Former 5th Ave Kitchen & Tap To Reopen As Nola On 5th In San Diego's Hillcrest

March 8, 2021

The owners of Bankers Hill's 5th Ave Kitchen & Tap, which closed last year, are rebranding the concept and reopening it in San Diego's Hillcrest neighborhood as NOLA on 5th, a scratch-made bar & grill serving New Orleans-inspired eats. 

5th Ave Kitchen & Tap was opened in March 2018 by Ron Crilley, who has long run Cardiff seaside haunt The Kraken Bar & Restaurant, and Andrew Boyer, who was formerly the general manager of Carver's Steaks & Chops in Rancho Bernardo. Last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, 5th Ave Kitchen shuttered at 3515 Fifth Avenue. Owners have since taken over the 3,200 square-foot, 1902-era Craftsman house that last housed the short lived "World Famous" Tin Room in Hillcrest to reinvent their concept as NOLA on 5th.

Like 5th Ave Kitchen & Tap, NOLA on 5th will have a kitchen helmed by co-owner Andrew Boyer, who has designed a menu based around New Orleans and Cajun comfort foods and American staples. Expect items like po' boy sandwiches, fried seafood, jambalaya, burgers, wings and desserts, as well as a full bar with cocktails, craft beer and wine. 

NOLA on 5th is expected to open at 3683 Fifth Avenue in Hillcrest once San Diego is permitted to return to indoor dining, which could be as early as this month. For more information, follow the company's Facebook & Instagram pages.