Feb 6, 2024 - News

Counterpoint closing to expand dining area, kitchen

People sit at a high-top table on a restaurant patio on a sunny day.

Counterpoint in Golden Hill. Photo: Cam Fomby

Golden Hill favorite Counterpoint is getting ready for its second life.

The big picture: Counterpoint's cozy (small) footprint has been great for conversation between patrons, but not for running an efficient and profitable business.

State of play: Fourteen years after opening on 25th Street, the neighborhood bar and bistro is temporarily closing to expand the dining room and kitchen.

What they're saying: "Our size has always been our biggest challenge [and] last year was a brutal time to run a restaurant," said Cam Fomby, Counterpoint's owner.

  • Fomby had planned a more extensive renovation, making way for Counterpoint 2.0, but staring at tight finances, he scaled back. Call it Counterpoint 1.5.

What's next: Fomby tells Axios the bar will go from its current seven stools to nearly 20, plus extra standing room.

  • Fomby expects to be closed at least through March.

Yes, but: Counterpoint is reopening Saturday for one last party, from 10 a.m. until midnight, to mark the end of its 1.0 era.

  • 😉Around 2pm, they'll be tapping a keg of a certain sought-after, hard-to-find IPA from Northern California that's released around this time every year.

Flashback: When Counterpoint opened in Golden Hill, there was still a video-rental store on 28th Street. A lot has changed.

  • Back then, Fomby said the clientele was 85% neighborhood people — now it's 85% visitors.
  • "Golden Hill is more on the radar now," Fomby said. "Now, what I hear from young people at the bar is how much they want to live here, but there aren't enough places for them to live."

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