Local Restaurant Group To Revive Saska's & Surf Rider Pizza In San Diego's Mission Beach

January 5, 2021

San Diego-based restaurant company OMG Hospitality Group (Union Kitchen, PB Alehouse) has taken over the historic Saska's in Mission Beach and neighboring Surf Rider Pizza and will revive both concepts later this year.

After 69 years in business, Saska's restaurant in San Diego's Mission Beach shuttered last spring. Known as San Diego's longest running steakhouse, Saska's was owned by the Saska family since 1951 before selling to Gina Champion-Cain's The Patio Group in 2015. Champion-Cain also converted part the neighboring Saska's sushi concept into a Surf Rider Pizza location.  Both spaces sold after news broke that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission had filed a complaint against Gina Champion-Cain for allegedly operating a "multi-year, $300 million scheme that defrauded approximately 50 retail investors. After pleading guilty to criminal charges this past summer, Cain is currently awaiting sentencing for her role in the fraud.

Saska's and Surf Rider Pizza will reopen later this year under management of new owner OMG Hospitality Group. OMG was founded in 2008 by CEO Eric Leitstein and operates such San Diego bars and restaurants as Pacific Beach Alehouse, Backyard Kitchen & Tap, Waterbar, Sandbar, Encinitas Fish Shop, Pacific Beach Fish Shop, and Union Kitchen & Tap locations in downtown San Diego and Encinitas. OMG plans to resuscitate the Saska's brand as a classic steakhouse, as well as reopen Surf Rider Pizza and its second tier rooftop by this summer, so long as restrictions on dining are lifted. 

"Mission Beach is where our company started," commented OMG Hospitality Corporate Project Manager Catie Davenport. "We are committed  to continue to serve the community for residents and visitors alike. Stay tuned, we can't wait until we can share what we do best with our two new concepts."

For more information about OMG Hospitality Group and its concepts, visit omghospitalitygroup.com