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FIRST LOOK: Waypoint Public

A pillar of North Park opens second location in Del Sur


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Well, this really puts a dent in my tradition of grousing about the lack of restaurants in North County. I grew up there, and I felt obligated and entitled to bitch and moan about the fact that our choices seemed to be “Bloomin’ Onion or food in a bag.”

But with restaurants like Campfire, Land & Water Co., and now Waypoint Public opening in North County, the sad days seem to be over.

Waypoint made a good name for itself in North Park with its first location, a wide-open spot where food from Rich Sweeney is crafted with the intention of tasting great with craft beer. This second location is a 3,450 square-foot space in the Del Sur Town Center.

So, really, you got two things that are really hot in San Diego right now—craft beer and Del Sur. Del Sur is an affluent, developing corridor that connects Rancho Bernardo in the East and Del Mar in the West. Lots of money, good schools, a whole new city.

In any new development, you’re going to get chains. You need them, for toilet paper and necessities. But thankfully places like Waypoint—done by locals, for locals—are also getting pulled into the evolution of the area. Soul is nice.

ELE Collective is the group behind this, Park & Rec in University Heights, and Hotel Vyvant in Little Italy. Partners are Sweeney, John Pani, and Travis LeGrand. For Waypoint Del Sur they brought on Frank Ternasky of Delawie Architecture (The Grill at the Lodge, Mission Hills Country Club) and interior designer Marianne Berg of Mbee Design Studio (Park & Rec, Waypoint, Hotel Marisol).

The space is bright, popping with color. Blues and yellows and whites and browns and woods. It looks like Nantucket exploded in here, and the aftermath is restrained, geometric, and kinda beautiful.

Check out the photos below, and then go see it for yourself.

Waypoint Public Del Sur, 16480 Paseo Del Sur, Del Sur, waypointpublic.com

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