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 pending home sales lift in January after disappointing December

Source: C.A.R.

Pending home sales rose from December’s extreme lows and posted month-to-month and year-to-year increases in January, according to the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.).

Additionally, California REALTORS® responding to C.A.R.’s January Market Pulse Survey saw more price reductions and an increase in open house traffic, compared to a year ago.

Making sense of the story:

- California pending home sales increased in January, with the Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI)* rising 26.7 percent from 70.9 in December to 89.8 in January, based on signed contracts.

- The month-to-month increase was better than the long-run average increase of 16.3 percent observed in the last six years, and is attributed primarily to seasonal factors.

- California pending home sales were up 6 percent from the 84.7 index recorded in January 2014. The yearly increase was the largest since May 2012.

- The share of equity sales – or non-distressed property sales – fell for the third straight month in January. Equity sales made up 88 percent of all sales in January, down from 89.8 percent recorded in December.

- Equity sales have been more than 80 percent of total sales since July 2013 and have risen at or near 90 percent since mid-2014. Equity sales made up 84.3 percent of sales in January 2014.

- Conversely, the combined share of all distressed property sales rose in January, up from 10.2 percent in December to 12 percent in January. Distressed sales made up 15.7 percent of total sales a year ago.

Indicative of a less competitive buyers’ market, the percentage of homes selling above asking price has dropped from its peak of 40 percent in March 2014 to 16 percent in January. The share is also down from 25 percent during the previous month and 27 percent a year ago.

Read the full story:

http://www.car.org/newsstand/newsreleases/2015releases/jan2015pending

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