Grand Restaurant Group Announces Historic Partnership with The Grand Escondido


The Grand Escondido is partnering with Grand Restaurant Group Catering, to supply their venue with best-in-class catering and service.

The colossal efforts undertaken to restore Escondido’s old Ritz Theatre is a story for the ages. From the dilapidated remains of a once vibrant community center, Escondido’s citizens resurrected a cultural landmark, which will once again serve as the hallmark of civic life.

The redesigned Grand Escondido features beautiful spaces for the community to enjoy art and entertainment. Yet with all its amazing renovations, the complex was still missing one critical ingredient: great food. That’s where GRG stepped in. The exciting new partnership between these two local powerhouses will ensure that guests’ needs are met, while contributing toward community efforts to beautify downtown Escondido.


GRG Catering will serve as a third-party food and beverage vendor for the Grand’s exciting, new event space. In addition to managing the theatre’s concessions, GRG will also be catering the complex’s new rooftop lounge. The lounge will offer event goers a beautiful, open-air space to enjoy world class entertainment, specialty cocktails, local beers, and the culinary stylings of Master Chef Amy DiBiase.

DiBiase draws on over a decade of experience managing acclaimed local restaurants. The ambitious, young chef previously served as the culinary lead for downtown’s Intercontinental Hotel, and the award winning Tidal at Paradise Resort & Spa. DiBiase is esteemed for her boldly modern take on classically revered French and Italian dishes.

About The Grand Escondido

Located on the corner of Juniper and Grand Avenue, the Grand is a multi-use arts and entertainment complex, owned and operated by New Vintage Church, which caters both public and private events. This beautifully renovated and redesigned theatre offers versatile accommodations for every occasion, including wedding receptions, private parties, corporate events, seminars, movie showings, and theatrical presentations.

The development and reestablishment of this community landmark didn’t happen overnight. The Grand Project, spearheaded by Pastor Tim Spivey, is responsible for revitalizing the long-abandoned Ritz Theater, which once served as a cherished cornerstone of community life, before falling into a state of decay and disrepair.


“We view The Grand project, including the renovation of the Ritz Theater to its former glory in both use and design, as a radical act of service to our city. We are willing to take on the sizable cost of doing so ... our vision is to produce a project that the citizens of this community are going to look at five years from now and say that was the best thing to ever happen to Grand Avenue,” noted Spivey.


This multimillion-dollar project is a testament to the generosity of Escondido’s leading citizens. A single glance at the theatre’s stunning exterior is enough to see that their efforts paid off big time. The overall design draws inspiration from 1930’s architecture and the original Ritz theatre. The once dusty old theatre has been transformed into a vibrant mecca for art, dining, and entertainment.


It only makes sense that such an ambitious project would choose to partner with North County’s premiere restaurant group. The Grand Restaurant Group Catering offers full-service catering, featuring their master chef’s most celebrated dishes. This dynamic partnership offers community members a delightfully unique culinary experience at a one-of-a-kind venue, whose bold design and historic significance draws interested glances from across the county. 


About GRG Catering


GRG Catering is a division of the Grand Restaurant Group, a full-service hospitality management organization that delivers unique and meaningful experiences to each and every guest. They seek to transform the current dining landscape through their unique restaurants, special events, and award-winning service.


The Grand Restaurant Group operates fine dining and homestyle cooking establishments across North County San Diego. Their award-winning family of restaurants includes Bellamy’s Restaurant, Nick & G’s, Cork & Knife, Giaola Italian Kitchen, and DiCicco’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria.


GRG Catering specializes in elegantly crafted, gourmet dishes. Their international cuisine is always fresh, in-season, and meticulously prepared. The group prides themselves in their creative approach culinary experiences, which take time tested recipes and presents them with a delightfully modern twist, similar to how The Grand Project took a time-honored cultural gem and fortified it with modern amenities, while maintaining the original look and feel of the building.