San Diego Burger Destination The Balboa Bar & Grill Will Revive In Bankers Hill

October 21, 2020

This summer news broke that the original location of San Diego burger destination The Balboa Bar & Grill was permanently closing in Bankers Hill, but we have received word the restaurant is in the process of expanding its footprint with plans to reopen by year's end. 

Opened by former line cook and Bonita-native Tom Logsdon in early 2015, who was previously operating underground burger-centric Doods Food in the bar that was last located in The Balboa's Banker Hill space, The Balboa Bar & Grill quickly became known as one of the top burger spots in America's Finest City. Last December, a second location of The Balboa opened on 3rd Avenue in San Diego's South County city of Chula Vista.

The original location of The Balboa announced its closure this past July due to COVID-19 restrictions on indoor dining. Apparently, the owner of much of the real estate on the block, Uptown Investments LLC, has agreed to assist The Balboa in growing into the neighboring property. The Balboa will soon begin the process of doubling its size by expanding into the space next door to increase capacity in order to survive during pandemic precautions. The eatery hopes to reopen before year's end but there is still no concrete timeline. In the meantime, The Balboa South remains open at 290 Third Avenue in downtown Chula Vista.

The Balboa Bar & Grill is located at 1863 5th Avenue in San Diego's Bankers Hill community. For more information, visit