The craft beer-centric izakaya that was supposed to open on University Avenue earlier this summer is slightly delayed due to permitting issues with the city, but owner and North Park resident Nick Thanasith says that the eatery, which is taking up residence in the oldest building in the neighborhood should be ready to go by late August.
One of two new Asian food spots due to land in North Park this year, The Safe House will focus on Japanese pub food, with a menu of small plates ranging from appetizers to yakitori, yakisoba and steamed bun "tacos" filled with braised duck and pork belly. Thanasith says he's in the process of hiring for the kitchen, and will have a chef on hand who is experienced in ramen-making to oversee the execution of the four varieties on offer. Their brunch will lean towards comfort food, from panko-crusted chicken fried steak to a salmon omelette.
The 2,100-square-foot space with an outdoor patio will have seating for at least 50 and Thanasith is installing two handy elements, phone chargers and purse hooks, at the bar, which will have at least 20 San Diego-made beers among its 30 taps. He's planning on devoting a dedicated area within the garage door-fronted restaurant to rotating exhibitions by local artists.
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