The Jolly Boy Saloon and Restaurant, one of San Diego’s oldest and most favorite watering holes is open, after a major, four-month, $2.1 million renovation. What visitors see today is reminiscent of the 1854 appearance, complete with oil lamps, an antique mahogany long-bar, old-time pool tables, portraits of famous luminaries and a functional outdoor caretta or ox cart, and outdoor dining.
“We are pleased that Delaware North moved forward with the construction and the renovation and we are very excited about the return of fine dining in this remodeled atmosphere,” said Ronilee Clark, the State Parks’ superintendent of the San Diego Coast District, which oversees the historic park. “This renovation is an important part of an overall renewal in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park that will bring back the vibrant entertainment sights and sounds that have flowed through this area for more than 150 years.“
Kevin Kelly, President of Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts, said, “This phase one effort rehabilitating the Jolly Boy is the first of many improvements, with future work coming soon on the Cosmopolitan Hotel and the Casa de Reyes commercial corner."
The renovation of the Jolly Boy marks the completion of the first part of an $18 million program of improvements being carried out by Delaware North in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.