About Waypoint Public

In a beer centric city filled with the nation’s most respected breweries, North Park’s neighborhood bistro and beer bar, Waypoint Public, is making a name for itself as the city’s go-to for unbeatable craft beer and food pairings. Founded by a team of hospitality industry veterans -- John Pani (Hotel Vyvant, Waypoint Public, Park & Rec) and Brian Jensen (Bottlecraft beer shops in Little Italy and North Park), Waypoint Public is recognized as one of the “Best New Beer Restaurants” in the U.S. by Draft Magazine and “San Diego’s Best Beer Restaurant” by West Coaster. Waypoint’s expansive beer program showcases a lineup of 100 bottled craft beers from all areas of the globe, plus a custom 30-tap system playing heavy on the West Coast craft brews — and with a seasonal menu highlighting an exceptional hodgepodge of cultural characteristics, eclectic dishes including the Po’ Boy Tacos with Fried Oysters, Carlsbad Black Mussels & Slow Cooked Pork Belly, Housemade Chicharrones, and The Waypoint Public Burger topped with pulled pork and a fried egg, round out a selection of perfectly paired plates.


John Pani


John Pani has spent the last 12 years of his career in San Diego where he has participated as principal/owner, consultant and investment manager on a number of local hospitality projects. Between 2002 and 2010, John was a Vice President at JMI Realty, the real estate investment and development arm of the John Moores family. In this capacity, John was intimately involved in the development and asset management of the Omni San Diego Hotel / McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks, Hotel Solamar / Jsix Restaurant & Lounge and Marriott Del Mar / Arterra Restaurant.

After cutting his teeth on these hospitality projects John started ELE Collective, a hospitality investment and management firm that is committed to providing guests with a hospitality experience grounded in community, authenticity and exceptional service.

John attended the University of California at Berkeley. After graduating with a degree in Development Studies, John spent several years in Investment Banking where he developed a strong background in finance and business management.

John is an active member of the local community, and has served in various capacities with local philanthropic organizations. He currently sits on the YMCA Mission Valley Board of Directors. John is a native of San Diego, and lives in Kensington with his wife and three young children.

Brian Jensen

Beverage Manager & Partner

Born and raised in Southern California, Brian Jensen has been passionate about hospitality his whole life. After getting his Bachelor’s in Management
Communications from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Brian attended The French Culinary Institute in New York City where he studied French Cuisine and Wine. Following culinary school, Brian continued his study of wine and earned certificates from the and the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. From New York to California, Brian has worked in nearly every aspect of the food and beverage industry, including cooking, wine sales, brewing and restaurant management.

In 2011, Brian opened Bottlecraft Beer Shop and Tasting Room, a craft beer boutique and bar that, in his words, “curates the best local, domestic and international craft beer”. Bottlecraft quickly gained notoriety after its opening and has since been featured in local and national publications including The New York Times, Time Magazine, and Sunset Magazine. Brian is recognized as a craft beer industry expert and has been quoted in Market Watch Magazine, Beer Advocate, and San Diego Magazine. In February 2013, Brian opened a second Bottlecraft location in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego, California.

Travis LeGrand

General Manager

Hailing from Scottsdale, Arizona, Travis discovered a passion for the culinary industry while working at several elite area restaurants throughout college. He spent three years on the corporate training team with Fleming’s Steakhouse, opening and managing several restaurants across the country. From there, Travis migrated to sunny San Diego, taking the wine director position at The Oceanaire Seafood Room in the Gaslamp. Upon the departure of Oceanaire’s former chef Brian Malarkey, Travis left to help open Malarkey’s Burlap in Del Mar and subsequently Herringbone in La Jolla. He then spent a short period of time the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, working in their iconic restaurant The Marine Room, before joining the team at Waypoint Public.

Travis’ take on hospitality is to make guests feel welcome whenever possible. People want to go places where they feel they are a part of something. Providing that experience is the goal he preaches to his team every single day.

Rich Sweeney

Executive Chef

Bio coming soon.

Private Room

The Bear Den

Private Room at Waypoint Public

Book Waypoint Public’s Bear Den for your next special event. We pride ourselves on serving delicious food prepared using the freshest, highest-quality ingredients, paired with exceptional beers & wines, and providing genuine hospitality. We are committed to the success of your event; our entire team of professionals will work together to ensure you and your guests have an unforgettable experience!

To book your next event at Waypoint Public please contact us at 619-415-7101 or

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West Coaster

Waypoint mirrors Baumgarten's individual vivacity, and every dish on her menu comes with recommended pairings from an impressive and deep list of draft and bottle offerings... Read the full article here (PDF)


Waypoint is featured on Eater National's 19 Best Burgers in the US right now...
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San Diego Magazine

When Bottlecraft owner Brian Jensen took over the Linkery space in North Park, good beer was a given. Then he partnered with chef Amanda Baumgarten, a vet of fine dining joints. The result is Waypoint Public, a 30-tap, 300-bottle craft beer bistro. Read the full article here (PDF)


San Diego Union Tribune

Front page of the U-T Night + Day section today! Learn more about our chef, Amanda Baumgarten...
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San Diego Home and Garden

In North Park, even toddlers like to dine out at hipster havens, especially at Waypoint Public. So many familes show for early dinners that there is a fenced play area at the back... Read more here (PDF)


San Diego Eater

Amanda Baumgarten's command of her new kitchen was impressive in a way that few chefs achieved. And even this wine lover wants a beer there... Read the full article at


San Diego Uptown News

The dress rehearsal's over and Waypoint Public is running smoother in its first two months than its predecessor ever did when occupying this coveted corner-lot space for the past several years. Read the full article here (PDF)


Where SD Magazine

The latest crop of casual outposts offering gourmet bar food and craft beer are high on style and food quality. Read the full article at


San Diego City Beat

Waypoint Public has emerged from the ashes of The Linkery as North Park's newest bistro and beer bar. It's a welcoming space, as the unusual decor is just an extension of Waypoint's eclectic vibe.. Read the full article at


San Diego Eater

Announcing the 2013 Eater Awards for San Diego. Waypoint Public won the award for So Hot Right Now Restaurant Category. Read the full article at


Rivera San Diego

With partners John Pani and Amanda Baumgarten, Jensen who cooked in the Village at hot table The Spotted Pig before first becoming a somm and now S.D.'s consummate beer expert just opened Waypoint Public on 30th Street... Read the full article here (PDF)


San Diego Uptown News

The beer-centric bistro, Waypoint Public, opened this week in North Park with a 30-tap selection of West Coast brews and more than 300 bottled labels from around the globe. Read the full article at


San Diego Tribune

John Pani, one of the co-owners of Waypoint, said he believes that a more affordably priced menu than what had been offered at The Linkery, in combination with an extensive beer selection, will help boost the restaurant's chances of succeeding financially. Read the full article here (PDF)


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Contact Us

Hours of Operation:

Monday: 4pm-10pm
Tuesday: 4pm-10pm
Wednesday: 11am-10pm
Thursday: 11am-10pm
Friday: 11am-1am
Saturday: 8am-1am
Sunday: 8am-10pm

Lunch is served 11am - 3pm Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Dinner is served daily starting at 5pm.

Brunch is served 8am - 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.

For general inquiries please email

For private event inquiries, please email

3794 30th Street
San Diego, CA 92104