As part of The San Diego Unified Port District's plan to update the North Embarcadero, which includes new pavilions and a landscaped promenade, they solicited proposals from businesses interested in running a 750-square-foot cafe being built on a prime piece of Harbor Drive.
After whittling the applications down to two finalists, the port staff has made a final recommendation to their board, choosing North Park's Carnitas' Snack Shack as the restaurant tenant for the space.
The board is expected to approve the decision and enter into the lease process with popular eatery, which also has a North County location in the works.
Kelly Moden, asset manager for the port, told Eater that Carnitas' Snack Shack narrowly beat out CH Projects and a version of their Soda & Swine for the deal, citing that Carnitas' "local and national following and more accessible menu" ultimately gave them a slight edge. We're hearing that Carnitas' Snack Shack may add seafood to their menu here, and venture to apply for a beer and wine license.
The cafe is just part of the port's ongoing efforts to revitalize the waterfront; it should be operational by Spring 2015.
UPDATE: On Tuesday, July 8, the Port of San Diego unanimously voted to move forward with Carnitas' Snack Shack's proposal and port staff will now begin exclusive lease n negotiations with the eatery.
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