Duck Foot Brewing, a Miramar-based brewery known for its portfolio of gluten-reduced beers, is expanding its operation to include an East Village restaurant. Located at 550 Park Boulevard, Suite 2104 in the former home of Parlour, the 1,500-square-foot space will be outfitted with 16 taps of Duck Foot beer, including specialties and one-offs exclusive to the new property. “Duck Foot East Village” is scheduled to open in early May.
In keeping with the company’s MO, the entire menu will be made up of gluten-free offerings. Confirmed items at this time include peachwood-smoked olives, poke with chicharron, smoked soy and cilantro, and a selection of salads including one with goat cheese, peanut brittle and strawberry-sherry vinaigrette. Dishes going beyond the starter stage will also be available but are currently in development.
The space will offer seating for 80, with capacity for 60 indoors at communal tables, booths and bar stools, plus room for 20 on the patio. Interior design is being handled by Jessica Kovarsky of Studio Aya. Upon opening, the business will be open evenings only while the staff get their systems in order.
When looking to expand, Duck Foot owner Matt DelVecchio and company originally searched for a space in North San Diego County. They were unable to find a spot without a full kitchen, but ironically decided to add that once broadening their search and discovering their new digs downtown. Duck Foot secured the space more than a year ago, and is happy to be nearing the finish line with the project.
Duck Foot’s eatery is one of two new brewery-owned venues currently in the works in the East Village. Wyoming-based Melvin Brewing is also planning to hunker down at the intersection of 13th and Market Streets. Those businesses will join Half Door Brewing and Knotty Brewing—which are both roughly three blocks away from Duck Foot’s new spot—as brewery venues servicing the more-developed portions of the East Village. Other brewing interests in the community’s less-settled areas are 10 Barrel Brewing, Mission Brewery and Monkey Paw Brewing. At 130 mostly-compact city blocks, the East Village suddenly finds itself saturated with suds.