Bankers Hill has been buzzing with speculation about the neighborhood's latest restaurant addition that has been taking shape behind papered windows at the intersection of Laurel and Fifth. Hexagone vacated the space in March and we've learned that a new gastropub, The Corner Drafthouse, is taking the place of the French eatery; Location Matters' Mike Spilky predicts it will be a better fit for the area, saying "It will round out that very prime corner well and likely do significantly higher volume than its predecessor."
The 2,700-square-foot eatery is scheduled to open early next month by managing partners David Creviston and Dan Sobek, who have completely remodeled the space to create a social dining and drinking experience that will feature a mix of booths, bar seating, community tables and three dining patios; it will also have a wall with over 70 local taps of SoCal beer. Creviston's no stranger to beer — he's the managing partner of The Bier Garden of Encinitas — and Sobek is an experienced executive chef who cooked at the Dorchester Hotel in London and The Waldorf Astoria in New York City before landing in San Diego.
Together with chef de cuisine Mark Pultz (formerly of La Valencia), he's created a West Coast-influenced menu of shareable plates, salads, sandwiches and entrees that include a loaded Cobb Salad, jumbo lump crab cakes and their own take on fish and chips. Aiming to become a local hangout, opening for daily lunch and dinner plus weekend brunch, The Corner Drafthouse will also feature seasonal craft cocktails and wine.