Carmel Valley’s Del Mar Highlands Town Center is in the midst of a $120 million renovation to construct The Collection, which will add more than 120,000 square feet of retail establishments and varied service providers to the complex. One of the chief elements of the project will be relocation of the center’s current Jimbo’s…Naturally! market into a new, larger facility. When that debuts next spring, so too will a 20,000-square-foot, multi-faceted venue called The Sky Deck.
Inspired by a Barcelona public market called El Nacional, it will be a spacious, high-ceilinged collective of sorts, outfitted with a central bar and common area that will be surrounded by storefronts of various sizes operated by local restaurants. Ranging in size from 500 to 3,000 square feet, each of those spots will be equipped with their own kitchen, storage, service and seating areas.
The Sky Deck’s restaurant tenants will include Ambrogio 15, Beeside Mediterranean Kitchen, Le Parfait Paris and Chi Extraordinary, while the central bar will be called Noblesse Oblige and be managed by the owners of Le Parfait Paris and beer-and-burger chain Slater’s 50/50. But that won’t be the only beer or brewing tie-in. Three local brewing operations—Oceanside’s Northern Pine Brewing, Mira Mesa’s Rough Draft Brewing and Chula Vista hard-kombucha outfit Boochcraft—will share a tasting bar at the “The Brewer’s Deck” on a mezzanine tier accessible via a winding staircase.
The Sky Deck is projected to open to the public in March 2020. With its array of retail, dining, drinking and other options, it’s envisioned as a “one-stop” or “stay and play” concept that puts it in line with the similar, recently-debuted One Paseo directly across the street from Del Mar Highlands Town Center. That mixed-retail center opened to the public in March and will welcome a satellite tasting room from Scripps Ranch-based Harland Brewing this summer.