New Brewpub coming

A new microbrewery restaurant may open in downtown El Cajon in San Diego this spring.

The El Cajon City Council agreed this week to negotiate an agreement with Stephan and David Meadows, two brothers who want to operate the Downtown El Cajon Brewing Co.

Stephan Meadows, 57, of Kensington said he previously owned a large steak-and-sandwich restaurant in the San Joaquin Valley, while his 48-year-old brother, a Solana Beach resident, was trained as a brewmaster with the Danish-based Carlsberg Brewery.

He said they decided to locate in El Cajon because they won’t compete with other nearby microbreweries and because of the city’s financial assistance for new business.

The restaurant is expected to open by May, and the brothers have negotiated a five-year lease with the building’s owners.

Stephan Meadows said that in addition to the microbrewed beers, the restaurant will specialize in steaks, prime rib, sandwiches, and fish and chips.