Trust Restaurant Group handpicked Cedros Avenue to open its first North County venue with its second location of Rare Society after its University Heights flagship. The throwback high-glamour steakhouse led by chef/owner Brad Wise will feature all the refined classics that have earned him a name at Trust and Fort Oak. There’s Beef Tartare, Oysters Rockefeller, and cut-above wood-fired meat to be served in the 2,800-square-foot dining room, breezy bar, and patio. Expect vibe. There are serious cocktails, a single-malt menu, and “a vintage Vegas” aesthetic with nods from the burlesque era courtesy of GTC Design Studio. raresocietysd.com
Up the street, our sources confirmed that the trademark shark festooned above the bar will remain a focal point at the historic Belly Up Tavern. As will the celebrated work of Scrojo, its artist-in-residence. Both the music venue and its signature restaurant, Wild Note Cafe, have been undergoing a renovation since April. The eatery will unveil fresh interiors and a new name, Tavern, when it reopens this winter, according to owner Dave Hodges.