December 8, 2015
A literal shitty situation has resulted in the closure one of downtown's original beer meccas. Yard House has announced that its downtown San Diego location at 1023 4th Avenue and Broadway will remain permanently closed following a recent flood which caused extensive damage to the restaurant. The downtown location, which opened in 2003 as the 4th Yard House restaurant in the United Stated (there are now over 60), closed November 1 due to a water main issue that caused a sewage tsunami within the restaurant, even displacing numerous residents of the Viridian Lofts, situated directly above the restaurant.
“We’ve made the very difficult decision to close our downtown San Diego location,” said Craig Carlyle, president of Yard House. “It’s a very sad day for the Yard House family, especially our downtown San Diego team members. This was never our original intent, but after evaluating the situation we determined it was no longer feasible to operate from this location.”
Darden, the parent company of Yard House, which also owns such restaurant chains as Eddie V's, Seasons 52, and Olive Garden, to name a few, has been able to place more than 40-percent of its downtown staff at various Darden restaurants throughout San Diego County.
Earlier this week Yard House marked its 19th anniversary and has grown from a single restaurant along the Long Beach waterfront to 63 units nationwide. This past weekend the company opened two new locations in Moorestown, New Jersey, and Friendswood, Texas.
Yard House opened a second San Diego location in September at Westfield Mission Valley off Interstate 8, which welcomes guests daily for lunch, dinner and late-night dining.
For more information, visit yardhouse.com.