San Diego restaurants spruce up for spring

Exciting changes are coming to popular San Diego restaurants. While the face-lifts will make these delicious destinations more modern, innovative or welcoming, one thing won't change -- their tasty dishes and signature styles.

The only 24/7 full-service restaurant in San Diego, Brian's 24 is getting a face-lift that will give it a new modern interior design and furniture that will provide some East Coast flair.

"Our goal is to make Brian's 24 even warmer than it already is. Think East Coast pub meets 24-hour diner," Andrea Epstein, owner and general manager of Brian's 24, said.

Located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, Brian's 24 serves up big portions of home-style comfort food any time of the day. Inspiring breakfasts are available 24 hours a day and include everything from simple bacon and eggs to the popular chicken and waffles. Enormous sandwiches, delicious pastas, house-made meatloaf, late-night specials and a bevy of beverage options make Brian's 24 a great choice any time of day.

"With new floors, wall decor and a refurbished bar, we hope that everyone will continue to enjoy all that we have to offer every morning, noon, night and, of course, late night," Epstein said.

Visit the family-run restaurant that never sleeps online at brians24.com to learn more or download the menu.

Known for serving up real California culinary culture, Fig Tree Café's Hillcrest branch is revamping its patio area to offer a fresh outdoor dining experience for even more local flair.

"The restaurant industry changes all the time; it is crucial to stay innovative and remain relevant. I opened Fig Tree Cafe's Hillcrest location in 2011. Now four years later, I thought it was a good time to give it a little face-lift before summer. Once complete, I will begin remodeling my PB location, which should take about a month and will be ready for summer," Johan Engman, owner of Fig Tree Café, said.

With a great new summer appearance, Fig Tree Cafe Hillcrest will continue to be a great on-the-go spot for daytime diners, as well as a perfect romantic dinner locale once the sun sets. Patrons can enjoy hits such as the Breakfast Sushi, Tequila Lobster Ravioli, unique brick-oven flatbreads and more, all made using in-season, locally grown products.

To learn more about Fig Tree Cafe's authentic and mouth-watering dishes at reasonable neighborhood prices, visit online at figtreeeatery.com.

Just steps from the beach, Pacific Beach Shore Club is also sprucing up for summer. This second-story bar recently installed new hard-wood floors throughout and has begun work on an outside deck that will overlook the ocean.

"We are very excited for our deck. The planning has taken over six years, and we are excited for it to open in May," Billy Ramirez, owner of Shore Club, said. "It will be one of the few places in San Diego where you can dine and enjoy a sunset right on the boardwalk," he said.

With its new deck, this classical-style beach bar will be even more perfect for enjoying local brews and yummy fare that combine the delicious tastes of the sea with preparation that gives them a classic Mexican flair.

Visit pbshoreclub.com to learn more about the ultimate beach-bar experience at Pacific Beach Shore Club.

Pacific Beach AleHouse is temporarily closed as it undergoes restoration following a Feb.16 kitchen fire. Although AleHouse's brewery was not affected, it will also be closed during reconstruction.

"Our plan is to restore the kitchen and make some other changes to the place so it is even better than it already was. We have received a lot of support from the community and other businesses in our industry. We are currently focusing on taking care of our staff as we get our kitchen built back up," Johnny Leal, Pacific Beach AleHouse general manager, said.

In the meantime, visit pbalehouse.com for information about the restaurant and brewery.

Source: DiscoverSD

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