John Husler

by on November 15, 2017

John Husler … Founder and Operator of Lestat’s Coffeehouses in Nml Hts, Univ Hts and Hillcrest …. Been in the food, beverage and hospitality industries for his entire adult life and career. Moved to San Diego from IL in 1988. Managed the Nordstrom Kiosk and Cafe at UTC until 1992 with notable success. The University of San Diego then hired John away to create and open their first on-campus coffeehouse, Aromas. A frequent customer was then-student, Todd Gloria.

In 1997, John opened his own enterprise, the original Lestat’s Coffeehouse on Adams Ave in Normal Heights, which operated 24/7/365. Soon to follow was Lestat’s West, which provided a great outlet for local performers and artists with their award-winning Monday night Open Mic venue, as well as excellent live entertainment every night of the week. A second Lestat’s opened in University Hts in 2010 and their largest location opened in Hillcrest in 2016, all open 24/7/365 and thriving. John has cultivated admirable relationships with many SD police, fire and rescue workers who have become a regular presence at his establishments.

The readers of SD CityBeat in their “Best of SD” annual poll have consistently voted Lestats as the Best Coffeehouse with Live Music, the Best Open Mic and winner or runner-up for the Best Coffeehouse in San Diego for several years. John has been a model business owner who cherishes everyone who works with him as well as his customers and community. He looks forward to lending his dedication and expertise to the HBA Board in support of the effort to improve Hillcrest and the surrounding region to the greatest extent possible.

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