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Agave-Fueled Métl Bar & Restaurant Opens In San Diego's Gaslamp

December 4, 2019

The Gaslamp space previously occupied by The Hopping Pig is now Métl Bar & Restaurant, an agave-fueled drinking house and comfort food eatery now open in downtown San Diego.

San Diego restaurateur Djani Ivanov - who also operates Farmers Bottega in Mission Hills, Two Blu Ducks in North Park and previously owned Olivetto Cafe & Wine Bar and Aqua Blue - announced in October that he was shuttering The Hopping Pig and partnering with his longtime general manager Jenna Elskamp on a new concept. For the new project, dubbed Métl in honor of the Aztec term for the agave plant, Elskamp would team up with her husband Randy "Randyman" Elskamp, who has been the face of North Park's Cantina Mayahuel for more than 8 years.

Jenna & Randy have revamped the bar menu to focus on tequila, mezcal, and whiskey, and even added a new stage for frequent live music nights. Métl offers a large array of local beers on tap and a cocktail list featuring recipes from other local bars including Lion's Share and Prohibition. The tavern-style food menu includes fun items like a Flamin' Hot Cheetos burger, stuffed pasta shells, shrimp scampi flatbread, and a peanut butter crunch pie with mezcal peanut butter ice cream.

Métl is now open daily from 11-2am at 748 Fifth Avenue in San Diego's Gaslamp. For more information, visit metlsd.com and check out the menu below.