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First Piece of Quartyard Project, a Coffee Component, Debuts Saturday

East Village's new food, drink, event space is about to debut its first piece.

Starting Saturday, Quartyard will serve its first cups of Joe.

Mission Hills' Meshuggah Shack Coffee Shop is cued up to be Quartyard's first tenant to swing open its recycled shipping container doors, RAD LAB CEO Philip Auchettl tells Eater.

He sent us this photo of the outdoor coffee and espresso joint this morning. Thank Meshuggah's successful $43,000 Kickstarter campaign for the new locale, which promises "a heaping spoonful of sparkle, disco, drag, magic, religion, and other weirdnesses-of-the-day."

The meat of the park is on tap to open in mid-February, Auchettl tells Eater. That includes an outpost of S&M: Sausage and Meat, the new concept from Slater's 50/50's, a dog run and a 10,000-square-foot beer garden, run by Best Beverage Catering that will be pouring local craft beer by the quart or half quart as well as serving wine and cocktails. And there will be a rotating roster of food trucks on site for lunch and dinner, curated by Curbside Bites.

Transforming the 30,000-square-foot, long-empty lot on Market Street is the first project for Auchettl's urban planning group, aiming to develop underused or vacant lots into outdoor gathering places for local communities. He doesn't have details on future projects but assures Eater that San Diego has plenty of potential.

"San Diego is traditionally somewhat conservative so it's good to start pushing it out of the box a bit and get creative with architectural possibilities," says Auchettl.

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