Calling the transformation "bigger, better and craftier", the partners behind The Local Eatery & Drinking Hole have reopened their downtown location after a top-to-bottom remodel that has revealed a modernized, spruced-up version of the busy neighborhood joint, which is serving DJ's in the evening.
The Local has gotten even more local, expanding their number of taps and adding 35 additional San Diego beers. Soon, they'll also be brewing their own. The Resident Brewing Company is under construction in an adjacent space and likely eight to ten weeks from completion. Headed up by Robert Masterson, the brewery will produce a variety of beers, from lagers to sours and gluten-reduced brews; on tap is his award-winning coconut IPA, a nut brown, passionfruit pale ale and a black IPA.
Ownership hopes The Local will be added to the urban beer tour route, joining nearby destinations like Ballast Point in Little Italy, Karl Strauss and Stone Company Store downtown and the East Village's Half Door Brewing Company. A second bar in the back of the space will function as The Resident Brewing Company's tasting room, with 19 taps, plus full liquor service. Until the house beers are ready, the taps will be filled with special releases from other craft breweries.