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Iconic Mission Beach Steakhouse Reopens as Moe’s

Iconic Mission Beach steakhouse Saska’s Steak & Seafood has reopened as an entirely new restaurant in March, bringing the old school vibe back to the previously shuttered restaurant.

The new steakhouse, dubbed Moe’s, officially opened its doors to the public on Friday, March 4, Eater has reported. The steakhouse was previously shuttered and was purchased at auction in 2020 by Eric Leitstein’s OMG Hospitality.

Leitstein renamed the steakhouse Moe’s after his beloved grandfather. While it now features a refreshed interior design and food, it still retains much of its time-honored steakhouse charm.

The back dining room still has the old-school steakhouse vibe that has been present since Saska’s first opened in the early 1950s. Windows have been added to the previously dark and moody bar area to let in a bit more light.

According to Eater, the restaurant’s signature red booths remain alongside many of its original light fixtures.

Taylor Boudreaux, chief operating officer of OMG Hospitality, collaborated on the new menu with executive chef J. Scollon, who trained in Europe and has cooked in a number of fine dining establishments in Los Angeles and Napa Valley.

You can expect steakhouse and seafood classics such as crab cakes over fennel-citrus salad, calamari, steamed mussels, port wine jus, and more. There is, as you’d expect, a wide selection of hand-cut steaks, too.

Taking inspiration from East Coast and Italian restaurants, the menu also features Italian-themed dishes such as cacio e pepe and ricotta agnolotti.

There’s also an extension cocktail list created by lead bartender Daniel Vargas, including new takes on classics like martinis and tropical beverages. A signature cocktail is the smoked Campfire Dreams, made with whiskey, Amaro Nonino, Fernet, and orange liqueur.

Moe’s steakhouse is located at 3768 Mission Boulevard and is open from 3 p.m. to midnight Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, and 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

About the author: Mike Peterson is a freelance journalist and writer based in North San Diego County. He’s written and worked for a number of local media outlets, including the San Diego Union-Tribune, the North Coast Current, and the Oceanside Blade.

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