Spring has brought a lot of change to the Ocean Avenue commercial corridor. Between all of the new construction and urban design improvements, Ingleside’s main drag feels like it’s getting a makeover.
Ocean Ale House Opening
Miles Escobedo, Daniel Silberman and Eric Almazan are “silently” opening their ocean-beer-surfer themed burger pub called Ocean Ale House today at 5:00 p.m.
The drink list includes 10 locally brewed drought beers and six bottled beers. The wine list is currently in the works but will include two white wines and two red wines, Ingleside native Escobedo said.
Starting out the kitchen is keeping it simple, Silberman said, serving a fresh ground chuck burger on Panorama potato-pepper buns with Russian dressing, house made American cheese, house made quick pickle spears, thin-sliced red onions and shredded iceberg lettuce. The menu also includes house cut French fries and an arugula salad with balsamic vinaigrette and goat cheese, dried cranberries and sliced radish.
Tomorrow night, Latin music group El Guajiro, which hasn’t performed in the space since it was Melanio’s Bistro, will be performing. On Sunday morning brunch will be available starting at 11:00 a.m. The grand opening is slated for Thursday, May 19 at 5:00 p.m.
Ocean Ale House is located at 1314 Ocean Ave.
Ocean Avenue Streetscape Improvements
Sidewalk gardens, eleven new palm trees, pots for plants and seating beset on newly paved sidewalks have sprung up this month on several of the corridor’s intersections and side streets. Unity Plaza is well underway and the Public Works-owned parcels at the Ocean-Geneva avenues intersection are being cleared for public art and a seating area.
I have it on good authority, as a board member of the Ocean Avenue Association, that all of these additions to the neighborhood will be kept in good order. Dan Weaver, the community benefit district’s executive director, would not have it any other way.
Comings and Goings
Wells Fargo is going through the city bureaucracy to open up in the new 280 Brighton Ave. building. The company is required to go through a conditional use project.
Happy Feet at 1334 Ocean Ave. changed hands. It’s now called U Feet Massage. It still appears to be doing brisk business.
District Seven Supervisor Norman Yee has opened his campaign office on Ocean Avenue at the long vacant 1607 Ocean Ave. corner storefront right beside the Ave Bar and Lounge. I’m sure there will be a campaign event or two held at the Ave featuring the bar’s selection of local craft brews.
Poke Bowl at 1250 Ocean Ave. opened its doors this week in the space formerly occupied by Yogurtland. For its grand opening, the company is trading a free toasted s’more for a “follow” on Facebook or Instagram.
The Laundry Basket at 1500 Ocean Ave. lost its lease. The corner space with huge windows beneath the American Federation of Teachers Local 2121 office is now available.
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