North Park Stories

Coin-Op opens in North Park

New 30th Street watering hole replaces Hubcap, combines strong beer and vintage video games for beaucoup Gen-Y fun.

There must be something in the air, because exciting new bars and restaurants have been opening up left and right all over uptown San Diego. Coin-Op Game Room (3926 30th Street) might be the most ...

Best of Beer Week: November 3

Suggestions for closing out the first weekend of San Diego Beer Week

Chargers vs. Redskins Sour Brunch: The Chargers appear to be on the right track. Catch this case of lightning in a bottle along with glass after glass of tart, tasty sour beer from a board ...

Best of Beer Week: November 2

Reboot and get your fill of San Diego Beer Week seconds

San Diego Originals: In the beginning, there was but a handful of fledgling operations bringing craft beer to locals. For one day, beer bar The High Dive will celebrate those innovators with special beers from ...

Tommy's Tex-Mex comes to 30th Street

North Park restaurant specializes in flour tortillas and Texan tacos

For some people, Tex-Mex food is too gringo-fied, too Taco Bell. For others, it’s a chance to eat soft tacos wrapped in flour tortillas and topped with shredded cheese. That second group of people will ...

The Local to go the brewery route

Crafty eatery and drinking hole entering brewing arena

Popular watering hole The Local Eatery and Drinking Hole (1065 Fourth Avenue, Downtown) is working on establishing its own brewery. A an early adapter to the craft beer model, The Local regularly serves a long ...

Blood, Sweat, and Spit: Memories of Adams Avenue Theater and the Rock Palace

A quarter-century after the concerts at Adams Avenue Theater and the Palace, a blogger imagines an entryway streaked with the scuff of Doc Martens and cigarette butts; blood, sweat, and spit in the hall; the pit, swinging fists and bodies, a stage bomb, a swan dive from the balcony...

Ain’t Misbehavin’ at San Diego Musical Theatre

Some definitions: Harlem Renaissance: a flourishing of African-American art centered on, but not exclusive to, Harlem. Begun in the 1920s, it included writing by Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, and innovative music by Duke ...

Sampler Flight: October 2–6

Kick off October with some solid craft beer events

October 4 | Hamilton’s Anniversary Kick-Off: Wildly popular craft beer hotspot Hamilton’s Tavern is celebrating seven years in business, and doing starting off a month of celebrations in the most appropriate way — with beer. ...

North Park water tower makes National Register

Historically significant “Tin Man” turns 90 next year

North Park’s big green water tower — officially designated as the University Heights Water Storage and Pumping Station, even though it's located south of El Cajon Boulevard (on Idaho Street, north of Howard Avenue) — ...

Sampler Flight: September 24–29

A week of festivities including pre-October Oktoberfest fun

September 24 | 20th Anniversary Party: In the mid-nineties, San Diego Brewing Company provided many locals their first taste of brewpub house beers. They also were way ahead of the curve in installing tons of ...

Blockbuster Video goes bust in North Park

Parent company has closed over 1000 stores

North Park's Blockbuster Video, at 2011 El Cajon Boulevard, is closing down forever. Signs at the North Park store indicate the entire inventory is being liquidated. Parent company Blockbuster LLC was acquired by Dish Network ...

Top 10 on tap

Updating the brewing projects I’m most excited about

Earlier this year, I shared the local brewing projects I was most highly anticipating. Most of them (Pizza Port Bressi Ranch, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station, Benchmark Brewing Company, Hess Brewing ...

Sampler Flight: September 17–22

From chicks to pigs, it’s one animal of a week for beer lovers

September 17 | Chicks for Beer: Hey ladies, feel like a night of craft brew appreciation without fear of having it ruined by those know-it-all beer dudes? Join this Bay Park suds standout for a ...

El Cajon Boulevard Coco's to become a 7-Eleven

Local business improvement association is not pleased

The former Coco's Bakery Restaurant location at 2644 El Cajon Boulevard will become a 7-Eleven store. According to Margaret Chabris, director of corporate communications with 7-Eleven, Inc., in Dallas, they will construct a new 3010-square-foot ...

Sampler Flight: September 4-8

A week of beer activity crammed into two days

September 7 | Treasure Chest Fest: What started off as a brettanomyces-spiked Belgian IPA brewed to raise funds to support local Susan G. Komen 3-Day walking team Beer for Boobs has since sprouted into a ...

Soda, swine, ice cream & beer

Beer floats traditional and avant garde at Soda & Swine

I’ll admit it. When I heard the founders of Neighborhood, Craft & Commerce, and Underbelly were opening a place where the menu would be revolve around meatballs and apple pie, I had my doubts. Meatballs…good. ...

North Park coffee roaster gets San Diego's first parklet

Caffe Calabria pays for revamping of parking spaces

The city's first parklet was officially dedicated August 23, at 3933 30th Street in North Park. It's in front of Caffé Calabria, which paid for construction and will do all the maintenance. The parklet was ...

An update on the Aztec empire

Vista brewery closing out year dos with new beers and ambition

At nearly two years of age, Aztec Brewing Company (2330 La Mirada Drive, Suite 300, Vista) is one of the elder statesmen in its North County municipality, which is home to eight operating brewhouses with ...

Decision in Sherman Heights Walmart case could spell trouble for opponents of North Park Jack in the Box

Recent ruling finds Walmart misrepresented proposal. However, too late for mitigation to take place.

One is a large box store in Sherman Heights. The other is a Jack in the Box fast-food restaurant in North Park. Both have sent the City to court for allowing them to build outside ...

Will sale of lots in North Park relieve transient problem?

Former hair salon site occupied by homeless campers

The long-empty lot on the southeast corner of University Avenue and Louisiana Street is for sale again. The .21-acre property comprises two separate legal parcels, located at 2305 and 2307 University Avenue. Asking price is ...

Sampler Flight: August 7–11

Local events ranging from a pub crawl to a convention

August 7 | PB Craft Crawl: No community is more primed for a pub crawl than Pacific Beach. But thanks to the teaming of several selective watering holes in and around PB, crawlers now have ...

Polite Provisions' Ocean Side

While Noble Experiment is the worst kept secret among San Diego saloons, its sister ship, Polite Provisions, has a number of secrets yet to be discovered. “Here at Polite Provisions,” says bartender Aaron Zieske, “we’re ...

Grace Ann Piano brings visual story of indigenous cultures to Queen Bee's

Detroit native takes her solo exhibition to Queen Bee's Art & Cultural Center in North Park.

Another Pair of Restaurants Changing Hands

The Linkery to become Waypoint, Downtown Johnny Brown's a brewpub

A few months back, I contacted restaurateur Jay Porter to see if he’d like to have himself and his businesses spotlighted for a chef feature I was working on. To my surprise, he wasn’t interested. ...

Local Habit & Vagabond selling, Brabant coming

Two resto sales and a new, beery Belgian identity for one of them

Since opening two years ago, locavore lair Local Habit (3827 Fifth Avenue, Hillcrest) has gained a reputation as one of San Diego’s beeriest eateries. That reputation came on the back of numerous meet-the-brewer dinners, pairing ...

Jeff Olson, the Mad Chalker

Writing’s on the wall. Graffiti or free speech?

Jeff Olson, prosecuted by San Diego city attorney Jan Goldsmith for writing chalk graffiti on the sidewalk outside a Bank of America branch in North Park.

Rodzilla Reviews

Don't be a jerk to the waiter.

A restaurant employee offers blunt tips for diners who are annoying.

A look inside Hess Brewing North Park

Local nanobrewery favorite ascending to next level with second facility

Even with craft beer available in the many restaurants dotting 30th Street and its bar- and eatery-packed cross-streets, North Park residents are salivating over the upcoming arrival of a long-awaited project touching down in a ...

Beer of the Week: Thorn St. Imperial IPA

India pale ale speaks to North Park brewery's improvement and updside

The first time I visited Thorn St. Brewery (3176 Thorn Street, North Park), I was enamored with the place. A former homebrew supply store that’s been converted into a brewery with indoor and semi-outdoor tasting ...

Brandon Madrid and his art guitars

North Park artist turns vintage objects into guitars, but he also builds high-end instruments worthy of art galleries.

DJ/engineer buys run-down North Park building

Yeah, it’s got high, open-beam ceilings

Nestled between URBN Coal Fired Pizza and the empty old F.W. Woolworth building in North Park sits a building that last housed the Windmill Thrift Shop. After it closed, the structure, owned by a Los ...

Great White Buffalo roams into town

What is it about Great White Buffalo? It’s the kind of music that acts like the perfect tonic for rabid politics and sour television news. GWB is an L.A.-based indie band that is very much ...

Everything is my fault

Math reassures in a Down syndrome wilderness

A Down syndrome boy seeks reassurance from his dad, a veritable mathematician with tons of guilt.

Social Club

Social Club, of North Park, has invented a new genre they call “pull.” “It’s a really bad name,” says John Levan. He fronts the band, writes most of the lyrics, and sings most of the ...

Of nostalgia for a city

A realization on the Coronado bridge.

A former North Park resident returns to San Diego and realizes the choices he made five years ago are what forced him to leave.

North Park/University Heights residents host “Cookies with the Cops”

Area sees 17 percent drop in crime

A group of North Park/University Heights residents gathered at the intersection of Texas and Polk streets on May 15 at 6 p.m. for an informal meeting with three San Diego Police Department officers. The “Cookies ...

Biker Babes in North Park

Confession: I want to learn how to ride a motorcycle. My husband has one—an old Suzuki street bike that he bought for $500. Before he bought it, I rattled off a million reasons why it ...

The Power Seat

Terri shimmied toward the car — shimmied, because there was no way she could get one whole leg in front of another. The only wiggle-room she had was from the shin down, where her long, ...

Coco's Restaurant in North Park is kaput

Wasn't kayoed by nearby “retro” restaurant

Closed down for a couple of months now, the empty Coco's Bakery Restaurant at 2644 El Cajon Boulevard in North Park is still hoping for a new leaseholder. The Coco's in Corona del Mar, California ...

AT&T building still a “public nuisance” in North Park?

Homeless sleep on premises amid graffiti, trash, and urine

The unused AT&T (formerly Pacific Bell) building in North Park continues to have homeless transients, graffiti, the smell of urine, and trash. The fortress-like structure — a perfect canvas for taggers — is located at ...

San Diego Musical Theatre presents a killer diller Chicago at the Birch in North Park

San Diego Musical Theatre’s knock-out production of Bob Fosse’s Chicago must close Sunday, March 3. If you like your entertainment steamy, decadent — and all that jazz — then sprint, don’t just run, to the ...

Oscar night fashion in North Park

In honor of the Oscars, the Junior League of San Diego in partnership with Path of San Diego, put on a red carpet event at West Coast Tavern in North Park. It’s moments like these ...

Breakfast Club Inspired Style

While browsing the racks at Hunt & Gather, a vintage boutique on University Ave in North Park, I ran into the well-dressed duo of Issa Lozano and Domenik Grisanti. Both wore similar bags with very ...

Menswear: The Denim Shirt

Avoiding the dreaded lumberjack look

Remember a few seasons back when guys were plucked and waxed to oblivion? Thank god that's over. Menswear has taken a much more masculine detour into the world of work wear. Men have begun sporting ...

North Park Leggings

Last night my dryer called it quits. We saw it coming. It had been making an alarming sound for weeks, a noise akin to a toddler shrieking. When I went to change out my clothes, ...

North Park’s Bodhi Animal Clinic gets new vets

Practice sold after $3M renovation

The Bodhi Veterinary Clinic and Animal Hospital at 2200 University Avenue in North Park has changed hands. The new owner is Tracy Dowdy, CVPM (certified veterinary practice manager). The purchase price was not disclosed. After ...

North Park Main Street update

Office remodel, financial snapshot

It appeared North Park Main Street, a business improvement district established by the City of San Diego, might be moving. Last month on two walkabouts it was dark inside, boxes and pictures were strewn about, ...