San Marcos restaurant, Up In Smoke BBQ, recently announced on social media that it’s closing its doors after four years in business. The bbq spot will pivot its business to offer catering services and a food truck while new tenant Copper Kings Burgers will take over the space to introduce its first brick-and-mortar restaurant.
Owner Jonathan Petr tells What Now San Diego Copper Kings got its start amidst the pandemic, frequenting breweries and bars across San Diego and North County. The business has gained a loyal following which positioned the business to explore options for its own space.
Now with two trailers carrying their full mobile kitchen setup, Copper Kings keeps a busy weekly schedule grilling up burgers and gourmet sandwiches outside of South O Brewing in Oceanside, Wild Barrel in San Marcos, and Pure Project Vista, among other locations.
On the menu, guests can indulge in Copper Kings loaded signature burgers, with next-level sauces and toppings, served on housemade Japanese-style milk buns. July’s seasonal special is the Hawaiian Burger, with grilled pineapple and teriyaki glaze, or try the vegetarian Treehugger sandwich with a fried green tomato patty.
Once the restaurant is up and running, Copper Kings intends to pull back slightly on its regular pop-up pace to allow for catering services, and the potential to explore future restaurant sites in San Diego.
Petr shares October 9th marks Copper Kings Burgers third anniversary in business, which makes a perfect date to celebrate the grand opening of its first restaurant location. Stay updated on Copper Kings Burgers new location and weekly pop-up schedule by following on Instagram.