Now open at 4839 Newport Avenue in the 2nd story space that previously housed OB Warehouse in Ocean Beach is the 5th location of the popular San Diego morning destination Breakfast Republic.
We broke the news earlier this year that the Cohn Restaurant Group was closing OB Warehouse and the bi-level space would be used for a Breakfast Republic outpost on the top story and a Coin Haus Beer & Games location on the ground floor. While much of the previous OB Warehouse space has been kept intact, including the 1965 Airstream trailer with views into the kitchen, Rise & Shine Restaurant Group updated the area to conform to its Breakfast Republic brand, including the additions of a downstairs waiting lounge with signature egg chairs, a living wall with clever phrasing, community seating options, a large party booth, humor-cracking signage, a merchandise section, pancake whisk lights, and an outdoor covered patio.
Breakfast Republic is the brainchild of Rise & Shine Restaurant Group founder Johan Engman, who got into the breakfast game with his first Fig Tree Cafe in Pacific Beach, which opened in 2008. He now has three Fig Tree locations (PB, Hillcrest & Liberty Station), and since debuting in 2015, consistently packs the house at what is now five locations of his rapidly expanding Breakfast Republic empire of eateries (North Park, Liberty Station, Encinitas, East Village, and Ocean Beach - with a Carmel Valley branch on the way). Engman is also in the process of opening several other restaurant concepts, including North Park Breakfast Company, Pizza Republic in North Park, and El Jardin in Liberty Station, with greater expansion plans on the horizon.
For more information on Breakfast Republic, visit breakfastrepublic.com, peruse the menus, and check out the video below for a walkthrough of the OB location with founder Johan Engman.