San Diego's Good Time Design Hospitality Group Takes Over Former El Jardin Space In Liberty Station

February 18, 2021

Good Time Design - the San Diego-based hospitality group behind concepts like Bub's At The Ballpark, The Blind Burro, Moonshine Flats, Lucky's Lunch Counter and more - has taken over the space that last housed El Jardin in Liberty Station for the opening of a new Mexican restaurant and bar.

Founded in 2006 by local businessman and hospitality entrepreneur Ty Hauter, Good Time Design started with the openings of The Double Deuce, The Tipsy Crow and the original Whiskey Girl, which have since all been sold. The hospitality company currently operates 13 venues located in San Diego, CA and Nashville, TN, including the brand new Cerveza Jacks in San Diego's Gaslamp that unveils today. Being Good Time Design lost its 5-year lease operating the historic Loma Club in Point Loma as of December 2019, the company decided in early 2020 to take over the space that previously housed Fireside By The Patio, which was forced to shutter in late September 2019 following an SEC complaint alleging $300 million fraud against the company's founder Gina Champion-Cain. After opening The Presley in the former Fireside space last year, Good Time Design recently doubled down in Liberty Station by taking over the 8,800 square-foot neighboring unit that last housed the public relations-fueled El Jardin. 

The former El Jardin space was previously set to become a third iteration of Encinitas-based Death By Tequila, but that deal fell through. Good Time Design recently finalized a lease on the building and will open a yet-to-be-named Mexican restaurant and bar. While details on the project are still very much in development, expect a menu centered around wood-fire cooking filled with authentic regional Mexican dishes and a full bar with craft cocktails, beer and wine. Expect GTD's corporate chef Todd Nash and resident pit master Ivan Munoz to develop the dishes. The new bar & restaurant will have indoor and outdoor seating with front and back patios featuring fire pits. The yet-to-be named eatery is not expected to open until mid-2021. 

For more information about Good Time Design and its concepts, visit goodtimedesignsd.com.