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LA MESA -- The commercial district along La Mesa Boulevard near Jackson Drive continues to get richer with the looming opening of what may be the most creative bar to spring up since Bo-Beau entered the Village scene last year.
The Hills, a new neighborhood pub may begin the soft opening as soon as this weekend and from the preliminary look of its renovations still underway, visitors to O'Connor's, the modest Irish pub that had been located there, won't recognize the place.
Owner Marco Rodriguez was busy directing construction workers and Internet installation workers on Wednesday morning. More than a dozen television screens were already installed and crews were plumbing the 24 beer taps that will be featuring local micro-brews in this new establishment, located just next door to the nicely renovated salon now known as Bouffant.
Theater seats -- literally salvaged from the old Lakeside Theater and reconditioned -- were being installed along a row of bistro tables and the entire bar and kitchen has undergone a complete renovation.
Rodriguez and his partners -- Ben Clevenger, Joe Morello, and Jason Nichols -- have prior experience creating a successful neighborhood bar. The four East County young men are associated with the Eastbound Bar & Grill in Lakeside and are hoping to recreate the same community-friendly establishment in La Mesa.
Rodriguez (in photo above left with Clevenger) said his partnership loves the Village of La Mesa, but he quickly rattled off the establishments already there and said they were attracted to this location because of its central location between the Village and Grossmont Center competition.
"We're local guys and we always liked coming to this place, so we thought we could do something here,'' Rodriguez said.
The Hills Local Pub is located at 8758 La Mesa Blvd. La Mesa, CA 91941. Hours: 11 a.m.-2 a.m.