Though I always passed it up for nearby competitors Churchill’s Pub & Grille or Sublime Ale House, there was something comforting about driving past Penny Lane Pub & Grill. Tucked off the side of San Marcos Boulevard, it was a constant — a Brit-outfitted mainstay for two decades. But, as of September 22, it will be closed down to make way for a new concept. It’ll feel strange not having The Beatles’ song of the same name chime off in my head, but it would see a pretty decent concept will be installed in Penny Lane’s place: Inland Tavern.
The concept of Peter Zacarias, a native San Diegan who helped open The W San Diego Hotel Downtown, Inland Tavern is described as a spot with a raw, rock, coastal vibe and a modern, beach-away-from-the-beach culture. This would seem a nice addition to a community that epitomizes inland living. Twenty beers, craft cocktails, and an extensive wine list will be available along with a worldly menu developed by chef Rob Conaway, who states his bill of fare will change constantly as he discovers new and exciting ingredients. He’ll also strive to be adventurous, but not to the degree that he alienates diners.