Since 2011, Harbor Town Pub in Point Loma Village has been offering craft beers on tap and a wide assortment of top-notch burgers and wings in a friendly, unpretentious setting.
Chad Cline, restaurant-bar co-owner, said he and business partner Graham Davenport took over the previous establishment on Rosecrans Street nearly a decade ago.
“It was a fine-dining place when we took over and we sank everything into remodeling it,” said Cline. “We built just about everything ourselves, digging in the trenches, pouring concrete, etc. We wanted to make it a neighborhood spot for good people.”
Cline said all the changes wrought by COVID have included Harbor Town’s business model.
“We did a remodel in order to make it so we could have a pick-up window versus bar seating,” he said. “We converted it to include more of a fast-casual element. The outside we converted into a beer garden that we made in the parking lot with giant circus-like tents with tables and lighting.”
The pub’s menu was changed along with introducing tighter health protocols.
“We streamlined our menu concentrating more on our highest sellers to make sure our food was going out as fast as possible under the circumstances,” noted Cline.
Of his menu Cline said burgers have always been a mainstay.
“We love the hamburger and it’s always been great for us,” he said. “We’re also doing some bowls with ahi tuna and red snapper and calamari. We have very high-value menu items. We want to make sure on our menu that whatever customers pay for – they get it. That it was very much worth their money.”
Harbor Town’s menu offers breakfast dishes featuring numerous egg scrambles, biscuits and gravy, chilaquiles, French toast, barbecued pulled pork nachos, salads, sliders, tostadas, ginger soy wings, and a variety of sandwiches and tacos.
Coping with the pandemic has been tough, but Cline is optimistic about the future and a return to something more like normal.
“I hope we can get back to people hanging out with their friends, going to birthday parties and frequenting local restaurants where they’re not afraid of being in a crowded room,” he said. “That would be my main goal: getting people back together with their friends, or even meeting somebody new.”
Cline characterized Harbor Town’s ambiance.
“It’s a neighborhood pub atmosphere, a Cheers-style place,” he said. “We get everybody from the neighborhood, and people from out of town who want to go to a spot where the neighborhood goes.”
What does Cline like about being a restaurateur?
“Making people happy,” he answered. “I just appreciate the honesty and challenges of the business. When somebody comes in hungry and grumpy, and you serve them a meal they really like, and that turns that day around for them, it makes you feel really good about yourself.”
Harbor Town Pub
Where: 1125 Rosecrans St.
Hours: Mondays-Fridays noon-10 p.m., Saturdays-Sundays 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Contact: harbortownpub.com, 619-224-1321.