NewsLocal News


New Otay Ranch restaurant opening amid pandemic

Posted at 6:17 AM, Sep 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-26 09:17:22-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) It is no secret that restaurants throughout San Diego County have been struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic, but one restaurant in Otay Ranch was forced to close before it ever had its grand opening, just as the pandemic was starting.

Hurricane Grill and Wings was supposed to open sometime between late January and early February, but when the pandemic started, it delayed everything.

The owner Abu Syed is now getting ready to open the restaurant on Monday, September 28th.

The restaurant will open at just 25% capacity indoors and patio seating outdoors.

Like so many other restaurant owners, Syed says the landlord did give them a break on rent, but will owe it at the end of their lease. The restaurant is staffed with 32 employees, 16 of them are full-time.

In August, the California Restaurant Association projected that close to 30% of restaurants in the state could close for good because of the pandemic. Syed is hopeful that he doesn't become a part of that statistic.

Hurricane Grill in Wings is located at 2040 Birch Road, Suit M101 in Chula Vista.