Old Harbor Distilling Joins Growing List Of New Businesses At San Diego's Seaport Village

May 12, 2021

Part of the continued $2 million revitalization of downtown's Seaport Village, the Port of San Diego has announced leases have been signed by three new local businesses, including East Village-based craft distillery Old Harbor Distilling Company.
Old Harbor Distilling Company will open its second San Diego location in Seaport Village’s Lighthouse District on the east side of the shopping center in the space last occupied by Village Café. Old Harbor will include a craft tasting room combined with a fast-casual seafood restaurant concept offering chowders, lobster rolls, and fish plates from San Diego's Verant Group (barleymash, True North). Old Harbor has operated its first location in San Diego’s East Village since it was founded by Mike Hess Brewing Company co-founded Michael Skubic in September 2014. The Port believes Old Harbor will complement and create strong synergies with neighboring businesses San Pasqual Winery, Spill the Beans Coffee, and Samburgers - a Sam "The Cooking Guy" concept by Grain & Grit Collective and Seaport Entertainment.

From the owner of Aladdin Mediterranean Restaurant in San Diego's Clairemont area, Zytoun Gourmet Mediterranean will operate a full-service Greek and Mediterranean eatery along the boardwalk in the Carousel District of Seaport Village in the former Seaport Village Deli space. Zytoun will feature an outdoor, wrap-around patio with views of San Diego Bay, and healthy and fresh Mediterranean cuisine including salads, vegetarian meals, shish kabobs, and appetizers like hummus, tabouli, and falafels. Renovations for both Zytoun and Old Harbor are anticipated to begin in the fall, with opening targeted for spring/summer 2022.

"Our more than $2 million investment in enhancing and elevating the Seaport Village experience continues to pay off with the addition of Zytoun Gourmet Mediterranean and Old Harbor Distilling Company," said Port of San Diego Chairman Michael Zucchet. "Seaport Village is a San Diego hotspot. We hope everyone gets a chance to visit soon - and keeps coming back!”

Rounding out the new tenants is Tuk Tuk Eatery, an Asian themed fast-casual eating and drinking establishment featuring BBQ bowls and a bao bar. Tuk Tuk Eatery is from Jose & Deborah Stepensky, who have long operated San Diego Burcer Company in Seaport Village. Tuk Tuk will open this summer in the space that last housed Seaport Grill. 

Seaport Village is owned by the Port of San Diego and operated in partnership with Protea Property Management. The iconic downtown San Diego destination has recently undergone a series of site enhancements including a brand refresh with new signage, exterior painting on the property’s iconic buildings, new plants and flora, and upgraded amenities like the Urban Beach, a picturesque seating area with Adirondack chairs facing the bayfront vista. Louisiana Charlie's restaurant is also expected to open this summer, with a location of Los Angeles-based Malibu Farms to open in the longtime Harbor House space by summer 2022. 

For more information about Seaport Village, visit seaportvillage.com.