Cheeseburgers sports pub chain opens second California location in Carlsbad

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Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers, a sports pub/restaurant chain headquartered in Arizona, has opened its second California location in Carlsbad Village.

The new location opened Oct. 29 in the newly renovated building once occupied by the former 83 Degrees pub on Carlsbad Village Drive. The 5,500-square-foot restaurant building includes a dog-friendly, 2,000-square-foot patio, with total seating for more than 300.

As its name implies, the restaurant serves more than 130 varieties of beer, including 48 on tap, and 16 different burgers, plus a quintet of slider choices and a “build-your-own” burger option.

Square One Concepts, a Phoenix-based restaurant group, launched its first Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers location in Scottsdale in 2012. Nicknamed “CBCB,” the chain has since expanded to 14 locations in Arizona and California. The first California venue opened in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter in 2016. Square One president and CEO S. Barrett Rinzler said he chose San Diego County as the chain’s first expansion market because he likes this area.

“I personally spend a lot of my time in San Diego and think the lifestyle makes it a perfect market for CBCB. We have been so grateful for the wonderful reception we’ve had with our first California location in the San Diego Gaslamp District and believe the second location in Carlsbad will be a great addition in North County, Rinzler said in an email.

Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers sports pub restaurant opened Oct. 29 in Carlsbad Village.

Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers sports pub restaurant opened Oct. 29 in Carlsbad Village.

(Pam Kragen/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Carlsbad is familiar turn for Square One, which also owns and operates Park 101, the indoor/outdoor two-story restaurant/bar complex at 3040 Carlsbad Blvd.

The new CBCB location in Carlsbad serves a mix of draft, bottled and canned beers. Among the San Diego County brewers represented on the ever-rotating taps are Resident Brewing, Belching Beaver, Pizza Port, Burgeon Beer, Green Flash, Alpine Brewing, Green Flash, Stone Brewing and Lattitude 33. The restaurant also serves a variety of wines, spirits and soft drinks.

The half-pound burgers are made from scratch with hand-ground, never-frozen chuck beef. Options include the Bacon PB&J burger, the Road House with beef chili, the Open Pit with sugar-cured bacon and BBQ sauce, the Donut Bar burger with a cinnamon sugar doughnut for a bun, and the Ring of Fire with jalapeno and spicy mayo. But Rinzler said the chain’s signature burger is the All-American, which is the hottest-seller at the Gaslamp Quarter location. It’s served with American cheese, lettuce, tomato and pickle. Close on its heels is the build-your-own option followed by the Nashville Hot Chicken sandwich.

Interior of the new Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers sports pub restaurant that opened Oct. 29 in Carlsbad Village.

Interior of the new Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers sports pub restaurant that opened Oct. 29 in Carlsbad Village.

(Pam Kragen/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

The new Carlsbad location has 50 flat-screen TVs for sports viewers, but sometimes the restaurants provide a different form of entertainment, the Burger Challenge. Diners who can consume a burger with three or more half-pound patties in a specified time eats for free. The restaurant’s website has a gallery of male diners taking the challenge with their finish times, which range from 4 minutes, 5 seconds, for a three-patty burger to 18 minutes, 43 seconds, for a 14-patty burger.

Burgers, served with a side of chips, are priced from $13.50 for the All-American to $19.50 for the O-Lineman, which has a cheese- and Jalapeno-stuffed patio and two full-size grilled cheese sandwiches for a bun. The menu also includes sliders, hot dogs, sandwiches, salads and desserts.

Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers

Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. 9 a.m. to midnight Saturdays. 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays. Happy hour, 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays.

Where: 660 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad

Phone: (760) 994-0900

Online: coldbeers.com/carlsbad/



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