After 12 Years, San Diego's Verant Group Sells True North Tavern In North Park

September 6, 2021

After more than 12 years in business, True North Tavern in San Diego's North Park has been sold by longtime owner the Verant Group.

True North Tavern was opened in February 2009 by San Diego-based Verant Group, which owns several area bars & restaurants, including Tavern in Pacific Beach, Sandbar Sports Grill in Mission Beach, Barleymash in the Gaslamp Quarter, The Smoking Gun in downtown San Diego, Mavericks Beach Club in Pacific Beach, and two locations of Spill The Beans coffee bar and bagel shop. This summer, True North Tavern was purchase by Diah Asker and Ray Ibrahim, who also have ownership interests in Junction 52 Bar & Grill and Junction Bar & Grill locations in El Cajon and Scripps Ranch. The Junction Bar team also recently purchased Jimmy's Restaurant in Santee and have another outpost in the works for 801 Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach. 

It is believed that True North Tavern will stay mostly as-is, with a few upgrades planned for the interior and menu, although there is a chance it may be rebranded to become another Junction Bar & Grill in the near future. Ownership plans on renovating the kitchen, as the bar previously shared its kitchen with the former Urban Solace space next door. We reached out to True North's new ownership for comment but did not receive a response by the time of publishing. 

True North Tavern is located at 3815 30th Street in San Diego's North Park community. For more information, visit