February 22, 2015
On Monday, Feb. 16, a grease fire in the kitchen at Pacific Beach AleHouse turned into a 2-alarm fire, causing about a million dollars in damage. The kitchen sustained substantial damage that is still being assessed, and although the Brewery does not appear to have been affected, it will not be operational during reconstruction.
The majority of the employees at Pacific Beach AleHouse have been placed in OMG Hospitality Group restaurants, while some local establishments have temporarily hired others. The Duck Dive, another local Pacific Beach bar and restaurant, will be featuring a guest bartender from Pacific Beach AleHouse for the next few weeks.
The added Pacific Beach AleHouse staff is filling roles that were still vacant at Backyard Kitchen & Tap and will not affect any staff that was already hired. While Pacific Beach AleHouse is closed for repairs, Backyard Kitchen & Tap will feature 4 to 6 items on their menu from Pacific Beach AleHouse. Backyard Kitchen & Tap is at 832 Garnet Avenue where the old Moondoggies was located. It has been extensively remodeled and now features an outdoor area with living walls, cabanas, fire pits and an indoor and outdoor bar.