Onwards and Upwards

Construction is underway! Demolition has finished and our crew is shaping the building into Kairoa. You’ll notice preparations are being made for our one-of-a-kind rooftop dining area. We are very excited to be able to bring outdoor rooftop dining to University Heights! The view of the sunset overlooking our historic neighborhood casts a perfect ambiance. We are excited to share it with you all. 

Having a large rooftop dining area will allow us to offer several amenities:  lounge style seating with fire pits, games, private events, and an area for kids.  It’ll even be dog-friendly so bring your favorite furry friend along too! There is both covered and open-air seating, providing for beautiful views no matter the weather.  

Inside you will be swept west to Oceania with an urban pastoral theme inspired by the architecture of New Zealand.  Long streaming rafters jut from the brewing display where visitors can glimpse the process while enjoying a fresh beer. With a variety of seating options, guests can enjoy a traditional table dinner, a bite at the bar, or sipping beer comfortably from a chair with their mates.

University Heights 130th Anniversary

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Come join us during the celebration of our neighborhood.

We will be outside of Red House Pizza( 4615 Park Blvd.) on April 28th from 5-8PM. We’ll be handing out stickers, chatting about Kairoa and getting to know our future customers.

If you’d like to sample the food from the participating restaurants, wristbands are available for purchase for $10. There will be live music on the street as well.


A Little About Our Building

Discovering a home for Kairoa took our team all over San Diego and beyond. After over a year’s search, we found the perfect plot closer to home than expected. No other location had as much upside as the old Mueller College building in University Heights. With two of our main team members coming from Red House Pizza right next door, we couldn’t have asked for a more ideal locale. The feel of the neighborhood, the people, and the building space itself are quite a find.

Built in 1928 and originally housing 4 businesses, Mueller College took up residence here in the 1980’s. The school for massage therapy remained until last year. When designing the building, we needed to determine if there was any historical significance of the structure. The State of California conducted thorough research into the status of the building in 2016 and found that it is not of any historical or architectural significance. This decision was supported by the city, and Kairoa moved forward.

Our exploration of the building revealed timber that was in excellent shape, loaning a unique character that we would like to use in the new design. There were several small rooms (vestiges of the massage school) that we have turned into an open plan.


We’re excited for phase 2, which will be the build out, happening in the next couple of months. Stay tuned for the latest updates!