Thursday, March 17, 2011

First look @ Hodad's Downtown!

Burgers for the crew: a first look at Hodad’s downtown burgers as staff gear up for a grand opening sometime in the next month.
A couple years ago, I was eating a burger at Hodad’s and recognized  my former manager working the register. Come to find out, Brooks Hannan left corporate restaurant life to work for his uncle, Mike Hardin, owner of Hodad’s, and something of a San Diego burger legend. I remember how happy Hannan looked, sweating behind the counter of his uncle’s burger joint, excitedly talking about a second location in the works, and that he was in the family biz for the long haul. I turn to mush when I hear stories like these; there’s nothing sweeter than passionate small business owners living their dreams.
Behold: true beauty.
Hannan will manage Hodad’s downtown location on 10th and Broadway, and was kind enough to provide me the first look at Hodad’s downtown burgers. The family is reluctant to announce a solid opening date as delays seem follow such promises, but by the looks of these burgers made for the crew to test out, the beginning of April is my forecast. I’ll post updates as they come.
The charm of Hodad’s in Ocean Beach is that it’s an authentic neighborhood fixture; surf and skate culture flavor its space, patrons look as though they rode a wave right into the joint, and the locally employed crew are stars of the show. The scene at Hodad’s is entertaining to say the least, and I can’t wait to see how the East Village influences Hardin and Hannan’s anticipated new spot.

Looks like the boss approves! Owner of Hodad’s, Mike Hardin, enjoying a burger at the site of his soon-to-open second location at 10th and Broadway.

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