach to things.

On the evening of July 12, the restaurant will have a grand re-opening. The entire process, from closure to re-opening will be filmed for an episode on the popular cable network. Local residents can make a reservation for that evening by calling 619-667-2233. That night will be filmed as part of the show.

Stacey Poon-Kinney, the restaurants peripatetic 33-year-old owner, said the restaurant is adored by its regular customers, but she needs to find ways to attract more and different customers. Turning her place over to Irvine (pictured right), she admits, is a bit of a challenge.

"I'm a bit of a control freak,'' Poon-Kinney said. "I may have a bit of trouble taking orders.''

Still, Poon-Kinney said she's hoping the drama of the quick makeover will make it easier for her dedicated customers to deal with change.

Poon-Kinney said she inherited much of the menu when she and her father -- whom she describes as a "not so quiet partner'' -- bought the restaurant five years ago. She described it as heavy on the "comfort'' foods and she's got some ideas she'd like to pursue to add a bit more character to the place.

Poon-Kinney is a former volleyball coach and dancer turned restaurateur. She is following a family tradition in the business.

She lives in Spring Valley with her two children and her husband, the artist who paints under the name Saratoga Sake.

A non-stop marketer, Poon-Kinney is suggesting local residents visit prior to July 11th so they can come back after the makeover and have experienced the "before and after.''

The restaurant is located at 7389 Jackson Drive, just up the hill from Mission Trails Regional Park. It is in the San Carlos part of San Diego, but draws many customers from La Mesa's northside neighborhoods as well.

 

 

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California housing market bounces back in February after slow start to year

Source: C.A.R.

Slowing home price appreciation and improving inventory combined to boost California’s housing market in February as existing home sales and median home prices increased from both the previous month and year, according to the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.). Making sense of the story:

 Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 368,160 units in February, according to information collected by C.A.R. from more than 90 local REALTOR® associations and MLSs statewide.

 Sales in February were up 4.7 percent from a revised 351,480 in January and up 2.4 percent from a revised 359,600 in February 2014. The year-over-year increase was the largest observed since December 2012.

 “While February’s statewide improvement in the housing market was moderate, it’s an encouraging sign, nevertheless, as we head into the spring home-buying season,” said C.A.R. President Chris Kutzkey. “On the supply side, housing inventory improved overall with active listings growing at a faster pace of 5.3 percent when compared to last February.”

 The median price of an existing, single-family detached California home was essentially flat from January’s median price, inching up from $426,660 in January to $428,970 in February. February’s median price was 5.5 percent higher than the revised $406,460 recorded in February 2014.

 While the statewide median home price is higher than a year ago, the rate of increase has narrowed significantly since early 2014. The median sales price is the point at which half of homes sold for more and half sold for less; it is influenced by the types of homes selling as well as a general change in values.

 The available supply of existing, single-family detached homes for sale statewide in February was unchanged from the 5 months reported in January. The index was 4.7 months in February 2014. The index indicates the number of months needed to sell the supply of homes on the market at the current sales rate.

 The median number of days it took to sell a single-family home shortened in February, down from a 52.4 days in January to 47 days in February but up from 40.1 days in February 2014.

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