Downtown San Diego welcomes two adjoining foodie locations with The Smoking Gun and Spill the Beans as they open their doors for business on the corner of 6th and Market. Fun fact: the name “Smoking Gun” comes from the history of their basement space, which once housed a shooting range.The Smoking Gun offers a fresh spin on the neighborhood bar and restaurant. Their 16 HD TVs and surround sound will make this a football mainstay, while games such as shuffleboard, ping pong and foosball entertain. Running the show is Eric Johnson, an award-winning cocktail specialist who has mentored and opened some of San Diego’s most prominent venues. Iconic Executive Chef Kevin Templeton (with the Verant Group) is heading up the kitchen with a Southern-inspired menu featuring local and sustainable dishes including brisket, pork shoulder and fried catfish, along with vegetarian sides. Mixmaster Scott Wheeler leads with retro-inspired cocktail creations such as “The Golden Girls” and “The Smoking Gun,” an aromatic cocktail mixed with famous Grouse scotch, Laphroaig Islay, Averna, lemon and mint.The Smoking Gun is located at 555 Market Ave San Diego 92101 and open from Monday – Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.Spill the Beans is located in the adjoining building, and will take care of daytime cravings with home-made breakfast sandwiches and California-style bagels, served with artisan-compounded butter and a selection of house-made cream cheeses. Locally-owned Dark Horse Coffee Roasters is the bean purveyor, allowing Spill the Beans to brew fresh, quality coffee throughout the day. Spill the Beans is open Monday through Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., or Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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