After more than 70 years serving seafood on San Diego Bay, Anthony's Fish Grotto will close its downtown location after service on Tuesday, January 31.
A controversial subject in San Diego, Anthony's was essentially ousted from it's longtime lease by the Port of San Diego after being accused of allowing its space to fall into a state of disrepair. The Port sought applications for redevelopment of the area, and although both Anthony's and a joint Cohn Restaurant Group/CH Projects bid went on to final considerations, ultimately the Port awarded the lease to the Brigantine Group, who will perform a $13 million renovation on the space to construct its Portside Pier proposal.
|Artistic renderings of the Brigantine's Portside Pier|
Once Anthony moves out, the waterfront building will be demolished and 66 new pilings will be replaced before construction begins on a 2 story, 37,000+ square foot restaurant complex to include Brigantine on the Bay, Miguel's Cocina, Ketch Grill & Taps and Portside Gelato & Coffee. There will also be a second floor viewing deck and a dock that can accommodate up to 12 watercraft. The Portside Pier Project is anticipated to be completed by late 2018.
Anthony's Fish Grotto still has a lakeside location at 9530 Murray Drive in La Mesa. For more information, visit anthonysfishgrotto.com.