A new craft beer and food pairing concept is prepping to launch in the heart of North Park. Business partners Jeffrey Paul Buddin and J.Paul "Boomer" Iacoangelo are currently building out a space on Ray Street that will house California Tap Room, which will be a storefront for the San Diego Pretzel Company and a beer tasting room.
The company's hand-rolled artisan pretzels, which are baked in National City, have been available at breweries and restaurants in town, but California Tap Room will offer its full array of pretzel styles, ranging from classic New York to Philly, Munich and jumbo-sized Bavarian double twist, plus gourmet mustard and beer cheese made with a variety of local beer. The North Park eatery, which has a new outdoor patio and parking lot to accommodate special events, will also feature delivery service and a "take-and-bake" option for at-home pretzel prep.
California Tap Room should be open by the beginning of April, although the beer tasting part of the concept is still pending permitting. The craft beer component should hopefully get the all-clear by this summer, when there will be 16 taps of beer and cider to choose from.