With multiple hospitality groups expanding into the North County beach neighborhood over the last year, Encinitas’ restaurant scene is thriving. Readying to join the growing ranks of eateries in the 92024-area zip code is Covina, CA transplant, Bread & Barley. Founded in 2014 by Victor Linares, it marks the first franchise location for the upscale beer-centric eatery, which is poised to open doors in early May. You’ll find it tucked along Highway 101 next door to Birdseye Kitchen and a stone’s throw from local favorite The Pannikin.
Linares tells Eater that while he and his team will initially “get the ball rolling”, Encinitas local and long-time business owner Ray Herrera will manage day-to-day operations of the franchise. Chefs Andy Lopez and Aldon Raez will head up the kitchen with Raez staying on full time after Lopez heads back to Los Angeles. While details are still being finalized, we’re told the menu will be similar in style to the Covina flagship with a focus on gourmet food, craft beer and wine. Expect burgers, soups, salads, and flatbreads plus plates like fish and chips and shepherds pie alongside rotating seasonal dishes.
Bread & Barley Encinitas will also bring a roster of cool, currently LA-only craft beers to San Diego, including Highland Park, Bottle Logic Anaheim, plus pours from Arrow Lodge Brewing, Bread & Barley’s own brewery arm. There will be a seasonal cocktail program too, designed by front of house manager Mike “Mikey” Sedig. Hours of operation, happy hour, menu specials and a tentative weekend brunch are still in the works with full details coming soon.