San Diego Business Journal

URBN Restaurants Plans New Brewery-Eatery in El Cajon

Monday, July 22, 2013

San Diego-based URBN Restaurants Inc., which operates four local restaurants including Basic Urban Kitchen + Bar in East Village, plans to open a new dual-concept craft brewery and pizza restaurant in El Cajon.

A company statement said the operation, to open its doors in early 2014, will house a yet-to-be-named brewery and the third location of the company’s URBN Coal Fired Pizza, which is in North Park and Vista.

URBN Restaurants CEO Jon Mangini is teaming in the new venture with beer industry veteran Alex Carballo, executive chef of Escondido-based Stone Brewing Co. Carballo will be leaving his current position with Stone Brewing near the end of July.

The new 4,000-square-foot facility is at Magnolia Avenue and Main Street, in the space that previously housed El Cajon Brewing Co. The space will be fully redesigned to highlight industrial and casual urban elements featured in Mangini’s other restaurants.

URBN Restaurants’ current eateries also include the recently opened Gang Kitchen in the Gaslamp Quarter, serving Asian cuisine.

— SDBJ Staff Report