It’s Clint and Molly Stromberg’s strong ties to and residence within La Mesa that led them to select the East County municipality when siting their business there in 2014. That interest, Bolt Brewery, has grown to include a second location in downtown’s Little Italy, but the Strombergs aren’t finished. Earlier this year, they purchased Mr. G’s Tavern, a La Mesa bar that’s’ been in operation since 1947. While they have run it under that name and concept since, they will soon re-brand it as Bolt Brewery and Spirits.
Located on La Mesa’s west end at 7081 University Avenue, the 1,285-square-foot bar will be completely rebranded over the next six months. One thing that will stay the same is its 21-and-over status due to it having a Type 48 liquor license. Bolt’s La Mesa headquarters enjoys patronage from a healthy base of loyal locals, but its public space is entirely outdoor. An indoor option made the acquisition of Mr. G’s attractive to the Strombergs.
“We are excited about the west end of La Mesa. We feel like there is a growing community—including ourselves—that would love a fun local hangout with great beer and amazing food,” says Molly Stromberg. “We love La Mesa and feel like offering a second location in this area with a restaurant and indoor space will enhance our already loyal following. We are excited to be a part of the community’s growth.”
While the word “spirits” is in the upcoming venues name, Bolt will not be delving into distilling. It simply refers to the location’s full-liquor capabilities, which will remain the same as they are with Mr. G’s. As far as changes, the Strombergs plan to overhaul the bar, installing roll-up windows up front and increasing furniture and seating capacity.
“Clint and I are just so humbled by how the community in both La Mesa and Little Italy has embraced Bolt,” says Molly. “We are beyond appreciative.”