Close-Up: Sami Ladeki of the Ladeki Restaurant Group

SAN DIEGO — Walking alongside Sami Ladeki is akin to sharing space with a local celebrity. The moment the restaurateur enters the patio of Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza on a Monday afternoon, a table of four greet him. Minutes later a woman walks by, pats his shoulder and exclaims she knew “this guy” before the first Sammy’s opened on Draper Avenue and Pearl Street in La Jolla 16 years ago.
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Close-Up: George Hauer of George’s at the Cove

SAN DIEGO — Nearly 40 years ago, George Hauer was a senior at San Diego State University, waiting tables to pay the bills. Today he is the principal and founder of a prominent restaurant nestled atop the cliffs of La Jolla Cove that has satiated the appetites of political bigwigs, famous entertainers and ordinary people.
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