When they opened La Mesa’s first brewery, the partners behind Bolt Brewery declared it “the hoppiest comeback ever.” Less than a year since going into business, they are just three-to-four weeks away from opening the doors to their second location, making for what qualifies as the fastest expansion ever…or at least in recent memory.
Located at 1971 India Street in downtown San Diego’s Little Italy community, Bolt’s satellite location is located in the 1,800-square-foot space Little Italy Side Viewformerly occupied by North End Lounge. The Bolt crew inherited a kitchen with the property, and will use it to provide visitors with food options. At first, that will be limited to a small menu of salads and pizzas. Those items will be washed down with 20 taps offering a line-up of Bolt beers similar to what’s available at the La Mesa brewery, plus a variety of guest beers and wines.
The space, which is decorated to bring the laidback industrial vibe of the La Mesa space, is the handiwork of co-owner Tony Calafato, who spent the past seven months building the satellite location. Calafato spent much of his youth in Little Italy and wanted to go the extra mile to ensure the community got the best Bolt has to offer. He and his partners hope to help along the positive transformation the neighborhood has undergone over the past several years.
Now open, Bolt’s Little Italy space will be open Sunday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Seating will be available indoors at a long bar and high tables, or on an outdoor patio. All in all, the venue will seat roughly 100 patrons.
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