August 17, 2021
Public records indicate that San Diego businessman “Papa” Doug Manchester is set to return to the La Jolla space where he last operated the Bijou bar and restaurant for the opening of a new concept called Papas On Prospect.
Doug Manchester’s Manchester Financial Group is in the process of transferring the liquor license at 1205 Prospect Street, Unit 100D, La Jolla, to a new catering company called Papas On Prospect. Manchester had previously operated two restaurants in this space – first an offshoot of Grand Del Mar’s Amaya in 2013 before converting it into a French bistro concept Bijou in June 2014. Bijou abruptly closed in spring 2015 and the central space de La Jolla lay dormant for a few years before becoming Covo La Jolla, a Mediterranean restaurant from longtime restaurateur and industry insider Michael Viscuso. Covo finished its run in March 2019 and the 10,000 square foot space has not been occupied since.
Doug Manchester is a controversial San Diego real estate mogul and businessman who has developed numerous properties in the area. Notably, he previously owned the San Diego Union Tribune and built The Grand Del Mar complex, which he has since sold. In 2017, then-President Trump appointed Manchester United States ambassador to the Bahamas, where he owns a house, but the appointment was not accepted by the Senate.