Business Roundup: Poway gets a brewery, Burma Place opens in Rancho Bernardo, fitness center closes – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Poway is getting its second brewery.

Little Miss Brewing is unveiling its seventh taproom in the San Diego area with a soft opening for invited guests this weekend. The tasting room, which is in the old Lappert’s Ice Cream shop in the Scripps Trident Plaza, will open to the public next week.

Little Miss will brew special beer only available at the Poway location and serve a variety of options brewed at the headquarters in Miramar, said Greg Malkin, operations manager.

Malkin said he and his wife, owner Jade Mishner, originally looked at opening tasting rooms in neighborhoods like Ocean Beach. But then they decided to opt for places “other than where everyone is already going,” he said.

Poway is the perfect fit, with most breweries more than 15 minutes away, Malkin said. The first brewery in Poway — Lightning Brewing — opened in 2006.

“That was a goal to find a beer desert,” he said.

Malkin’s favorite of the brewery’s beers is also one of the most popular — Fog of War. It’s a hoppy, yeast-driven hazy IPA.

The kettle sours also are fan favorites, he said.

Last year, the brewery’s brown ale won a gold medal at the San Diego International Festival. Its Irish red took home a bronze at the event.

Little Miss will have food from Angry Pete’s Pizza, which serves Detroit-style deep dish

“The pizza is good. And it’s a good relationship,” Malkin said.

“If you don’t like pizza, more power to you, bring whatever you want,” he said, looking around at the other food options in the shopping center at 12265 Scripps Poway Parkway.

The location offers patio seating.

“This is a good plaza. I like this plaza a lot,” Malkin said while sitting at an outdoor table at the center. “In the evening, parking is great.”

The new Little Miss Brewing in Poway is located in the old Lappert’s Ice Cream shop in the Scripps Trident Plaza.

The new Little Miss Brewing in Poway is located in the old Lappert’s Ice Cream shop in the Scripps Trident Plaza.

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Each of the seven Little Miss tap rooms is World War II themed and decked out in military décor. The tap rooms each highlight a different U.S. ally country. Poway’s will be Poland. The headquarters and production facility in Miramar is American-themed.

The brewery will be open Monday to Thursday from 2 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon to midnight and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Dogs and well-behaved children are allowed, Malkin said.

“We cater to adults and drinking but we are family friendly,” he said.

An official grand opening will be held sometime in March.

Burma Place opens in former Pegasus Cafe location

Burma Place opened in The Plaza Rancho Bernardo on Wednesday.

Burma Place opened in The Plaza Rancho Bernardo on Wednesday.

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A new dining option opened in Rancho Bernardo on Wednesday — Burma Place in The Plaza.

The family-owned business that is not part of a chain features Burmese food, which combines many of the flavors found in Indian, Chinese and Thai food, according to one of the owners, Raymond Thant.

What sets Burmese food apart is that with its wide variety of flavors — including spicy, mild, sweet and coconut — there is something that will appeal to the tastes of everyone who comes in, Thant said.

Burma Place has taken over the space of the former Pegasus Cafe Greek restaurant.

Thant and the other owners have worked together for a while — they owned a similar restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years. They closed that restaurant and moved with their families to San Diego to open a new restaurant, Thant said.

In addition to Thant, who said he has been in the restaurant industry for about nine years, the owners include chefs Sai Htay and Sai Win. Also making the move was restaurant manager Manual Rios.

After looking at several locations, the owners chose the Rancho Bernardo space because it has plenty of free parking and is in a family-oriented community, Thant said.

“A lot of families live here. I want it to be their go-to place,” he said.

Burma Place has a number of dishes ranging from $10.99 to $17.99. A menu can be viewed on its website,

Burma Place, at 6719 Bernardo Center Drive, Unit A, offers walk-in, reservations and take out service. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 4:30 to 9 p.m. for dinner seven days a week. The phone number is 626-663-1008.

Chuze Fitness Rancho Bernardo closes

Those looking to get physically fit in 2022 have one less place in Rancho Bernardo where they can achieve their goals.

Chuze Fitness Rancho Bernardo closed on Dec. 22, according to a sign on its door. It was in the Rancho Bernardo Town Center.

According to the posted message, “the pandemic created many difficult situations for many industries, and we were adversely affected as well. We made every attempt to remain open and continue to provide the members with the cleanest and friendliest gym, but regrettably had to make the difficult decision to close our doors after 10 years of serving the community.”

It also stated that “Chuzers” who exclusively used the RB location would have their membership agreement canceled with no further action needed. In addition, their December dues would be prorated.

Chuze Fitness has six other gyms in San Diego County where memberships can be transferred. A seventh location was scheduled to open in Encinitas by late December, according to the message.

Those with questions or concerns are advised to contact the company by emailing

We’re on the lookout for news about businesses in Poway and Rancho Bernardo. Send your tips about new businesses, ownership changes, special offers or even business closings to Editor Susan Gill Vardon at