Old Town’s Cosmopolitan & Restaurant Now Open

July 21, 2010

–Two-day celebration raises $8,000 for Meals-On-Wheels–

After a successful grand opening, Old Town’s Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant is now open for business.

“We are very pleased with the success of the two grand opening events: the grand opening gala and all-day festival,” explained Cosmopolitan proprietor Joseph Melluso. “We want everyone in San Diego to come visit us and celebrate The Cosmopolitan’s return to glory.”

The Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant was celebrated with a grand opening gala that benefited Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego. The gala was attended by 350 guests, and raised more than $8,000 for the charity that serves more than 2,300 seniors in the San Diego area.

Meals-On-Wheels CEO Debbie Case

The gala featured a sampling of Executive Chef Amy DiBiase’s American regional cuisine dedicated to the melding of modern tastes with local ingredients and foods of the 1870s.

The public was also invited a free event that included stagecoach rides, opening ceremony with a multi-denominational blessings, military color guard and three-gun salute, and a free open-air circus in the state park that was attended by over 1,200 people.

The Cosmopolitan was originally constructed as the home of San Diego pioneer and Juan Bandini between 1827 and 1829. The Cosmo is one of the oldest buildings in San Diego and in California with a history spanning over 175 years.

The Cosmopolitan is owned and operated by Joseph Melluso. Melluso has created 15 restaurants throughout the United States, nine of which are in San Diego County including two in The Gaslamp — The Tin Fish and Downtown Fish Joint — with another Tin Fish at the end of the Imperial Beach Pier.

The Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant is located on the corner of Calhoun and Mason streets in Old Town and there is ample free parking along Juan Street. After 5 pm, visitors can also park for free in the CalTrans headquarters at Juan and Taylor streets.

For more information about Old Town’s Cosmopolitan Hotel, visit oldtowncosmopolitan.com.

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