Common Theory Public House Opens Second Location in Otay Ranch

Common Theory Public House, known for its diverse, ever-evolving draft beer list and Asian-influenced gastropub menu in the Convoy District, has opened a second location in Otay Ranch!

Expanding the Common Theory Experience to Otay Ranch

Common Theory, also known to regulars simply as “Common,” has a capacity of 128 and offers table, booth, high-top, and bar stool seating. The restaurant’s centerpiece is a 26-seat communal table that can be divided into smaller groups with planters.

There are 18 seats at the bar and four big-screen televisions for game viewing. Also above the bar is 3D wall art of a dragon that was commissioned by San Diego artist Christopher Konecki.

The venue has several large windowpanes that allow for an abundance of natural light and two garage doors that, when open, usher a fresh breeze throughout.

“Our objective from the beginning was to build a warm, friendly space where everyone is welcome—a place where there’s always something amazing available to eat and drink to suit anyone,” Lee said. “We finally have brought our communal style back to our hometown for even more to enjoy.”

A Menu That Celebrates Diversity

Beverage Director Chris Lee, who also curates the drink menu at Lee’s and Liang’s speakeasy, Realm of the 52 Remedies, at the Convoy Common Theory, has 30 beers on tap with a focus on local breweries.

The current tap menu includes two selections from acclaimed Russian River Brewing: Velvet Glow Helles Lager and Russian River Porter. Bottled beers, wine, and low-ABV beverages are also available.

Executive Chef Steven Lona presents a menu that is roughly 80 percent the same as the Convoy location. Highlights include shareables Duck Fat Fries, Crispy Chicken Wings, Blistered Shishito Peppers, and Chinese Sausage Flatbread.

Featured entrées are Bulgogi Cheesesteak with Korean-style marinated beef, CT Burger, Wagyu Ribeye Burger, Szechuan Hot-Friend Chicken, Pork Sisig Rice Bowl, and Kimchi Fried Rice.

Traditional American gastropub fare is also on the menu: pretzel balls, hummus platter, crispy calamari, salads, and other flatbreads. Lona will soon add Mexican-inspired dishes.

“No matter your heritage, we all have a common desire for good food, good drinks, and to be surrounded by good people,” Liang said. “Our new Common is a comforting venue that we’re confident all will enjoy.”

See you there!

The new Common Theory is located at 1980 Optima Street in the Millenia community, adjacent to Otay Ranch Town Center. The 4,500-square-foot restaurant resides alongside Metro Park, which is labeled P5 on the Millenia map.

Common Theory Otay Ranch opens daily at 11 AM and closes at 11 PM Sunday through Thursday and at midnight Friday and Saturday. Street parking is available on several surrounding streets: Optima Street, Montage Avenue, Metro Avenue, and Orion Avenue.

Keep up with Common Theory on Facebook and Instagram.

See you there, San Diego!

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