A burger pop-up that garnered good will during its time in San Diego has found a forever home at the crossroads of Ocean Beach and Point Loma, where it will replace Sessions Public. Originally launched as Royale with Cheese (a reference that should be familiar to even the most casual of “Pulp Fiction” fans), the new restaurant will be called Royale.
Founders Mariah and Jordan Brownwood first launched Royale as a food cart when living in Austin, Texas. In San Diego, they were recruited to run the food service at Park & Rec when the University Heights bar opened in 2015. During their year in residence, the eatery was popular for its menu of burgers, sandwiches, tater tots and salads.
All those items and more will be available soon at Royale. The Brownwoods, along with partner Andy Zlotnik (Park & Rec, Waypoint Public) shuttered Sessions Public last weekend after running it since October. Planning to reopen in early December, the new space will be lighter and brighter, with a retro beachy design that will be the setting for Royale’s relaxed menu. The Royale with Cheese, their signature burger, will feature local grassfed beef and a Sadie Rose bun, plus gruyere cheese, bacon, caramelized onions, house pickles and special sauce. Beyond burger variations, there will be diner favorites including a patty melt and chicken nuggets as well as cheese and charcuterie plates, grilled fish sandwiches, a vegan burger, and roasted and fried vegetables. Weekend brunch will feature egg-topped breakfast sandwiches.
Jordan, a bartender who worked at East Village’s Rare Form for three years, will be directing a seasonal cocktail menu based on citrus and produce from his own family farm in Valley Center where they also grow fresh hops for local breweries. There will also be eight to ten beer taps, wine on draft, kombucha and house sangria.