About Us

Grant’s Marketplace is nestled deep within the historic neighborhood of South Park.  Started in 2002 by Joe and Kim Grant, it is located a block from Albert Einstein Academy and was recently acquired by new owner Jason Peaslee and his wife Liana.  They were in the market for a restaurant, but after talking to a broker friend, Grant’s came onto his radar practically the next day. Jason discovered he was in fact interested in purchasing a restaurant/market and realized that Grant’s was a place people left happy, smiling and satisfied and would be a perfect fit for their experiences.

Jason and Liana have worked in basically every aspect of the restaurant industry, which makes them the ideal operaators for such a business. He and Liana have done it all ~ front-of-the-house, busser, waiter, kitchen staff, manager, bartender, you name it, they have done it. So when it came to buying a business, these two had no problem rolling up their sleeves to make some changes, and to do it with pride. “We are both passionate about food and wine. We have great pride in our work. Pride is the most important part of the business,” says Jason.

Numerous changes, including several kitchen upgrades, new food and wine offerings. the recent addition of a wide variety of  in-house made pastries and specialty meal items, and now full breakfast service, including such items as Eggs Benedict and stuffed french toast have been instituted.  And more additions are in the works!

For those who have not visited the market, you can expect to find everything from “meringue to pasta, breakfast to prepared foods” says Peaslee. “We always use fresh ingredients … our produce is as local as possible.” When asked what his favorite dish is currently, he says it’s the Mediterranean platter. “We put rice and herb-wrapped grape leaves, tabbouleh, house-made hummus, assorted olives and pita. And I really enjoy our fresh-made banana bread and lemon bars as well.”

Grant’s Marketplace offers a full Dietz & Watson deli, and is known for some of the best sandwiches in San Diego, soups, salads, as well as Cafe Virtuoso Fair Trade, certified organic coffees in six different selections along with their espresso bar.  Grant’s Marketplace is not only a place to get incredible food, but is also a specialty grocery store with lots of  local products like Assenti pastas, El Indio chips, Bread & Cie breads, Julian Pies, specialty and craft beers, nostalgic sodas, specialty cheeses, wines and much, much more.

Recognizing the needs of many, there is also an assortment of gluten free alternative bread choices and certified gluten free pastries, along with vegan and vegetarian soups daily.

The newly renovated inside and outside dining areas are non-smoking and offer free WIFI and is just a great place to sit and relax.

Grant’s is a true neighborhood restaurant/marketplace. Enjoy!