San Diego foodies who have been missing their chicken and waffles can breathe a sigh of relief - Brian's 24 is back and better than ever.
For the last four weeks, the popular 24-hour eatery has been undergoing a facelift to help better serve its loyal clientele.
"People were definitely missing their breakfast spot, their 24-hour spot and their pancakes and waffles," said Andrea Epstein, one of four family members who owns and operates Brian's 24. "The customers are happy we've finally reopened."
Epstein said the restaurant reopened May 14, looking better and brighter than ever.
"There was nothing structurally changed during the update, it was all aesthetic," she said. "We've been in this spot for 6.5 years, and it was just time for a freshen up."
The facelift included the addition of a lot of wood, mixed metals and fun colors, inspired by the warmth of an East Coast diner with West Coast hues of sun and surf. A non-traditional twist of classic swivel counter stools are set next to modern, 80-percent recycled Philippe Starck chairs. Jennifer Guerin of JG Color Studios, the project's designer, also streamlined the seating to fit more downtown and out-of-town bodies into the popular eatery.
There are three key elements of Brian's 24 which remained during the facelift. "We still have the bar from Joan Crawford's estate, the beautiful chandelier and the copper kitchen," said Epstein. "These are our hallmark pieces, and they remain intact."
Brian's 24 already features over 200 dishes on its menu, and is dedicated to serving breakfast any time. As part of its overall facelift, Brian's has added 10 new items to its offerings. The new items include the Waffle Cristo - a thin-sliced ham and cheddar jack cheese between two halves of the restaurant's own bacon waffle, topped with powdered sugar and served with French fries.
Other new items include the Cheesesteak Omelette, Chicharrachos and Chicharrones, Buffalo Tots, Jose's Machaca Enchiladas, JJ's BBQ Beef Melt, ABC Burger and Mediterranean Chicken. The dessert menu also has a new item, the Salted Caramel Cheesecake - a creamy cheesecake layered with gooey caramel on a graham cracker crust.
One thing that hasn't changed about Brian's 24 is the great service, said Epstein. "We have the same good food, same friendly employees and same great service."
Brian's 24 is located at 828 Sixth Ave. Check out the complete Brian's 24 menu at brians24.com.