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Karl Strauss Brewing Company has permanently closed the doors to its long-standing La Jolla brewpub and restaurant, the company announced on its website this week. The San Diego-based brewer had operated its namesake brick-and-mortar, at 1044 Wall St., for 25 years.
“We have some bittersweet news to share,” Karl Strauss announced. “We have closed our La Jolla brewpub.” The company’s lease was up for renewal and Karl Strauss made the “difficult decision” not to do so. “The support we’ve gotten from you during the pandemic has been incredible. For that, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” A reason for the decision was not disclosed.
Karl Strauss is encouraging its fans to patronize nearby sister concepts Brewery Gardens in Sorrento Mesa and 4S Ranch on Reserve Drive. Both of these locations are currently open for to-go orders, and “we’re hopeful our outdoor patios will be back open in the upcoming weeks.”
Chris Cramer, Matt Rattner, and Karl M. Strauss launched Karl Strauss Brewing Company in 1989 in downtown San Diego. In total, the company still operates ten brick-and-mortars across Southern California, according to its website.
Karl Strauss isn’t the only business in The Village at La Jolla calling it quits in recent days. Fly Rides, at 7444 Girard Ave., is closing up shop in anticipation of a relocation to Poway, Will Whittle, the company’s managing partner, told La Jolla Light Friday. Whittle is a former board member for the La Jolla Village Merchants Association.