Grind House Pulls Out Of San Diego's Historic Barrio Logan

October 30, 2019

After launching in Chula Vista in early 2017, Grind House opened a second San Diego location in April of this year in Barrio Logan, offering an all-day menu of coffee, craft beer, wine, and food. Less than 6 months since opening, the owners of Grind House have decided to permanently shutter the Barrio Logan location.

The first Grind House opened on 3rd Avenue in Chula Vista in January 2017 as an early morning/daytime coffee shop and eventually added beer & wine to its repertoire, as well as a full menu featuring breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and lunch items. In April of this year, a 1,600 square-foot Barrio Logan outpost opened at 2163 Logan Avenue in San Diego's historic Barrio Logan neighborhood. 

Grind House ownership detailed a long-lasting love for the neighborhood and its rich history, but cited a push back against the business due to perceptions of outsider gentrification of the Barrio, as witnessed in 2017 when a Kickstarter to launch a "Modern Mexican Frutería" received fierce backlash from many within the historically Latino community. Ownership stated that Grind House Barrio Logan was subject to many disruptions, including anti-gentrification workshops, calls for boycott, and an inability to interact with neighborhood organizations. Being that Grind House did not feel welcome in the neighborhood, the eatery was closed this week with no intent to reopen.