Phil’s BBQ to Open New Location in Rancho Bernardo


Phil’s BBQ is expanding its smoked meat-eating empire with a new restaurant in Rancho Bernardo.

The former Elephant Bar at 17051 West Bernardo Drive will become a pulled pork and rib haven by the end of this year, the company says.

A remodel of the 7,720 square-foot building is slated to start in April. This location will include a full bar with San Diego’s favorite microbrews and a variety of craft cocktails to sip on while enjoying a full plate of meat.

Sports will also play a bigger part in this spot as they install large TVs and a sports ticker to keep fans updated.

Hiring will start in September, and the owner expects to have 75 open jobs.

The Rancho Bernardo location will be the fourth free-standing Phil’s BBQ, with others in Santee, San Marcos and Point Loma. Since it opened in 1998, the restaurant also opened two outposts at Petco Park and in the San Diego International Airport.

Phil’s barbecue-slathered food has been featured on the Travel Channel’s “Man vs. Food.”

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