Deco’s – Gaslamp Quarter San Diego
Deco’s originated as a 14,000 sq. ft. space in the Gaslamp Quarter above a TGIFridays. TGIFridays owned the space of a restaurant that went out of business, so they contacted Michael Viscuso to see if he wanted to take it over as there was already millions of dollars of infrastructure. Mr. Viscuso saw an opportunity to create a completely different concept that would include a smaller fine dining restaurant with a larger entertainment area that featured an outside open-air rooftop patio, unique in all of downtown San Diego. Because of the art deco style of the building’s exterior, he wanted to do a South Beach Miami themed restaurant and club, bringing back the swank look of the 1920’s-’30’s supper clubs. The interior design showcased a forty foot custom mural of that era’s most famous clubs, large crystal chandeliers and radiating draped swags in the heart of the dining room. Period artwork and light fixtures from a Philadelphia hotel were incorporated along with antique credenzas and mirrors. The effect was luxurious.
Deco’s beachy open-air patio was a real attraction with its large dance floor, cabana-style seating, tropical drinks and cool bay breezes. Hand-rolled Cuban-style cigars added to the ambiance as Deco’s was one of the only venues with a designated smoking area. The traditional menu included a large variety of steaks with seafood, and farm fresh vegetables from local purveyors like Chino Farms, the local mecca for exquisite produce using sustainable farming practices. Deco’s regularly sought out environmentally-friendly produce, meats and seafood as a matter of conscience and quality.
“Yet another nightlife mecca from restaurateur Mike Viscuso. This time a Fifth Avenue beauty resplendent in its historic restoration. San Diego welcomes this hot, hot, hot! bit of Miami spice.”
– San Diego Insider