Following months of rumors, Pop Pie co-founder Steven Torres is confirming that the University Heights eatery is moving forward with an expansion into Ocean Beach. On the heels of celebrating its second anniversary, the Park Boulevard pie shop’s owners are gearing up to launch an adjacent ice cream store and embarking on a major project that will land at corner of Bacon Street and Niagra Avenue where it replaces Nati’s Mexican Restaurant, which closed in June after six decades in operation.
Construction may be completed by late 2018 or early 2019 on the 3,600-square-foot restaurant that will include a wrap-around patio and seating for 130 guests. One section will feature a counter stocked with its signature sweet and savory pies and a coffee bar; customers strolling by will also be able to order both coffee and ice cream from a walk-up window. Another section will house a horseshoe-shaped cocktail bar.
The much larger footprint will allow Pop Pie co-founder and executive chef Gan Suebsarakham to explore more of his culinary skill set. Suebsarakham says that his all-day cafe menu will include British-inspired small plates, brunch dishes, biscuits, and other baked goods. Torres tells Eater that they also plan to host special events in an adjacent parking lot.