Little Italy’s Loading Dock Now Open

Little Italy’s Loading Dock, San Diego’s newest neighborhood bar and grill and event center located in Little Italy, opened in March. The 21 and over family-owned bar and grill is a casual and friendly atmosphere offering affordable, casual BBQ-style fare, San Diego craft beer options, wine, simple cocktails and the “Unloading Hour” special happy hour menu. The event center offers private parties for 20-220 people for all occasions. Little Italy’s Loading Dock creates a space to retreat to after a long week, a fun night out, or before a flight.

“Our bar and grill is bringing back the traditions of the Little Italy neighborhood. People used to meet on and around the fishing docks after each day to tell stories, drink and eat together,” said Chris Joseph, owner. “Little Italy’s Loading Dock pays homage to our buildings’ original intent (1930) as the loading dock for the neighborhoods rail and surface deliveries.  Everyday people would gather after a day on the water and tell stories of the days catch.”

The name, Little Italy’s Loading Dock, stems from the early 1900s when Little Italy was a bustling fishing neighborhood, priding itself as the world’s largest tuna industry. The success caused a lot of traffic on the docks, making the loading docks the meeting place for the community as the central hub of culture and commerce. As time went on, more fishing competition entered San Diego and prices skyrocketed causing many Little Italy fishing families to move out of the seaside neighborhood ending the tradition.

“As a way to honor the past traditions of Little Italy, we created the bar and grill to bring back the custom of coming together, sharing stories and unwinding after a long day whether you’re a local or just passing through from the airport,” said Joseph. “Guests can sit at the bar and watch the planes go by on our roof top camera showing the flight path overhead as they wait for their flight.”

Little Italy’s Loading Dock  is equipped with numerous TVs for viewing sports games, an open dining area and an event center that can host private events from 20-220 people. Patrons can also capture their good times at Little Italy’s Loading Dock in the photo booth or take part in different recreational games like ping pong and corn-hole.

“We have a big family of 28 cousins and we all love getting together and entertaining,” said Joseph. “It is important to our family to have a place where we can all come together and make sure everyone is comfortable. Little Italy’s Loading Dock event center was created with our family in mind as a space that could cater to any and all events and gatherings that would be perfect for any group size.” 

The “Trade & Transit” themed décor emphasizes the history of the location and the community as one of Little Italy’s original loading docks in the early 1900’s. Little Italy’s Loading Dock marries the modern bar and grill atmosphere with the nostalgic history of the community that came before it.

For more information about Little Italy’s Loading Dock, visit www.liloadingdock.com. Follow Little Italy’s Loading Dock on Instagram and Twitter @LI_LoadingDock or on Facebook/Little Italy’s Loading Dock.

About Little Italy’s Loading Dock

Little Italy’s Loading Dock (LILD) was founded in San Diego’s Little Italy in March 2017 by the Joseph Family. LILD is the neighborhood bar and grill and event center with a casual and friendly atmosphere offering affordable, casual BBQ-style fare, San Diego craft beer options, wine, simple cocktails and the “Unloading Hour” special happy hour menu. LILD provides a nostalgic atmosphere with a modern twist on the century old tradition of gathering together at the Loading Dock in the center of the world’s largest tuna industry. Little Italy Starts Here, Little Italy Eats Here, Little Italy Meets Here.

Little Italy’s Loading Dock is located on 2400 Kettner Blvd. Ste 110 San Diego, CA 92101. For more information visit www.liloadingdock.com or follow Little Italy’s Loading Dock on Instagram and Twitter @LI_LoadingDock or on Facebook/Little Italy’s Loading Dock.