Hospitality veteran Jon Mangini of URBN Restaurants Inc. (BASIC Urban Kitchen + Bar, URBN Coal Fired Pizza, GANG Kitchen) will open doors this April to URBN Coal Fired Pizza El Cajon and URBN’s new in-house brewery operation, URBN St. Brewing Co. The 4,000 square foot dual-concept launch will take Mangini’s collective eastward, bringing a renewed spirit to a bustling street corner at 110 N. Magnolia Avenue in the heart of downtown El Cajon. Previously occupied by El Cajon Brewing Company, the space is currently undergoing construction to boast the same raw industrial elements and casual urban appeal that has become Jon’s signature mark on the city’s hospitality scene.
Tapping two of San Diego’s respected beer industry veterans, Mangini will partner with Head Brewer, Callaway Ryan, and Executive Chef, Alex Carballo, both formerly of Stone Brewing Co. fame. Together the team is thrilled to bring their vision of great beer and food to life in El Cajon’s growing neighborhood.
A multifaceted brewer, Callaway will transition from production under Stone’s twin 120-barrel systems to a much smaller scale 15-barrel, premier direct-fired brewhouse. Having spent the bulk of his career working on smaller systems, Callaway admits that he has missed many aspects of manual brewing and is excited to grow the brewery from scratch. Expect to see URBN St. Brewing Co.’s beers on tap at the collective’s other restaurants including BASIC, URBN (North Park and Vista) and Gang Kitchen, as well distribution throughout greater San Diego in the year to come.
URBN St. Brewing Co. and URBN El Cajon are anticipated to open sometime in April. For more information on URBN restaurants, visit urbnnorthpark.com, urbnpizza.com, barbasic.com and follow URBN St. Brewing Co. on Facebook.