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Cohns, Craft & Commerce & The Brigantine Vie to Replace Anthony's at Port

Which project would you prefer?

The Embarcadero, courtesy rendering
The Embarcadero, courtesy rendering

Two Request For Proposals (RFPs) related to the fate of the Anthony's Fish Grotto site at 1360 North Harbor Drive will be recommended by staff to the board of The San Diego Unified Port District at their upcoming August 11 meeting. Both proposals involve local businesses, but neither include the possibility of the iconic seafood eatery remaining in the space it has occupied for the last 60 years.

Though Anthony's Fish Grotto submitted a proposal in partnership with The Fish Market, it seems the Port will likely move forward with an entirely new set of tenants for the 31,608-square-foot waterfront property as soon as Anthony's current lease is up on January 31, 2017. According to the U-T, one option is being spearheaded by Sunroad Enterprises; dubbed "The Embarcadero", the $15 million project would include the Cohn Restaurant Group's Blue Point Coastal Cuisine, which would move from its current location in the Gaslamp. Sunroad and the Cohn Restaurant Group have another huge bayside venue, Coasterra, opening this summer. It would also feature CH Projects' Craft & Commerce; though the UT article says that Craft & Commerce would relocate from its Beech Street spot in Little Italy, a rep clarified to Eater that this would be a new, second location for the bar and restaurant. Joining them would be the Fish Camp and PierBurger concepts from King's Seafood Company (Water Grill) and a Stone Brewing Company Store and Tasting Room outpost.

Scenario number two is from The Brigantine family of restaurants whose "Portside Pier" project, estimated to cost $13 to $15 million, would include four eateries spanning from Brigantine on the Bay to Miguel's Cocina, Ketch Grill & Taps and Portside Gelato & Coffee. The Port of San Diego will reportedly award the location to one of these redevelopment proposals by the end of this year.