We had the good fortune of connecting with Kory Stetina and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kory, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
Most of the team members of KINDRED (which we call the KINDRED Kult) including myself, grew up in the punk, hardcore, or metal scenes. These communities have shaped just about all the important aspects of who we are as people, and therefore who we are as a business. It’s baked into our being, such that it subconsciously influences everything from our aesthetic taste, to our political outlooks and therefore our company values, our spirit of experimentation, our desire to challenge tradition, and our sense of family and community and thus, our hospitality. So KINDRED is in many ways a shrine to heavy music and heavy music culture before, or at least as much as it is a shrine to the food and drink and service.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Equal parts evil lair and Victorian cocktail salon, KINDRED has transfixed and beguiled all who step into its portal, with whimsical eccentricity, world class vegan dishes, and ambitiously inventive cocktails. Since opening its doors in late 2015 in the enchanting neighborhood of South Park, San Diego, KINDRED has garnered recognition which transcends its plant-based credo, heralded as one of the city’s premier dining institutions. It was voted EATER San Diego’s Peoples Choice Restaurant Of The Year in 2016, topped Zagat San Diego’s Most Important Restaurant Openings, and earned an Orchid Award for interior design from the San Diego Architectural Foundation. KINDRED was also named within the Food Network’s list of the best vegan restaurants in the country, was voted the Best Vegan Bar in the U.S. by VegNews magazine, and received regional honors from the Tales Of The Cocktail Foundation for Best Restaurant Bar in the West.