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83 Degrees Welcomes Customers on Opening Night

The gastro lounge in Carlsbad opened for business Tuesday night.

After a last minute name change from 38 Degrees to 83 Degrees, and last minute construction, Carlsbad's first "gastro lounge" opened it's doors Tuesday night.

General Manager Jon Wantz said the new name of 83 Degrees stands for Carlsbad's average summertime temperature. Thirty-eight degrees is the suggested temperature to serve beer. 

Related: 38 Degrees Becomes 83 Degrees

The new restaurant features 46 beers on draft, a mixture of both local beers and craft brews from across the country. "We probably have the most eclectic mix of beers in Carlsbad," said Wantz.

The owners, Steve Bar and Mayur Pavagadhi were partners in opening Paon and Catch. Paon remains across the street from 83 Degrees, which sits where Catch's once did at at 660 Carlsbad Village Dr.

"Catch did somewhat well, but at end of day they took a look at it and decided they could do really, really, good with a different concept especially with the craft beer industry booming in southern California," explained Wantz.  

Wantz called the new restaurant a, "Gastro lounge for the masses," with the ability to seat almost 250 people. There are 50 bar seats, a party room that can fit almost 70 people, 30 seats on patio and about 15-20 people can fit across the front rail looking out onto Carlsbad Village Drive. The gastro lounge also features garage door style windows that can roll up for breezy summer dining. 

The food is "upper end American bar food," said Wantz. From salads, to flat bread pizzas to steaks and their signature burger with a certified angus beef patty, raised short rib on top, covered by blue cheese and carmelized onions. 

The owners brought in the same chef that was working at Catch and originally started at Paon.

83 Degrees is working on a craft cocktail list and will soon be launching a happy hour from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. 

Christine Bevilacqua March 07, 2013 at 05:46 PM
The name change is bizarre. Makes me think maybe their printer screwed up their menus so they had to change the name/sign LOL. The name 38 Degrees made me think of a nice cold beer- 83 Degrees makes me thing of warm beer and overheated bar. Ew. I'll be there Friday night tho to see for myself =)
JNM84 March 07, 2013 at 07:49 PM
83 degrees is definitely not the average summertime temp...try again
Laura Geiselhart Andlauer March 07, 2013 at 11:17 PM
They had to change the name because the '38 Degrees' place in Alhambra objected. Possibly we should give it a chance before we slam a new place opening up? Paon is fabulous and I am going to give this place a try this weekend.
barbara segal March 08, 2013 at 06:17 AM
i agree....that's a bit high....and....i was there first night...impressive beer selection, and good food. Also, competent and friendly employees.
gdogncbd2 May 04, 2013 at 10:54 PM
well I read about the incident with name issue, and the one in Alhambra does not have any registered claim protecting others from using this name. Alhambra and Carlsbad are so far apart that I doubt most would ever know about each other unless they had planned to market a product under the same name. when was Carlsbads average summer temp @ 83, we see about 2-3 weeks at the most with daily highs above 80. that's why we live by the coast and not inland where its too hot and no ocean breezes.

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