There are many new things coming to North Park this year! Restaurants, breweries, retail stores and fitness studios, and art collectives – check out everything we have to look forward to down below.
MetlBar Creamery & Cafe
MetlBar is located at 2835 University Ave and will be open8am – 2pm daily!
Day to Day Vintage Clothing Store
After two years of curating and merchandising second-hand fashion, David Chun has opened a brick and mortar store in North Park where Controversial Bookstore used to be called Day to Day Creative Studios.
The store specializes in pieces from the ‘90s and early ‘00s, but will be broadening its selection to vintage items dating back to the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s. Everything in the store is hand-picked and specially curated. Read more here.
The store is located at 3063 University Ave, and is open Tues – Sun 11am – 7pm.
Carlsbad’s Rouleur Brewing will be opening their second location in North Park, taking the place of Belgian, Beer and Waffle. The tasting room is equipped with a kitchen, offerings from which will be devised by local chef Tyson Blake, who is also co-owner of O’Brien’s Pub, West Coast Smoke and Tap House and Keg Seeker. Coffee will also be on the menu at the North Park tasting room. Coming aboard to establish that program will be Nikki Peterson, a java professional with years of experience owning and operating a pair of coffee shops in Wyoming.
If all goes as planned, the new venue will open in mid-summer of this year. The tasting room will be located at 2899 University Avenue in North Park. Read more here.
Although Barre3 San Diego has been offering outdoor and livestream classes for about a year now, their brick and mortar studio in North Park will be undergoing construction and opening SOON! Barre3 is designed to help you increase strength, reduce stress, improve balance, and build a mind-body connection. While you wait for their studio to officially open, check out some of their outdoor and virtual classes HERE. The studio will be located at 3752 30th St San Diego, CA 92104.
Swami’s Café Owner Jaime Osuna will embark on a new venture called Nautica at 3794 30th Street.
Swami’s Café is known to specialize in healthy, fresh meals like acai bowls and green salads. A typical Swami’s menu also offers brunch classics like waffles and omelets, as well as gastropub-esque dinner options like burgers and pork chops.
Osuna told What Now San Diego that North Park locals can expect a new concept altogether with Nautica, which will focus more on Mexican food, seafood and drinks than his other local outposts. Nautica will fill the space left by Waypoint last Fall. Nautica is set to open by the summer. Read more here.
Chop Suey Social Club
The Peking Café served Cantonese cuisine for three generations until they announced their closure in 2018 and served their final entrée in March of 2019. A recent permit filing revealed that an establishment by the name of Chop Suey Social Club will soon be entering the premises at 2877 University Ave., under new ownership. Details are being kept under wraps, but a real estate representative told What Now San Diego that the new business intends to open soon.
The name Chop Suey is to be kept for historical purposes, the real estate representative explained; the Chop Suey Social Club’s menu and brand will be an original concept developed by the new ownership. Although information is scarce, it is believed Chop Suey Social Club will maintain the iconic storefront but will be a unique concept not related to Pekin Café. Expect an Asian-fusion restaurant, bar and lounge with a modern interior decor. Read more here.
Patisserie Melanie, a french patisserie, has begun construction on their new home at 3750 30th Street.
Each item on the Pâtisserie Mélanie menu is handmade in very small batches in the chef’s home kitchen located above the boutique. Macarons are piped by hand. Yeasted dough and butter are “turned” by hand to create lots of lovely layers before being hand cut and rolled into croissants. And seasonal fruit is preserved five jars at a time! This respect for the ingredients and French methods produces a one-of-a-kind culinary experience for customers. Visit their website for more information here.
Connect San Diego
Located at 3784 30th St, Connect San Diego is a place for artists of multiple disciplines to create, practice, sell their products, host events and connect with each other. The walls are lined with paintings, clothes and other merchandise artists are selling. The space will be used for future art-related events. The space is free to enter for non-members 11 a.m.-8 p.m. but costs money after hours. For members, it is always free to enter the space. Visit their website here.