Harbor Island's iconic Tom Ham's Lighthouse, which first opened in 1971, is emerging from a five month, multi-million dollar remodel with a grand opening scheduled for Wednesday.
The redesign of the popular eatery and event site was one of the last completed projects by the late architect Graham Downes, who also oversaw the renovation of the Baumann family's Bali Hai property.
Proprietors Andy and Grant Baumann, Tom Ham's grandsons, kept most of their grandfather's original nautical memorabilia, blending it with a new design that includes modern furniture, a bright and airy layout, expanded patio and a view of San Diego bay from every table.
A menu overhaul by new exec chef, Lance Repp, focuses on seafood and includes a large raw bar selection, market fish and updated takes on paella and bouillabaise, two dishes featured when the restaurant first launched four decades ago. Tom Ham's Lighthouse serves lunch and dinner daily, plus Sunday brunch.
The Baumann's have installed a keg room for a new, extensive craft beer program that includes 32 taps at the bar; chef Repp also plans to host beer dinners in their private dining room.