New menu items flowing from the kitchen, and new libations from the bar…

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That’s right!  We have been busy creating your new favorites at Riviera.  Chino has spectacular cocktail additions that are ripe for Summer’s picking!  If you haven’t been in in a while, there are many reasons why you should come in soon:

Riviera Julep
Our version of the Derby Day classic, made with Bulleit Rye, mint, and agave nectar.

Cherry Limeade
Perfect for Summer, our sparkling limeade made with Bacardi Torched Cherry rum, fresh lime, mint & cherries.  Great with Smirnoff Cherry Vodka as well!

Riviera’s version of the classic, made with Bacardi, fresh mint, & agave nectar.

St. Germain Champagne Cocktail
Chino’s hibiscus syrup sets this cocktail off!  Not just for brunch!

White Sangria
House made sangria made with fresh seasonal fruits.

Gin Ginger Refresher
Made with Nolet’s Gin, ginger liqueur, and fresh mint.  Also great with Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka.

The Escobar Margarita
A Chino original!  Made with Hornitos Tequila, Triple Sec, jalapeno, cucumber, fresh lime, agave nectar, and a splash of OJ.  Just enough to cool you down!

The kitchen has been coming up with some delicious new items coming your way very soon.  Scrumptious meatballs made with superior cuts of beef and pork, and treated the way a first-class meatball SHOULD be treated!  Meatballs will be available as an appetizer or on a meatball sandwich.  People have been loving the fish and chips and meatloaf sandwiches as well!  Hand cut fries on the fish and chips and fresh cod dipped in a Summertime wheat beer batter…  SO good!  Look for the crowd-pleasing green beans coming your way again soon, as the green beans are looking lovely at the market.

Music this weekend!

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Jimbo Trout plays for you on Thursday night.  9pm

Sure Fire Soul Ensemble plays Friday night.  9:30pm.

Bedbreakers play on Saturday night.  9:30pm.

All free, all fun shows!

Flora Springs Wine Dinner at Riviera Supper Club

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Our sister bar, Proprietor’s Reserve Wine Bar in Normal Heights is hosting a paired lunch with Flora Springs winery, and we are excited to announce that we are hosting a dinner!  Monday, 7/15 at 7:30pm, we are happy to offer a 6 course paired wine dinner in an intimate setting where you get to enjoy the wine and delicious food, but meet Richard Tiedemann and hear all about his family’s winery!  Click here for more info and to reserve your spot.

A little about Flora Springs from their website:

Over 30 years have passed since Jerry and Flora Komes first stepped foot on to the historic Flora Springs estate in search of a place to “kick off their boots.”

Grandma and GrandpaJerry and Flora Komes

It’s hard to imagine now, but the majestic stone cellar of Flora Springs was once an abandoned “ghost” winery. It was Flora who saw the magic hidden behind decades of neglect, over-grown ivy, and shifting rock walls. The property’s winemaking roots date back to the 19th century, but it’s been the work of Jerry and Flora’s children, John Komes and his wife Carrie, and Julie Garvey and her husband Pat Garvey, that has written the history.

Located at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains in the far Northwest corner of the Rutherford appellation, the Flora Springs estate is in the heart of the Napa Valley. Founded in 1978, Flora Springs has been a family affair for over three decades. As both artisan winemakers and growers, the family is committed to the traditions of fine winemaking and responsible stewardship of its 650 acres of vineyard land for future generations to savor and uphold. Today, ninety percent of Flora Springs’ red wines are sourced from its organically-farmed estate vineyards, and all of these wines are crafted in our solar-powered 19th-century stone winery and caves.

Young FoundersYoung founders in 1978: Carrie and John Komes and Julie and Pat Garvey

Named after our mother and grandmother, Flora, and for the natural springs on the winery property that have flowed uninterrupted even through periods of drought, Flora Springs is both our life’s work and our home. Third-generation vintners Nat Komes and Sean Garvey, both of whom grew up at the winery, are now poised to take the helm guiding the winery into a new era of artisanal winemaking in the spirit of tradition, innovation, and community values epitomized by their grandparents, Flora and Jerry.

Mustang Dinner Cruise

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Tuesday, May 28, the giant Riviera parking lot was full of Ford Mustangs!  All generations of pony cars were represented, with fastbacks, convertibles, Shelby Mustangs, and many more.  We were grilling bratwursts outside, and the turnout was great.  The Mustang Club of San Diego was the group that put together the dinner cruise – check them out here.  The MCSD has events frequently, and you can find them on the calendar on their website.  Check them out whether you  have a “1964 1/2”, an ’86 with EFI, or a brand-spanking-new Mustang convertible – all Mustangs are welcome!

Riviera is happy to host nights like this, as our large parking lot can accommodate many vehicles, there is room to walk around and check out the cars, and what better to go along with a social car meetup than the social aspect of grilling your own steaks on our grill?!

It’s HOT in La Mesa!

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Whew!  This heat wave is making everyone thirsty and desperate for a dark, cool spot.  Look no further than the confines of The Turquoise Room!  This windowless part of Riviera not only offers up a wide variety of quality beverages, but it is air conditioned, and calling your name.  Hungry?  Treat yourself to some food prepared by the kitchen OR, if you do feel like grilling, then gather your friends around La Mesa’s only indoor grill, and grill your supper in air conditioned comfort.  Can it get better than this?!?!

Party Planet Karaoke tonight!

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Party Planet Karaoke is gaining popularity in La Mesa, and it’s a lot of fun!  With a great song selection, setup, sound, and smart phone catalog browsing/sign up, karaoke night is a hit in The Turquoise Room!  Check out Party Planet Karaoke here, and see why The Turquoise Room is the La Mesa destination for karaoke on Tuesday nights.

Got a song you’ve been itching to sing?  You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better night to find out!