Iconic Anthony's Fish Grotto Structure to be Demolished in December
Tuesday, the Port of San Diego approved a $1.64 million contract with R.E. Staite Engineering for demolition. This will remove the 24,855-square-foot building, the remains of a 565-square-foot floating dock, the steel piles and concrete below the restaurant, and its platform. The demolition will make way for a 34,000-square-foot complex consisting of four restaurants on new pilings, a relocated public promenade on the second-floor viewing deck, and an enlarged dock-and-dine facility for up to 12 boats.
Anthony’s began in 1946 at the old Downtown ferry landing, then reloacted to North Harbor Drive in the Marina District, opening its doors in 1964. The outdoor Fishette offered fast food while Star of the Sea restaurant next door offered upscale dining. The lease for Anthony’s was awarded to Portside Pier last month.
Portside’s four restaurants for the renovated space are Portside Gelato & Coffee, Miguel’s Cocina, Brigantine on the Bay, and Ketch Grill and Taps. Construction will cost between $15-$17 million and should begin in December.