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Filippi's Pizza May Open By Mid-February

Filippi's owner Bob DePhilippis expects the restaurant to open its doors within the next two weeks.

After the building's ventilation and air-conditioning gets fixed and final inspections take place, Filippi's Pizza Grotto will open a new restaurant in Imperial Beach next month, said Bob DePhilippis.

Both Filippi's and the Coronado Brewing Company sought to lease the property at the corner of 3rd Street and Palm Avenue owned by the Rahimpour Family Trust last year.

"We expect to open within the next two weeks," he told IB Patch Thursday.

DePhilippis said he can't wait to open the 13th Filippi's Pizza Grotto in IB. Potential employees were excited about the restaurant opening as well.

The restaurant put a single 'for hire' ad on Craigslist Wednesday and invited applicants to stop by between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

"165 people showed up for 26 positions. Unbelievable," DePhilippis said. "We're trying to hire local IB people for the fact that most of them live close."

Among changes that have been made, booths will be installed indoors and a large Venetian mural has been painted across two walls.

"We'll wait until it gets a little warmer. The main thing is to get the doors open," he said about changes to a patio area and outdoor seating.

The bar that was part of the restaurant Filippi's will replace has also been torn out.

"We will have beer and wine, but we got rid of the bar. The booze bring problems, and we don't need that," he said.

The family-owned Filippi's restaurants are in 12 different locations across San Diego, with additional locations in Temecula and Napa.

Bob's daughter Michelle, who lives in the nearby Coronado Cays, will manage the IB restaurant.

The Imperial Beach location will seat around 140 people and will be open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The restaurant will not make deliveries but will take pickup orders.

Lee DeLay February 02, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Sign me up for the first pizza!!! Thank you Filippi's for coming to IB!!
Shorebird February 02, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Yay a new business in IB
JK February 02, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Too bad Coronado Brewing CO got beat out. That would have been WAY better. I can't believe his daughter is running the place. She can't find her own career path? Daddy takes good care of her I guess.
Vanimaniac February 02, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Wow Jared, jealous much?
Shorebird February 02, 2013 at 04:47 PM
what a snarky thing to say..It is, after all, a family owned business. Envy is such a sad emotion.
Virginia Syverson February 02, 2013 at 07:14 PM
I am so excited! The Syversons are long time Filippis' fans. We will be there often.
David Ord February 02, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Looking forward to the opening and outdoor dining in the Summer.
JK February 02, 2013 at 09:45 PM
Maybe jealous that a family member is running the biz. They never even called me. Family owned business means that the GM is his daughter. You can flip a coin to see if she is any good. Nepotism is not exactly a good thing. Sorry for using common sense in a snarky manner.
Paula Winchester February 02, 2013 at 11:56 PM
DiPhilippi's family, welcome to IB! We are so excited that you are coming to our beautiful town! I am looking forward to your absolutely amazing antipasto salad and your "to die for" meatballs. I've never had anything from one of your restaurants that wasn't wonderful! Woohoo! I can't wait!
Nacho February 03, 2013 at 02:22 AM
I hope Fresh and Easy can still make it in. Does Filippis have a good beer selection?
Shorebird February 03, 2013 at 05:03 AM
Jared, are you qualified to manage a restaurant? It would seem that possibly you are lacking in people skills. To make such petulant statements "they didnt even call me", does not sound like common sense or mature enough to be in a management position. Maybe next year, when you have matured and graduated from your current learning center.
Mark February 03, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Jared-it is their money to invest, not yours. Get over it.
Mike G February 03, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Never been to a Filippi's. Hopefully it's as good as La Bellas. Save me the drive to old town Chula and the pain in the ass parking associated with it.
Pop Quiz February 06, 2013 at 03:10 AM
Fresh and Easy is going under nation wide
Pop Quiz February 06, 2013 at 03:25 AM
Filippi's is good ! We went to PB Saturday night and had the Italian Feast. The Feast was 19.99 and was great. Nice green salad, loaf of Italian bread, 10" cheese pizza, Spaghetti AND Lasagna for TWO. Great service and i got a parking place on Garnet with out having to pay right across the street. Glad they are here to save me the drive.
Michelle February 06, 2013 at 06:06 PM
I am so excited for them coming to IB!!! Love it!!!!
Tiffany Hirneisen February 10, 2013 at 04:52 AM
i didnt make the interview date ! i live a block away from the imperial beach location. where and how can i apply ?!
Gidge February 15, 2013 at 09:20 PM
Everyone forgets the "The Clock". It was a dancing night spot in the late 60's. They are right though to allow beer and wine only.

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