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Howard Lipin / San Diego Union-Tribune

A Secret Dining Room Just Opened in San Diego

The room is located at Ponsaty’s Restaurant, which opened 10 months ago

In what may be a first for San Diego, a secret dining room has opened in Ponsaty’s restaurant in Rancho Santa Fe.

The small brick-lined room — which comes with its own waiter, door to the outside and parking space — was designed for VIP clients who may want to pop the question or close a big business deal, and for local celebrities who prefer to eat without an audience.

Ponsaty’s staff calls it the Secret Room, but customers are referring to it as a “speakeasy for food,” said marketing director Jessica Gillon.

Secret dining rooms have been a popular trend in Asia, Europe and South America, but only began popping up in the U.S. about five years ago with the rise of nouveau speakeasy bars.

Read more about the secret dining room on Pacific San Diego Magazine.

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