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New Mission Hills restaurant explain themselves amid concern

"Wolf in the Woods" will replace "Espresso Mio" in Mission Hills.
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“Wolf in the Woods" will replace "Espresso Mio" in Mission Hills - Yelp

Mission Hills is mostly on board with a new restaurant that will replace Espresso Mio at 1920 Stockton Avenue in the quiet community just west of Hillcrest.  

Some neighbors are concerned that the new eatery called “Wolf in the Woods” will bring in more noise, traffic, and parking concerns than the business it replaces.

Perhaps this controversy prompted the new owners to post a flyer explaining exactly what they are planning to do with the new space and therefore ease concerns within the tight-knit community.

The flyer reads:

“We would like to introduce ourselves and share with this close community our intended plan for the use if this unique landmark space.

We are a small team of creative and hard working friends and family with diverse professional and personal life experiences. We have joined together as a local veteran restaurateur, working mothers, small business owners, floral designer and a member of a long time San Diego produce family business to bring new life to this once vibrant corner in the heart of Mission Hills.

Our intent is simple: To create a lovely, intimate and family friendly European Café setting that will blend harmoniously into the community. Our offerings will include great coffee, Breakfast, Lunch and Twilight fare with carefully curated Wine and Craft beer selection.

The family of Arthur Porras ASID is thrilled to see his original vision for this space finally realized. Our hope is to enhance the goodwill of this iconic building and bring joy to this historic neighborhood for many years to come.

Thank you,

Wolf in The Woods Team"

Mission Hills is coming alive with new businesses. Along with “Wolf in the Woods,” they are also getting a new supermarket across from Vons on Washington Street called “Lazy Acres.”

There is also another restaurant opening on Goldfinch across from The Patio called “Fools and Kings.”

Local residents have taken to the social media app Nextdoor to show their support of “Wolf.”

Jim Treithick: “Sounds like a great addition to the neighborhood! The more good eateries close by, the less suffering caused by my cooking.”

“Such a great concept! Looking forward to having it in the neighborhood.” – Donna McLoughlin

“Before Expresso [sic] Mio, that whole space was Ron Kiefer’s butcher/grocery shop. There is plenty of parking. I wish the new restaurant good luck.” – Elaine Wilson

Flyer image courtesy of Jimmy Diego ferrari - Nextdoor