A Brewery Fails to Open in Ocean Beach: Little Miss Brewing Calls It Quits

by on September 6, 2017 · 7 comments

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An unusual thing has occurred within the budding brewpub explosion in Ocean Beach. A brewery tasting room has failed to open on Newport Avenue and the owners have obviously called it quits.

Little Miss Brewing apparently is not going to happen. Inside construction has stopped and a Three Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit was taped to the outside of a glass door for a few days.  It was dated September 2, 2017.

Inside construction has come to a halt in the World War II motif brewpub. This and above photo by South OB Girl.

Speculation is the owners failed to obtain an on-site alcohol sales permit from ABC. This after numerous complaints and reports of the over-saturation of OB with booze-selling establishments.  The community has something like 300-plus percent of its entitled alcohol selling permits.

The OB Planning Board even took a decisive move last month by passing a resolution opposing any additional off-site sales permits. It unanimously passed a motion to oppose any future permits for off-site sales of alcohol by any business at its monthly meeting in early August.

It was in mid-January of this year when we ran a post on its planned opening:

Little Miss Will Become 7th Beer Taproom on or near Newport

Apparently, yet another beer pub is moving into Ocean Beach on Newport Avenue.

In an article published Jan. 17th by Ian Anderson in the San Diego Reader, Little Miss Brewing has just announced that it has signed a lease for the space at 4861 Newport – and pending licensing – plans to open a satellite tasting room at that location. It will be in a 2000 square feet space and Little Miss will offer 20 taps.

The brewery company also plans to open a tasting room in Normal Heights. The 5-month old business, run by Jade and Greg Malkin, began their San Diego operations in a Miramar brewhouse, and soon found a success. Little Miss has a general motif of World War II imagery. …

The Little Miss pub will become the seventh – that’s right, the seventh – brewery or beer tasting room to either open or that has plans to open on Newport Avenue or that is within a block of OB’s main commercial street.

Now this:

“THREE DAY NOTICE TO PAY RENT OR QUIT (COMMERCIAL)” – and dated September 2nd, 2017.


{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Frank Gormlie September 6, 2017 at 1:58 pm

I know, I can’t read it either (the 3-day notice).


Elliott September 6, 2017 at 8:09 pm

Frank, here is a link to the full-res notice.



Frank Gormlie September 7, 2017 at 10:51 am

Elliott, thanks – that really helps; go to his link if you want to read the entire notice.


OB Mercy September 6, 2017 at 2:38 pm

While this was pending, it looks like they opened a tasting room in Normal Heights a couple of months ago.


South OB Girl September 7, 2017 at 11:57 am

They had a kind of cool design theme… And got part was there on Newport!! Satin-looking curtains on the ceilinresets/are kinda cool!!


South OB Girl September 7, 2017 at 11:59 am

Oops typos. They had a cool design theme going! And got part way there on Newport. Satin-looking curtains on the ceiling were/are kinda cool…


Pedro February 9, 2018 at 8:37 pm

A small business needs to know before investing tens of thousands of dollars that the city and neighborhood will refuse its permit. Far less crime is created by micro breweries then full liquor bars (that also sell cheaper beer).
“While the Malkins respect the job and authority of the ABC and appreciate the hard-working nature of ABC employees, they echo the opinion of most (including ABC employees) that the department and its local offices are severely understaffed during this time of unprecedented brewery openings. During the many months they spent trying to open the OB tasting room, meetings with ABC agents typically yielded little in the way of concrete answers or reliable advice. Often, one agent would contradict the other. In the cases where they agreed, other governmental factions saw things differently. Additionally, the Malkins were told to call ABC reps at different offices as well as various individuals at the City of San Diego offices and SDPD. Most calls went unanswered, as did requests for information.”


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