Happy Does Bar & Restaurant Unveils In San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter

April 7, 2022

San Diego's Good Time Design hospitality company has unveiled Happy Does, a retro American bar & restaurant now open in the old Gaslamp Strip Club space.

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 around a dozen venues located in San Diego, CA and Nashville, TN, including Cerveza Jacks in San Diego's Gaslamp, The Blind Burro, Moonshine Flats, Lucky's Lunch Counter, The Presley in Liberty Station, Moonshine Beach in Pacific Beach, and Go Go Amigo

The former Gaslamp Strip Club space was previously in the process of being rebranded by longtime operator Cohn Restaurant Group to become a new concept dubbed Classic Blue, but that project was abandoned midway through development due to the pandemic. The company behind Pendry San Diego has plans to build another luxury hotel in San Diego's Gaslamp in the spaces where Dick's Last Resort and Gaslamp Strip Club sat, so its developer The Robert Green Company leased the former Strip Club space to Good Time Design earlier this year until construction is set to begin in the next few years.

Fresh off last month's opening of Go Go Amigo in Liberty Station, Good Time Design has launched its newest concept in the Gaslamp called Happy Does, which will offer a nostalgic Americana vibe and a concise menu of simple American comfort foods to be paired with playfully named cocktails, cold beers & shots. GTD's corporate chef Todd Nash and resident pit master Ivan Munoz developed the dishes, which include jumbo chicky tendies, the Big Kenny chicken sandwich, loaded fries, and the Smash Diego burger served upside down.

Named after the song of the same name by Kenny Chesney, the retro indoor-outdoor bar will feature a resident DJ, DJ Legend, who will play a mix of 80s, 90s and throwback hits mixed with current pop tracks. The venue will soon add live music, everything about Happy Does will inspire patrons to leave their worries at home and embrace good times and happy vibes.  

Happy Does is now open Thursday through Sunday at 340 Fifth Avenue in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. For more information, visit happydoesbar.com and check out the menu below.