The Aero Club, one of San Diego’s most exemplary dive bars, will soon have a counterpart called Chinatown Bar and Grill in City Heights. A tipster first alerted Eater to the new building at 4727 University Avenue which led us to Bill Lutzius, who has owned the 70-year-old India Street watering hole since 2004.
Lutzius told Eater that he wants to be a part of the continuing development of the up-and-coming neighborhood. He’s spent over a year revitalizing and putting considerable resources into the City Heights property, knocking down the existing site and constructing a new two-story building that spans 2,300-square-feet. The menu will revolve around burgers and other casual bar bites.
The Aero Club, one of Eater’s essential local cocktail spots, is known for its unparalleled whiskey collection which spans more than 800 varieties. Lutzius shared that he plans to eventually offer full liquor at Chinatown Bar and Grill but will likely start out with just serving wine and beer when the eatery opens in a few months.