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With the COVID-19 pandemic seemingly behind us, Bistro D’Asia’s owner Alaa Elsadek should have been celebrating the survival of his restaurant. Instead he recently closed for good on Labor Day because his landlord would not renew the lease of the 20-year-old eatery. Bistro D’Asia, which served Asian fusion dishes, has been the place locals flocked to for Chinese food and sushi. Now Coronadans will be left with choices out of town and over the bridge. “Bistro d’Asia and its staff would like to say a big thank you to the locals for their support,” said Elsadek.

Elsadek explained his lease started in 2001 for 5 years with options to renew every 5 years. The B Street and Orange Avenue corner building was purchased by a new landlord a few years ago and it seems that Bistro D’Asia does not fit his plans.

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The one thing Alaa Elsadek enjoys most about his job as restaurant owner is the people. 

His restaurant, Bistro D’Asia, will celebrate its 14th year in Coronado this summer and over the years Elsadek has met many families and children. Those children are now older, and many of them work at Bistro D’Asia when on break from college.

Elsadek’s experience in the restaurant business started in London, England for what he describes as a summer of travel and work. “I was a dishwasher, bus boy. I did every job,” he said. Originally from Cairo, Egypt, Elsadek spent many summers in England. His background is in accounting and economics and he studied in Egypt, England and Cleveland, Ohio. His passion was always soccer and he came to the U.S. hoping to be hired by a professional team, but an injury kept him from reaching his goal.

He then worked for a company that opened restaurants around the country, and for Wolfgang Puck. Elsdek opened his first restaurant in La Jolla in 1994 called The Grill at La Jolla. A few years later, the opportunity of opening Bistro d’Asia came up. Elsadek first opened the restaurant with a partner but now he is the sole owner.