It’s True After All – Pop Pie Moving Into Former Nati’s

by on October 15, 2018 · 21 comments

in Ocean Beach

Artist rendering of future OB Pop Pie interior.

It took Eater San Diego to break the big news: Pop Pie from University Heights is moving into the former Nati’s in Ocean Beach.

It reports Pop Pie co-founder Steven Torres has confirmed – after months of denials – they’re moving into the space at Bacon and Niagara that previously was the home of one of OB’s original eateries.

Construction of the new Pop Pie could be over by the end of this year or early 2019. They’ll have space for a 130 patrons. They report:

Construction may be completed by late 2018 or early 2019 on the 3,600-square-foot restaurant that will include a wrap-around patio and seating for 130 guests. One section will feature a counter stocked with its signature sweet and savory pies and a coffee bar; customers strolling by will also be able to order both coffee and ice cream from a walk-up window. Another section will house a horseshoe-shaped cocktail bar.

Eater also adds the following – and if you read it closely, it gives clues to another mystery – what’s to become of Nati’s parking lot:

The much larger footprint will allow Pop Pie co-founder and executive chef Gan Suebsarakham to explore more of his culinary skill set. Suebsarakham says that his all-day cafe menu will include British-inspired small plates, brunch dishes, biscuits, and other baked goods. Torres tells Eater that they also plan to host special events in an adjacent parking lo

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obsurfer October 15, 2018 at 2:38 pm

All I see is another boring bar.


Chris October 15, 2018 at 6:01 pm

Have you been to the one in University Heights on Park blvd?


obsurfer October 16, 2018 at 10:36 am

no definitely not interested. good luck


Chris October 16, 2018 at 7:11 pm

So you’re mind is already made up that you won’t like it? Even if you have chance to see it before it goes up in OB? Wow. Talk about small minded. Plus it’s primary a restaurant that has a bar (beer only). Plus food is excellent but guess you won’t go because it’s not Nati’s.


obsurfer October 17, 2018 at 9:50 am

No I wont go because I’m not into Pies. Talk about small minded. Laughing out loud over here pal.


OB Mercy October 15, 2018 at 2:41 pm

SO excited to finally have some GREAT food in this spot, nostalgic memories notwithstanding (I was never a fan of Natis). I’ve been a big fan of Pop Pie since opening and made friends with owners Steve and Gus. You couldn’t ask for two nicer guys who will make a great addition to our community. Food is off the charts delicious!


Debbie October 15, 2018 at 4:28 pm

Looks very “grey”! Ahh…..nice hard metal stools to sit on. Whoopie :-)

I hope their food is out of this world because so far it’s not too exciting.


Vern October 15, 2018 at 4:35 pm

We’ll give Pop Pie a chance. Nati’s time came and went.


Chirs October 15, 2018 at 6:03 pm

In the meantime you can try out the one on Park blvd.


Vern October 16, 2018 at 12:48 pm

Maybe, if ever in that area.


Chris October 16, 2018 at 7:12 pm

You should. It’s not that far.


Eric October 16, 2018 at 9:40 am

I think it’s fantastic that a small local company is willing to put their investment necks on the line and are investing in our community. Their arrival should be celebrated and embraced instead of bagging on their decor. I look forward to trying their food.


Debbie October 16, 2018 at 2:42 pm

IMO, decor is a main attraction. Just like a house. If you don’t like or attracted to what is looks like then you don’t rent it or buy it.

I do think this decor will appeal to the youth but I wonder if youth are into eating pot pies unless maybe there is pot inside?

Good luck to the newcomer. Maybe the tourists will dig it.


Chris October 16, 2018 at 7:20 pm

I’m sure many locals will, just like the do at the other location if which I’ve seen very few tourist go in.


Geoff Page October 16, 2018 at 10:30 am

Looks just like the inside of the new Ketch restaurant where the Red Sails was. My kids said it was hipster, which was why I didn’t get it. No character at all.


Vern October 16, 2018 at 12:53 pm

My memories of Nati’s are of “orange”. Not Trump orange, but of the ghastly gobs of shredded orange cheese. Could never get past that.
Shredded cheese and shredded lettuce… eh, oh well.


OBKid October 16, 2018 at 12:55 pm

How will OB support another restaurant? with the additions in the Dirty Birds Development – OB is tapped out especially for the winter – its a ghost town.


Chris October 16, 2018 at 7:16 pm

What a bunch of grumpy “get off my lawn” types. LOL!!


Chris October 16, 2018 at 7:24 pm

You guys are acting like Chili’s is going in there. And really, some of you are complaining that it seems to be geared towards a younger crowd? Maybe you’d be happy if a Country Kitchen with senior discounts was going in there.


Peter from South O October 17, 2018 at 2:44 am

Chris . . . chill out. There will always be resistance to change. The pies and the open atmosphere their wrap-around patio close to the foot of the Pier? I think it’s a genius match.

Time will tell the tale, as it does with all new eateries; this is a second location of a VERY successful formula, however, so a lot of the mistakes have already been made and corrected.

So . . . Chris and Peter prognosticate that the Pop Pie shop will be a success. Let’s revisit a couple of months after they open.


nostalgic October 17, 2018 at 8:36 am

I think most of us still see “condos” on that parking lot. How long is the Pop Pie lease? It would be interesting what it says. Maybe they will get an option on the ground-floor commercial. All within shouting distance of OBMA.


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