Chef Phillip Esteban’s Well Fed Heads to National City

A Filipino fine-dining restaurant is projected to open in 2022.
Chef Phillip Esteban’s Well Fed Heads to National City
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Chef Phillip Esteban, the creator behind San Diego’s White Rice, which recently launched as a brick-and-mortar in Liberty Public Market, has plans to bring an elevated experience to National City in the form of a fine-dining Filipino eatery.

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The San Diego Union Tribune reports the new eatery, Well Fed, will be “an anchor of redevelopment efforts” in the area.

Well Fed is backed by OpenGym Hospitality Group. The group is a collective “focused on building sustainable ecosystems of change within communities through the power of  hospitality.” Among OpenGym’s other restaurants are White Rice, Weapon, and Craft Meals, a catering service. The hospitality group also hosts community projects like Fish to Farm, a meal distribution program that supported the food insecure during the COVID-19 crisis. For OpenGym, “food is a powerful tool for sharing stories and the development of our collective identities.”

Well Fed is reportedly set to open next year. Follow Chef Esteban on social media for further updates on his future ventures.

Eve Payne

Eve Payne

Eve Payne is a freelance writer with an MFA in poetry from Syracuse University. In 2019, she received the Leonard Brown Prize for her poetry, which has appeared or is forthcoming in Colorado Review, The Adroit Journal, Nashville Review, and RHINO.
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