With tropical cocktails becoming staples on local drink menus, it seems that tiki is trending in San Diego. Among the tiki-infused projects in the pipeline is Miss B's Coconut Club, which broke ground in Mission Beach last month and is targeting a Spring 2016 opening.
Miss B's, which is taking over the 2,300-square-foot Mission Boulevard space vacated by The Boardwalk, counts Pete Cich among its new proprietors; as one of the partners behind the Duck Dive, Cich is familiar with the beachside boulevard. Location Matters' Paul Ahern, who represented Cich and the seller in the deal, said, "I’m elated to see how Pete and his team are going to light up that property and bring that corner back to life with their fresh new concept. Between the Duck Dive and other ventures in the area, Pete and his group have demonstrated an adept ability to implement impressive casual dining gathering places that both fill a niche and are embraced by the beach community."
Cich told Eater that the cocktail bar and restaurant will be inspired by the Caribbean, drawing from the food and culture of Cuba and Puerto Rico and the color and style of the art deco movement in the 1930s. The Boardwalk space is being opened up with a new wrap-around corner at Santa Clara and Mission and will seat 85 inside and 35 outside. The rum-centric cocktail menu will include shareable, tiki-inspired punch bowls and riffs on classic tiki drinks, and there will be 20 beer taps. And the island-influenced eats will range from coconut shrimp to jerk chicken and Cuban sandwiches.