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Filippi's Pizza Grotto Is Coming to IB

Filippi's Pizza Grotto and Coronado Brewing Company both considered opening a new location in Imperial Beach at Palm Avenue and 3rd Street.

A Filippi's Pizza Grotto will open in Imperial Beach by the end of the year, Bob DePhilippis said.

Coronado Brewing Company also considered moving into the 3rd Street and Palm Avenue location following the close of Marisa's Mexican Seafood Grill. Before that it was IB Rockin' and before that Bryan's Landing.

"Hopefully [we will open] by the first week of December, for sure before Christmas," he said. "Imperial Beach is a nice little town. I've got a iot of friends that live there and I look forward to it."

The family-owned business serves pizza, lasagna, spaghetti and other Italian food.

Different family members run different stores. DePhilippis' daughter Michelle, who lives at the nearby Coronado Cays, will manage the restaurant.

The first Filippi's downtown in 1950 as a general store and deli. Today there are more than a dozen Filippi's restaurants primarily in San Diego but also in other parts of California.

Renovations will be made inside and out as the restaurant waits for city permits.

"Getting rid of bar, that was a nightmare. Matter of fact, the place needs a lot of work but we're going to make it look nice," he said.

John Galt September 22, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Please Marcus, do not "Love Me" that is just strange. No on S. Marcus concludes it will cause health problems, and it makes him do strange things.
Mike September 22, 2012 at 02:57 PM
How many Italian resturants are there in IB? The way people are responding it must be 15 - 20. Oh wait thats Mexican resturants, sorry..
Marcus Boyd September 22, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Have you read a 'good book' lately? Most of them say that you should, "love thy neighbor". Try it for once would you? Maybe you could start slowly with... some compassion for others... Once you learn basic compassion & love, there's a 'good book' that talks about 'the holy anointing oil'. It even lists the ingredients in a recipe! Let me know when you're up to it, and I'll let you know were to find the ancient text.
Marcus Boyd September 22, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Now that's the story I hear most often, and I'm sorry to hear it is still happening. This is and example of why I'm seriously considering running for local office in 2014 when three seats are up for re-election (Janney, Spriggs and Bragg). Three new like minded candidates would constitute a majority, and could change the status quo forever.
Kay Kardian-Porter September 22, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I concur Ed..the city says "the buck stops here" and permits well maybe next year...as far as another pizza restaurant look around you and look at the mexican places omg...everywhere. And how can you compare the pizza's that is served here to the pizza that is authentic Flippi is the bomb...I will definately get my pizza from there. Glad to see it happening.
Lou Milioti September 22, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Always room for the best, and Filippis is the best pizza in san diego!
Benji n' Pepe's Mom September 22, 2012 at 06:28 PM
I was hoping for CBC as it offers more variety of good food and local craft beer. I am bummed. I support Fillipis another locally owned business but I agree, IB is short of variety and although Fillipis Italian food cannot compare with the other Pizza joints in town, it would have been nice to have a CBC... I think it would have offered a family oriented place where if adults just want to have a good brew, they could go there with out the kids too. :-/
Benji n' Pepe's Mom September 22, 2012 at 06:31 PM
One more note... I prefer Cafe Di Roma over Fillipis for the italian food (excluding pizza). Healthy yet full of Italian authenticity. Fillipis is a very unhealthy.. i think I can only manage to eat there once every 6 months!
Benji n' Pepe's Mom September 22, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Lastly, on a positive note, and notwithstanding I wholly appreciate the investment of opening a new restaurant in IB.
Ed Sorrels September 22, 2012 at 07:57 PM
You would have my vote, Hell anyone would have my vote against two of those but I think Lorie is alright but hobbled by the others, She has always seemed reasonable to me and truely interested in our city ! This is just my opinion and if you disagree then vote for who ever you please, BUT DAMNIT VOTE !!!!!!!!!!! this year as well as two yewars from now !
John Galt September 23, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Now if we could just get In-Out where Burger King was... All would be good. Great burgers and great pizza!
Marcus Boyd September 23, 2012 at 12:43 AM
*like*
Libi Uremovic September 23, 2012 at 03:41 AM
it doesn't matter how many pizza places there are.....this is a free market - let them try their luck....... ...but i do question how many car washes palm avenue can sustain...
Chico&The Man September 23, 2012 at 04:09 AM
I miss Fosters Freeze on 13th st there hamburgers were outta this world some what like an in and out burger but bigger and better the ice cream cones and sundae's OMg!!! i wish Ib had something like this again...
Dante Pamintuan September 23, 2012 at 02:33 PM
With 70% of Imperial Beach renting and our transient military personnel, car washes, fast food places that serve pizza and burritos will always be convenient. Hopefully more young families will plant their roots here in Imperial Beach which will encourage more family oriented businesses, eating establishments and entertainment venues. BTW...I love Filippis. Welcome to Imperial Beach. Another entrepreneur willing to invest in our beautiful little beach town.
Libi Uremovic September 23, 2012 at 02:50 PM
i've heard a lot of rumors about greg wade - who i have nicknamed 'the cockroach' - telling people that building permits are issued based on 'gratuities'.... ....rumors and innuendos are really hard to prove.........but documentation is really hard to un-prove.....that's why i follow the money...
Libi Uremovic September 23, 2012 at 03:37 PM
you're wrong about ms. bragg ed....she's nothing but a pawn....every month she blows thousands of dollars in hotel bills and travel expenses ... did you hear ms. bragg's report from the league of cali cities: 'we've got to blow money faster or the state will take it'... we the people are the state ed....city, county, state, school district - there's only one taxpayer .... for example: cities collect taxes for the general needs of the community, but blow their money & don't repair the roads so the state steps in and adds 2 taxes: prop a and gas tax.....these are state taxes, but go directly to the cities to maintain roads, alleys, etc... imperial beach receives $2 million/yr ..... ....but i've tracked these accounts and in the last 2 years the city has spent only 15% on the roads and most of that was the sdg&e, water, and street signs - yes every street sign in ib is brand new .... ...and there's a few checks for 'asphalt patch'...but that's about it ed......the rest is 'transferred to rda' where it's blown on massive salaries, consultant & legal fees, and of course many many conferences, committees, and meetings on how to pad their pockets by increases taxes and squeezing the line worker and community... ...but not one conference, committee, or meeting on how they are wasting tax dollars instead of providing for the needs of the community...
Ed Sorrels September 24, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Maybe we could get fosters freeze interested in the oldburger king, That would be awesome. Some of the best summer memories I have were the summer of 46, I was 12 and had a paper route so had my own money. They opened a Fosters Freeze in our towm and the memories of peach, Marshmellow malt's still haunt me on hot summer evening's, And like you say their burgers were awesome
Ed Sorrels September 24, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Well Libi, You may well be right, But she has always l;istened when I had something to say where some of the others don't have time to, But like I said vote for who you want just as I will, but DAMN IT VOTE, THE VOTER TURN OUT IN THIS CITY IS USUALLY JUST PLAIN CRAPPY, SO IF YOU DON'T VOTE THEN SHUT THE HELL UP ABOUT WHO RUNS OUR CITY AND HOW THEY DO IT. We are a Republic run on a democratic model, as a particapatory democracy, The problem is two damn many of us have time to bitch and to few have time to vote. Folks peole have died for the right to vote and in some places are still dying to do so, I don't care who you vote for but Please Vote
Ed Sorrels September 24, 2012 at 04:35 AM
And you are right Libi, I just might be wrong, But along with the right to vote I also have the right to voice my opinion, Right or wrong ! Part of the problem is I am a simple guy and see most thing's in black or white, Right or wrong, and get confused when there to many shades of grey, Thing's would be much simpler I think my way !
Brian September 24, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Finally somewhere good to eat in my own town, maybe now I won't have to go to Coronado or Eastlake all the time to eat and shop.
Kendal Sharp September 25, 2012 at 07:32 PM
@Brian My thoughts exactly!
Steven September 27, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Yum! A local name to boot.
Jennie Petalot December 07, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Yay!! No more driving " all the way to Chula Vista" for our favorite pizza!
Crystal January 20, 2013 at 09:59 PM
So Glad a GOOD pizza place is coming to IB, the Pizza restaurants here are awful and over priced.
Kay Kardian-Porter January 21, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Again, I agree with Ed for the people of Imperial Beach to get out and vote. Only 1200 people voted the last time for the mayor and that is the only way he got the position as our Mayor. He would not have won if everyone would have voted. We need to get these people out of office so our city can be run effectively without these people taking tax payers money and spending it away. Look around at this city and look at the potholes in the streets and alleyways, look at the businesses they have torn down without any recourse as to the effect it had on the citizens or the businesses that were there. They put the cart before the horse all the time. They are only there for the power and the money not for the people. As far as the permits with Flippis they will take their time just to hinder other businessess from coming into our city. This is how it has been for many years. SO GET OUT AND VOTE!!
David V February 04, 2013 at 09:36 PM
I agree foster freez should be back I vote we take out giant pizza king the employees are gross especially there drivers I see them all dirty not shaved smoking in there cars and picking there noes at the same time yuck !!!
Chico&The Man February 05, 2013 at 07:36 PM
any thing but that giant pizza barf how about the place that resided in that verry spot The inn spot Ib's 70's nude bar ..
Ben Davis February 18, 2013 at 01:09 AM
Honestly, Giant Pizza King and Filippi's Pizza is horrible, I just tried Filippi's for the first time and I was completely disgusted with the food. The food was cold and to make matters worse, the sauce tasted like it was right out of the can. I would rather eat at Pizza Hut. If your in IB, there are only two places I would go and that's Seacoast Pizza or Pizza Hut.
Ben Davis February 18, 2013 at 01:15 AM
Marcus, no one wants to make Imperial Beach a trash can full of stoners, regardless of what medicinal qualities it has, everyone knows that 90% of everyone with a medical marijuana card got theirs by faking lower back pain. Imperial Beach needs to prosper with strong, honest, and dedicated officials, not the thieves that are currently pulling the strings! We need to bring back Sand Castle days, bring back tourism in IB, and keep the trash off of the beach so that families can start coming back.

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