The Port of San Diego’s ongoing and impressively locally-minded $2 million transformation of Seaport Village is nearing completion with another group of San Diego-owned businesses that will be arriving at the bayfront complex by Spring/Summer 2022.
Among them is the first satellite location for Old Harbor Distilling Co.; the established East Village distillery is opening a tasting room and restaurant in the Lighthouse District, the east section of Seaport Village where San Pasqual Winery, Spill the Beans Coffee, and Samburgers are already up and running. In addition to pouring its spirits, the 843-square-foot space will hold a fast-casual seafood restaurant run by food and beverage partner Joe Verant (who owns Barleymash and Spill the Beans) that’ll feature a quick-service menu of lobster rolls, chowders, and fish plates.
Founder Michael Skubic tells Eater that there will be a full bar serving cocktails, wine, and beer, and that the distillery is hoping to be able to offer educational classes in the space.
Also new is Tuk Tuk Eatery, another fast-casual entry that’ll offer an Asian menu of barbecue-topped bowls and a variety of bao, or filled buns. The 522-square-foot shop is coming in next to Mr. Moto Pizza.
And taking up large freestanding building and wrap-around patio overlooking San Diego Bay, ringing in at 2,451-square-feet, is a new restaurant from the owners of Clairemont’s longstanding Aladdin Cafe. Called Zytoun and located along the boardwalk in Seaport Village’s Carousel District, the full-service Greek and Mediterranean restaurant will serve everything from hummus, tabouli, and falafel to shish kabobs.
The shopping, dining, and entertainment center is is currently at 90 percent occupancy with 63 of its approximately 71 spaces already. Retail Insite’s Allison Campbell, who handles leasing Seaport Village, told Eater that there are three dedicated food spots remaining but that interest from the hospitality sector has been so high that prospective tenants are considering converting existing retail spaces.