New food options are surging in the suburbs. Waypoint Public has just swung open the doors of its second location, which lands in northeastern San Diego’s Black Mountain Ranch community. One of Del Sur Town Center’s full-service restaurants, it’s surrounded by other recently-launched eateries, including fresh outposts from Burger Lounge, Board & Brew and soon-to-open spots specializing in everything from sushi to gelato, Thai and Italian food.
The craft beer-centric eatery, which first debuted in North Park back in 2013, earned popularity for its food and drink program combined with a welcoming family-minded atmosphere, and owner John Pani says his growth plans for Waypoint Public will focus on bringing the kid-friendly concept to other local neighborhoods in need of such a gathering space. Pasquale Ioele, associate vice president of tenant broked Urban Strategies Group, said, “We are excited for Waypoint’s opening and are thrilled to be part of their continued expansion in San Diego. Del Sur is a great fit for Waypoint because of the community’s appreciation for craft culture with a family-friendly dining experience.”
Although the 3,500-square-foot restaurant houses hexagonal-shaped play cubbies, plenty of books and toys, and a dedicated kids menu, there is more than enough to attract adults, like the 30 taps of craft beer, plus taps for wine and cold brew, and a new cocktail program from bar manager Jhonny Ramos that features mule variations, beer cocktails and brunch sippers that include the Snooze Button, an eyeopener than mixes Cutwater Horchata Vodka with Modern Times Cold Brew. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and brunch on weekends, Waypoint Public is guided by executive chef Rich Sweeney, who recently refreshed the seasonal menu — keeping the gastropub’s signatures but adding healthier options including vegan and gluten-free plates; for the chef’s table set in front of his new open kitchen, Sweeney intends to cook up custom menus and other special dinners.