San Diego-Born Fast Casual Chain Burger Lounge Ends Run In The Gaslamp Quarter

August 30, 2020

The Gaslamp location of San Diego-born fast-casual chain Burger Lounge has permanently closed after nearly a decade in business.

The first Burger Lounge eatery was opened in La Jolla in 2007 by Dean Loring and Michael Gillian. The Gaslamp location unveiled at 528 Fifth Avenue in 2011.

"Gaslamp restaurants depend largely upon convention guests along with local and regional tourism, neither of which are thriving during the Covid pandemic," wrote Burger Lounge founder Dean Loring. "We also believe this trade area will be slow to recover given the new social paradigm. That, along with our inability to come to terms with our landlord during our lease renewal have caused us to close our Gaslamp Burger Lounge. We are thankful for many prosperous years in this location and we greatly appreciate our guest’s support during that time. The Covid pandemic has caused nearly all restaurant companies to rethink how they deploy resources and this decision is representative of that logic."

Other Gaslamp Quarter-area restaurants that have permanently shuttered since the coronavirus pandemic began include Searsucker, Bang Bang, Donovan's Steak & Chophouse, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, The Dubliner, and Artisan Noodle Tatsuki.

There are still local Burger Lounge locations open for business in in Carlsbad, Coronado, Del Mar, 4S Ranch, Hillcrest, Kensington, La Jolla and Little Italy. For more information, visit