Thursday, September 17, 2020

Coronado’s Primavera Ristorante to Close Permanently After More Than 30 Years

A Coronado favorite for more than 30 years, Primavera will not reopen after months of shutdown.

Primavera Ristorante, located at 932 Orange Ave., will not reopen following its closure as part of the state’s COVID-19 mandated shutdown.

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The popular family-owned and operated Italian restaurant has long been a cornerstone of Coronado. Husband and wife, Cristos and Jeannette Stavros, opened Primavera in 1989. Following Cristos’ passing, Jeannette and their daughter, Denise Stavros, have been operating the restaurant since 2014. Prior to the order for restaurants to close, Primavera has had some of its best years yet.

Mother and daughter Jeannette and Denise Stavros pose outside their family restaurant, Primavera Ristorante, at last year’s 30th anniversary party. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Primavera Ristorante

“This decision was not an easy one for my mother and I,” said Denise. “Serving Coronado with a staff that feels like family has brought my mother and I immense joy, however we have decided it is better to end this chapter now, with more than 30 years of memories to cherish, than reopen with so many unknowns. Being a part of Coronado’s story as a favorite neighborhood restaurant through generations of guests is something we will always treasure.”

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Through the years Primavera has been awarded many accolades, including “Best Italian Fare” by Coronado Lifestyle Magazine; Channel 8’s Unknown Eater Award for “Best Italian Restaurant” in San Diego County; TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018; TripExperts Experts’ Choice and Best of San Diego awards. Primavera also received a rating of 4.5 out of five stars for food on

May 2019

Primavera and the Stavros Family to Celebrate 30 Years in Coronado

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Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She is thrilled to call Coronado home and raise her two children here. In her free time enjoys hitting the gym, reading, and walking her dog around the “island.”Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to:


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