Husband-and-wife team Mick and Manisha Moore are proving they have the right stuff to run a thriving gastropub serving the Peninsula community at 1110 Rosecrans St.
“We're a full-service, sit-down, dinner-table place with specials,” Manisha said noting, “It's a restaurant and we have 40 local, national and international beers on tap.”
Originally from Laos, Manisha, who's been cooking since she was young, is the establishment's executive chef. Mick handles the pub's marketing, promotions, social media and daily operations.
Mick is also well-known to the local yachting and sailing communities having run Pacifica Sailing Charters operating on San Diego Bay for years.
West Side joins the couple's other businesses, and is somewhat of a departure from what they've both done previously.
“My husband's an entrepreneur and we have several business entities,” Manisha said. “We've had an Internet, web design and graphics company, Killer Graffix, since 2001.”
Manisha, herself, has been involved in several culinary enterprises.
“In 2005, I started a private food company, Misha's Cuisine Personal Chef & Catering Services, offering private chef services for special events or catering,” she said. “I've gone to clients’ homes and cooked meals for them.”
Misha also owned a juice bar in Old Town for a time.
“It was awesome and expanded my food repertoire, to go from being a food chef to doing raw food – that was a really great experience,” she said.
The Moores took over the retail spot formerly inhabited by Sweetaly bakery. They spent about eight months renovating the indoor-outdoor space. The couple describe the fare they now serve as “global street cuisine.”
Misha noted West Side is “upscale food with a pub atmosphere.” She said the concept involved having lots of local craft brews, like Sculpin/Ballast Point, and coupling that with high-profile international brews like Guinness, as well as “other brands from Japan and all over the world.”
“It's really a place to come to enjoy craft beer with great food,” Misha said.
Seating capacity inside West Side is 82 at several sit-down tables including an indoor bar and benches. There is also outside patio seating.
“We have six, large-screen TVs,” said Manisha.
Of the gastropub's cuisine, Misha said, “It's a hodgepodge of every flavor of the world,” everything from tacos to noodle dishes to teriyaki bowls. “It's a little bit of everything,” Misha said. “It's very modern, very clean. We try not to pigeonhole ourselves. Our menu is always evolving. The food and drink items will change, and hopefully keep evolving.”
Misha extended an open invitation to the community.
“We want to get the word out that we want people to come and check us out,” she said.
The Moores are happy to be part of the Roseville renaissance.
“Together, we're going to drive more people here and help everybody out,” Misha said. “We're hoping this will become more of a nice destination, that the variety will bring more of the San Diego community out to the island here.”
West Side Tap House
Where: 1110 Rosecrans St.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily
Info: 619-546-8994, westsidetap.com