The ultimate word on Anthony's Fish Grotto's future was decided on Tuesday, when the Board of Port Commissioners voted to move forward with The Brigantine, Inc.'s proposal for redevelopment of the legendary seafood restaurant's site at 1360 North Harbor Drive on the North Embarcadero. The Brigantine, Inc. submitted one of the three proposals in competition to take over when Anthony's 52-year lease expires January 17, 2016; another from Sunroad Enterprises included eateries from the Cohn Restaurant Group and CH Projects while Anthony's partnered with The Fish Market on a bid to remain on the waterfront.
In a release, Port Chairman Dan Malcolm said, "The Port of San Diego used a competitive process to compare several excellent plans to develop and operate this signature site on San Diego’s waterfront. After careful consideration and public input, we have selected The Brigantine, Inc.’s proposal because of its strong public access components as well as its projected financial return. The Brigantine is a local business owned by the Morton family, with a demonstrated track record of success in the restaurant industry and an excellent reputation for outstanding food and service."
The Brigantine, Inc.’s $13 million redevelopment, dubbed "Portside Pier" will include "dock-and-dine" improvements for vessels pulling up to the pier. It will feature four concepts on two levels — Brigantine on the Bay (surf & turf, oyster bar), Miguel's Cocina (Mexican food), Ketch Grill & Taps (pub food, craft beer and spirits) and Portside Gelato & Coffee (powered by Cafe Moto) — with a public viewing deck constructed above Miguel's.