Point Loma-OB Happenings: Parks Foundation executive director, wine label contest, OB Hardware for sale, more

Katherine Johnston is the San Diego Parks Foundation’s first executive director.

S.D. Parks Foundation names first executive director

The board of directors of the Point Loma-based San Diego Parks Foundation announced Feb. 25 that Katherine Johnston has been hired as the nonprofit’s first executive director.

The foundation was created in 2018 to bolster the city of San Diego’s efforts to build a world-class park system that is accessible, sustainable and equitable, according to the organization.

“Great cities have great parks, and the San Diego Parks Foundation provides the philanthropic support needed to improve parks in every neighborhood,” San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria said. “Katherine Johnston has been a fierce longtime champion for San Diego parks.”

Johnston, a Bird Rock resident, said she hopes “we can build a park system that ensures every San Diegan has access to a high-quality park with meaningful recreation opportunities. Our role is particularly important for neighborhood parks that have been underserved or overlooked in the past.”

Design a wine label for new OB Blend and win $100

Gianni Buonomo Vintners in Ocean Beach invites the public to create artwork for the label of the new OB Blend wine in a contest in which the winner will receive a $100 cash prize.

Label submissions (one per person) can be made until Friday, April 23. The winner will be announced April 30.

According to Gianni Buonomo Vintners, the label for the new wine must feature an iconic Point Loma-Ocean Beach landmark and have two musical elements: at least one person singing (no images of children are allowed) and at least one orchestral instrument. It also must include a fedora and the words OB Blend.

To enter, email a high-resolution pdf file to

The vintner made just one barrel of OB Blend and has committed to donate half of it to help generate funds for youth choral and orchestral programs on the Point Loma Peninsula.

Karla Lapic of the Point Loma High School Pointer Association Music Boosters said the additional funding “will not only help the high school programs but also the programs at Correia Middle School.”

The wine is a field blend of seven different grapes that were fermented together in 2017. After two years of barrel aging, the wine was bottled in 2019. It will be released this summer.

For more information about the label contest, visit

OB Hardware put up for sale

The owners of OB Hardware — a 102-year-old business at 4871 Newport Ave. in Ocean Beach — have put the store up for sale after a little over two years.

Michael DeEmidio and business partner Michael Grimes bought OB Hardware from Carl and Carolyn Weidetz in 2018. The store originally opened in 1919.

DeEmidio told the Peninsula Beacon that he and his wife have decided to leave California to be closer to family.

Westerly Public House coming to Monsaraz hotel

Westerly Public House, a restaurant with a menu inspired by Australia and Portugal, is expected to open this summer at The Monsaraz San Diego hotel at Rosecrans and Garrison streets in Point Loma.

The 2,800-square-foot restaurant, run by executive chef Jesse Paul, will feature a rooftop “Hideaway” bar.

Irish pub on the way to Point Loma

Long Story Irish Pub is expected to open by spring at 4204 Voltaire St. in Point Loma in the space formerly occupied by Royale, a restaurant that closed in November.

Long Story will offer Irish-inspired items such as Reuben fries, corned beef tacos, a St. Patty Melt burger, shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash and Irish whiskey and beers. It also will have 14 flat-screen TVs for watching sports.

The ownership group includes Kyle Schubert, founder of multiple Irish pub concepts in the Sacramento area.

— Compiled by Point Loma-OB Monthly staff


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