Modern Times opens in Encinitas following last year’s fierce debate

EDITOR’S NOTE: Aaron Burgin contributed to this report.

ENCINITAS — Soulful Motown music competes with conversation and laughter as families and friends drink craft beer and enjoy plant-based cuisine.

This was the scene at last weekend’s grand opening of Modern Times Far West Lounge in Encinitas.

But behind the vintage-style ceramic cats and macramé hanging plants is a more recent story of how the stylish brewery and restaurant came to exist.

In summer 2017, Modern Times submitted a proposal to open a tasting more at

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