Starting next month, Sessions Public will be under new ownership. Its founder, Abel Kaase, opened the craft beer and cocktail bar with food on busy stretch of road between Ocean Beach and Point Loma seven and a half years ago, when gastropubs had yet to saturate San Diego. Citing the challenges of running a small business, Kaase shared that he’d considered shifting Sessions Public in another direction — from a tacos and tequila spot to a pizzeria and an arcade bar — but ultimately decided that the space just needed new blood.
Kaase says that the bar’s next proprietors intend to keep Sessions Public open and will operate it in its current form until later this fall, when it will be remodeled into a fresh space that will likely have a larger focus on cocktails, with the goal of maintaining its customer base and drawing in new guests.
Part of the reason for the sale is to allow Kaase to concentrate on Beerfish, which launched on Adams Avenue last June. The casual seafood eatery will see some changes, including menu additions, a potential cocktail program and a switch from counter-style service to full table service. Kaase says he plans to scale Beerfish for growth, and is actively looking throughout San Diego, from North County to East County, for another location.