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Meet Terryl Gavre of Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant

Today we’d like to introduce you to Terryl Gavre.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Terryl. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was always, always in love the restaurant business – the smell of the kitchen, the clanking of the pots and pans, the sound of the silverware gently hitting the plate and the hushed voices in the dining rooms. I always wanted a restaurant.

After many years of waitressing and other restaurant-related jobs, I opened my first restaurant, Cafe 222 in San Diego in 1992. I worked as both the manager and the chef, and did not take a day off for nearly seven years. In 2010, I partnered with Carl Schroeder to open BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant in the Bankers Hill area of downtown San Diego.

Has it been a smooth road?
Cafe 222 was located in a new “up and coming” area of San Diego, and although I was told that things like the convention center and baseball stadium were just a few years away… it wound up being nearly 10 years until both were complete and the wait was long. I actually lived in the back prep room of the cafe for the first seven years. It was a little apartment that was converted into a kitchen, so it still had a shower and bathroom so I thought, “why not?” I cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner at Cafe 222 back then so I didn’t really need an apartment. Besides, I was young and didn’t have a husband or kids.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Today, I am a part of four restaurants and I am proud to say that 25 years after opening my first location, I am still here!

I have had to adapt to the changing times and keep at it, and I am proud to still be considered a voice in the restaurant community.

Each location is unique in concept and we are proud to offer the highest quality and locally-sourced products available. I am proud to have employed so many people and that I have been able to mentor young women.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I like how San Diego is growing. I like all the new construction, as is an indicator of strong economics.

I like our beautiful landscape and beaches, and of course, the weather.

I think we need to get better at tackling our homeless problem. It is becoming a deterrent to our tourism as well as we need to find a reasonable and empathetic solution to this issue.

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Image Credit:

Photo of Terryl – Martin Mann Photography
All food photos – Courtesy of BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant

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