Lakeside’s restaurants and businesses are getting a jump start

The placement of Lakeside’s grand new community archway sign seems to have sparked a flurry of activity within the historic town.

SoCal Axe Throwing

A new bar and grill is coming to the downtown district. SoCal Axe Throwing will have a soft opening on Aug. 2. Located at 9927 Maine Avenue in the recently vacated Homestyle Hawaiian restaurant (and Pinnacle Peak’s, before that), it is the third such axe throwing business opened by owner David Hamilton.

His two other bars are in San Marcos and Temecula. Both are enjoying great success.

The establishment will offer craft beers and other spirits, as well as “bar food” (to be supplied by Homestyle Hawaiian, who is maintaining possession of the attached kitchen for their very successful catering business).

Of course, the most unique element will be the axe throwing lanes. No, you will not be able to drink while you are throwing an axe, but the fun will be akin to darts and other bar games, though on a totally different scale. There will be training and, if plans hold, eventual competition and league play.

“We are very excited to be in Lakeside,” Hamilton said, while picking out some historic photographs from the Lakeside Historical Society, to be used as wallpaper in his new place.

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Better Days Pizzeria

There may better days ahead for the site of the long closed Better Days Pizzeria at the north end of Maine Avenue. Owners of the popular Eastbound Bar and Grill just a block away have closed escrow on the restaurant site. The lot will now be available for Eastbound and Mary’s Donuts customers. Future plans for the location have yet to be shared.

Lakeside Car Wash

The old Lakeside Car Wash, also long closed and a trouble spot for loitering and other homeless issues, is rumored to be opening again.

Lakeside Hotel

As covered in the last issues of The East County Californian, the historic Lakeside Hotel is sporting a brand-new paint job.

More improvements are planned, including the hope of bringing the look back more in line to its 1887 origins, including augmenting the front porch with a roof and fencing for a more original look.