The Friday flyer | Closure of the urban craft restaurant in the city center


Downtown Urban Craft Eatery closed

Wayne Wuintos, owner and chef of an urban craft restaurant

The popular and quaint Urban Craft Eatery closed its doors last week after a five-year stay at Canyon Lake Town Center. Owner and chef Wayne Quintos said on the restaurant’s Instagram account that the site owner chose not to renew the lease.

The restaurant specializing in comfort food and craft beers had weathered the pandemic successfully and Wayne mentioned in social media posts that the restaurant was “definitely coming out on a high note.”

Wayne said what he set out to accomplish in his five years in business has been accomplished.

“All good things come to an end,” he said. “We have accomplished what we set out to do here. We made friends, we made lasting relationships, we served the region’s top rated food with the best service standards, and we were recognized by local and national platforms. And we did it shamelessly ourselves and we had a lot of fun doing it.

The restaurant has defined itself as a bespoke artisan restaurant serving creative, personalized dishes for the community. Its goal, he said on his website, was to provide good quality meals with fresh ingredients. The Urban Craft Eatery was known for its craft beer sourced exclusively from local breweries on Lake Elsinore in San Diego. Its wine came from the neighboring wine region of Temecula.

“Over the past five years, we have never felt more part of the community,” said Wayne. “Being a part of all birthdays, anniversaries, first dates, retirement parties and date nights was awesome. We will all miss you. We will never forget how you supported us during the pandemic and you were assured that your local favorite was here to stay. “

Wayne said he was grateful not only to his loyal customers but also to the employees who have worked there over the years.

Several employees of the Urban Craft Eatery, one of the few restaurants in Canyon Lake, pose in front of the restaurant just before it closes for good. Owner Wayne Quintos announced that the restaurant had lost its lease and was forced to close on December 30. Photo from Urban Craft Eatery Instagram.

“We had a great race and we’re definitely going out on a high note,” he said. “People continually went above and beyond with the gracious reviews they left us. Thank you to our employees for their dedication, loyalty and hard work. You are what brought Urban here.

“But it’s time to go into uncharted territory and do what we’ve been doing here,” Wayne said. “We have come, we have seen, we have conquered.”


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