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A rendering of South Campus Plaza. A rendering of South Campus Plaza.

Eureka! Has Found SDSU

SDSU has announced the first restaurant tenant of the South Campus Plaza mixed-use-development project.
By Jill Esterbrooks

South Campus Plaza at San Diego State University will be a mixed-use project the entire community can enjoy. That vision became a little more clear today with the announcement of the project’s first restaurant tenant, Eureka!, which is expected to open in spring 2017.

Eureka! will occupy a 4,000-square-foot space on the north end of South Campus Plaza with outdoor dining overlooking new green space in the project. The location will be Eureka! Restaurant Group’s second in San Diego, the first being in University Towne Center. Eureka! specializes in American classics with a modern twist with its diverse selection of signature appetizers, all natural, Angus chuck burgers, innovative salads, hand-crafted sandwiches, delectable desserts and a selection of craft beers and American-made spirits.

“Eureka! provides the surrounding residential neighborhood along with students, faculty administrators and alumni an authentic place to dine, drink and socialize while enjoying special weekly events such as our live music, steal the glass and weekend brunch. We intend to become anchored to SDSU for all of their events and activate our enormous almost 3,000 square foot patio adjacent to the park area as a central gathering spot for everyone off and on campus in the area,” says Justin Nedelman, Co-CEO of Eureka! Restaurant Group.  

South Campus Plaza will include housing for more than 600 students, which is slated for completion in 2016. Retail outlets designed to serve both the campus and its surrounding neighborhoods will create a pedestrian-friendly destination for shopping, dining and living. The other major tenant announced at South Campus Plaza is Trader Joe’s, which expects to open in early 2017.

“Eureka! is an example of the high-quality, year-round restaurants and retail that South Campus Plaza will bring to the College Area,” said R.D. Williams, director of commercial development for Aztec Shops. “While new to SDSU, Eureka! has a strong following at its restaurants adjacent to campuses throughout the West.”

Located immediately south of the SDSU Transit Center, between Hardy Avenue and Montezuma Road, South Campus Plaza will provide a dynamic gateway to the university, helping to create a sense of place, while also helping SDSU become a more residential campus.

The retail component of South Campus Plaza will include other restaurants and retail shops. Negotiations with future tenants are ongoing.

For more information about South Campus Plaza, visit the South Campus Plaza website.