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A new late-night restaurant and lounge called METE, pronounced MEET, is in development at 905 Fourth Avenue in the Gaslamp. The venue space was formerly occupied by AD Nightclub which closed down a few years ago and has since sat vacant. Owner Demetrich Herder will breathe new life into the building with a new concept and brand modeled after his own character METE, which is also his nickname.
What Now San Diego reached out to Demetrich Herder for an introduction to METE. Herder and his family have opened over ten businesses ranging from restaurants to nightclubs and lounges. After moving to San Diego ten years ago from Philadelphia, Herder is well-acquainted with nightlife in the Gaslamp and saw the need for something new and different.
“I don’t like to use the term nightclub,” explains Herder. “We’re not trying to be the same. We want to set a new standard, setting our own trends instead of following them. It’s being made up like a Supper Club, something I haven’t seen offered a lot in the Gaslamp.”
The concept for the venue and the cuisine being offered is unique. Herder shares, “It’s being based around the way that I have lived my life in the Gaslamp. If you know me, METE is like a character. The restaurant will have my essence as well.” Now if you don’t know METE personally, that’s okay because you can learn the vibe and character through Instagram.
METE will offer an Asian-Fusion menu but not your typical late-night bites. While the menu offerings are not yet finalized, Herder teases that the Supper Club will offer five-star dining even at 1am and in a club-like environment. What also sets them apart will be the high level of customer service they’ll bring to patrons, something that Herder has learned through building successful businesses with his family.
While the location has sat vacant for years, it fell into their hands a few months ago and is equipped for most of what Herder and his team need to transform the space. With some kitchen equipment and venue lighting sorted, the project is now focused on working out interior design of the space.
The project is moving along and Herder expects to introduce METE by the end of 2021. The club sits across from Horton Plaza and Balboa Theater at Fourth Avenue and E Street. Get to know METE as they prepare more updates soon via Instagram.