The TGI Friday’s location in Temecula will be closing in March to make way for Phil’s BBQ, a San Diego County institution famous for its pulled pork sandwiches.
Phil’s, which has a pop-up location during baseball season at Petco Park, is planning a major renovation of the building at 40830 Winchester Rd., the spot near the Promenade mall next to the Karl Strauss Brewing Co. location.
TJI Friday’s is expected to close on March 10.
Phil’s BBQ, which has four locations down south, is buying the Winchester Road building for $3.2 million.
The demise of TJI Friday’s and other fast casual chains that were staples of suburban mall culture has been blamed on the rise of delivery services and fast casual spots.