Some of the best news we’ve heard this year has to be the announcement that one of our favorite craft beer teams would be moving into Balboa Park. Last month, the owners of Blind Lady Ale House and Tiger! Tiger! announced plans to take over the Sculpture Court Cafe at the San Diego Museum of Art.
Although it was closed when we snapped these photos, the current cafe is still operating regularly. It’s a good thing the atmosphere is so gorgeous because we’ve heard the food is just average and the service is mediocre.
When the Blind Lady team takes over, they plan to redesign the entire space with new tables and seating. On the menu, expect fresh lunch options and picnic boxes you can enjoy in the park. Of course, you won’t want to miss what is sure to be a great beer selection, along with craft cocktails and wine.
The current lounge seating area isn’t bad, but it could use some freshening up.
Plaza de Panama, recently converted from a parking lot to a pedestrian square, is right outside the gates to the left. (We’re still thrilled about that, by the way.) The museum’s Research Library is behind those doors across the courtyard.
On the west side, the May S. Marcy Sculpture Garden features 19th and early 20th century pieces. It’s one of our favorite spots in the park.
Then there’s the magnificent backdrop. Built in 1915 for the Panama-California Exposition, California Tower at the Museum of Man is one of San Diego’s most iconic landmarks. We have high hopes that efforts succeed to reopen public access to the tower by the 2015 Balboa Park centennial.
Let’s hope it won’t be long before we’re enjoying great local beer and one of those picnic boxes in the sun. We’re crossing our fingers that this is a sign of things to come—we really need more local businesses like this in Balboa Park.
Update: That’s what we get for procrastinating on this one. A day after we posted this, we noticed they cleared out the furniture and posted signs saying that “Panama 66” will debut in a few weeks.