The fixer-upper was stuck in the disco era

To say that this multilevel 1974 house in Bonita was a fixer-upper is an understatement. Stepping into it was like stepping into a time warp, complete with two-inch thick shag carpets, metallic wallpaper, and an avocado-green bathroom. But homeowner Lucien Conner was smitten: “I aesthetically loved it!”

Lucien, who serves as Puesto’s director of operations, has an eye for design. He studied art and Spanish at UCLA, while simultaneously working his way up the food chain in LA’s fine dining industry. After graduation he moved to San Diego and eventually cofounded Snake Oil Cocktail Co., a key player in the local craft cocktail movemen