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It’s heading for one in the mawnin’ and this place is popping…but in downtown Coronado?

They say Coronado’s usually dead by nine, except for one or two bars like Danny's.

Not from now on. We're about 100 yards from the Hotel Del. Right here in the half-underground space where Wendy’s used to be, The Tavern (1310 Orange Avenue) opened its doors last weekend. This is Day Four in their soft opening.

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Tavern's half underground. These sidewalk-level windows slide open during the day

The thing is, it’s open till two every night. And the kitchen’s open till midnight. Maybe later, later. Tonight's late night menu includes simple comfort food like two grilled seabass tacos for $5, wings for $7 and half pounder burgers for $11 (and yes, unlike Burger Lounge and other upscale burgeries, these burgers come with fries).

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Old industrial bricks make up the bar backboard wall

As yet, no lunch menu. (That’ll come when they start opening late morning. Right now, they're opening around four in the afternoon.) But food should be in the $6-$12 range.

Regular evening entrée prices now range from $12 (burger) to $18 (steak).

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Happy customers. Many late niters are crew from other island eateries

Choice of beers is unspectacular so far, but includes a couple of Stone and a Lost Abbey. But happy hour (4 p.m. – 7 p.m. and 10 till close) has house wines, draft beers and well drinks all at $4.

Nice touch: The counter was once a high school basketball court floor. “Spartans" is half written right along the bar where feet used to pound.

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Old basketball court planks make up the bar top

Actually, the place is full of interesting stuff salvaged from the industrial age.

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Customer Billy keeps old industrial roller table company

At this hour, it seems to also be full of restaurant workers, out from all those other places that close at nine…

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