• Maria Wiles

A gourmet trifecta opens in Hillcrest: BO-Beau Kitchen, Libertad and caché


Hillcrest has been increasingly establishing itself as a neighborhood with a whole lot of taste. This culinary revolution hasn’t gone unnoticed as the Cohn Restaurant Group has just announced they will be introducing three new culinary concepts set to open in the neighborhood next month.

Since first opening the original location of Corvette Diner on University Ave in 1987, David and Lesley Cohn of the restaurant group have been interested in investing in the development of the Hillcrest neighborhood. Their new restaurants, set to open late April 2017, will feature Libertad (the city’s first for-charity restaurant), caché (a speakeasy counterpart) and a fourth location of the hospitality group’s successful BO-beau kitchen collective.

LIBERTAD | TACOS A LA BRASA

Dining for a good cause! Libertad will be San Diego’s first for-charity eatery with 100% of the profits donated to a local charity that will change monthly. Executive Chef Beltran, an accomplished chef with nearly three decades of industry experience, will direct the menu. The eatery will derive inspiration from international travel with the menu highlighting Latin heritage. Guests can dig into elevated, authentic south-of- the-border dishes such as duck confit and octopus made in-house on La Caja China and prepared over coal or “a la brasa.” One of the best parts? After midnight, Libertad will transform into a walk-up storefront with late-night snacks served out of a Dutch door for grab-and-go access.

CACHÉ | A SPEAKEASY

From their historic wax paper walls and plush furnishings to their handcrafted cocktails and international wines, caché will make speak-easy lovers say “oh la la.” This 19th century-inspired Parisian cocktail bar will be hidden behind Libertad. Not to mention, well-seasoned bartender Cervantes Magana will be shaking things up behind the pine.

BO-BEAU KITCHEN | A RESTAURANT