Bruce Kauffman 7:30 a.m., March 11
Just Another BLAH Place in the Inner City
There's a sign up in the windowed front portal that formerly gave way to Soho (and before that, Vesuvio) at 3025 El Cajon Boulevard in North Park. Mere blocks, yet somehow light years away from the thriving section of 30th Street, this space failed to live up to the lofty expectations of its last residents, who lasted only a year before folding up shop, but the new guy applying for ownership of the mid-sized venue brings a degree of promise for a successful turnaround.
Once everything's finalized, Lee Chase will be charging into North Park with two key items - craft beer and a solid following. The owner and idea man behind Normal Heights' Blind Lady Alehouse, which is easily the most popular restaurant in that community and a well-known spot among foodies and beerophiles alike throughout the County, Chase intends to turn the space into a draught beer spot in the near-term and aims to convert it into a full-fledged brewpub a year or more in.
Considering how many people BLAH has been able to lure over the past two-plus years, it would seem there's a good chance Chase's to-be-named second venue may provide the type of well-patronized space that inspires an infill of restaurants and bars along the stretch of 30th Street connecting The Ritual Tavern terminus and El Cajon Boulevard. After all, urbanites can't live off Crazee Burgers alone.
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