Located on the ground floor of an office building at the intersection of 10th Avenue and B Street, Karina’s was flooded last month when faulty pipes on the second floor burst. The flooding caused both significant damage resulting in the immediate closure of the restaurant.
With some difficulty, the decision was made to find a new location nearby, and to open a new Karina’s Mexican Seafood as quickly as possible. The new location will serve area residents, workers and visitors the excellent Mexican fare for which they returned time and again. There continues to be a large and lively demand for the authentic ceviches, cocteles, Mexican seafood entrees and other specialties that are Karina’s trademarks. While it would take more than a flood to keep Karina’s and its customers apart, it will take a little time to bring them back together in a beautiful new venue. In the meantime, guests can visit any of the restaurant group’s other five Karina’s Mexican Seafood locations in Bonita, Otay Ranch, National City, El Cajon and Encinitas.
“This has been a disappointing setback for us, but we will create another Karina’s nearby to serve our many downtown customers,” said Karina’s Group partner David Contreras Curiel.
Now recognized as one of the premier Mexican dining destinations in the county, the first Karina’s Mexican Seafood was opened in 1981 by Don Arnulfo Contreras, who named the restaurant after his eldest daughter. A loyal clientele grew rapidly, declaring Karina’s the top choice for authentic Mexican seafood dishes, an expansive selection of unique made-to-order ceviches, Puerto Nuevo style lobster and coastal specialties from Sinaloa – birthplace of Contreras. The Contreras family has remained the center of the Karina’s Group of restaurants’ success, employing multi-generations of management, staff, and chefs. This rich heritage and attention to authenticity has garnered them one of the most faithful fan bases in San Diego.