More that 60 years after opening their legendary waterfront seafood spot, the family behind Anthony's Fish Grotto has decided that the restaurant is finally due for a makeover.
The proposed update was presented to the Port of San Diego and the restaurant rep told Eater that the project is awaiting approval before moving forward, but they hope to have everything completed sometime in 2015. A grand plan involves first remodeling Anthony's Fish Grotto; it'll remain casual and family-friendly, but the menu will be revamped by their new chef, Jay Payne Jr., formerly the exec chef of Café Japengo. The signature chowder and fish and chips should survive the transition.
When the grotto closes for renovation, the owners will reactivate their Star of the Sea space and open a "mini grotto" there temporarily. Once the first phase is complete, they'll turn their attention to an entirely new concept, called 1360 Harbor, which will transform the once-fine dining Star of the Sea into a less formal bayfront restaurant featuring "artisanal seafood small plates, boutique wines and local hand-crafted beers."
The company also plans a redo of their Anthony's location in La Mesa.
· Anthony's Fish Grotto [Official Site]
· All Switcheroos on Eater [~ESD~]