New Floating Restaurant to Open on Harbor Island

The new 24,000 square foot indoor/outdoor restaurant, lounge is expected to open in the spring of 2015

A new floating restaurant to be managed by the Cohn Restaurant Group will open next year along Harbor Island, company and public officials announced Monday.

The new 24,000-square foot indoor/outdoor restaurant and lounge is expected to open in the spring of 2015 next to the current restaurants C Level and Island Prime.

David Cohn, who with his wife Leslie owns 23 restaurants around San Diego County with 1,800 employees, said it’s the most exciting project he’s been involved with.

The project has been in development for years and involved the late architect Graham Downes.

It will use the same space that was once occupied by the old Reuben E. Lee restaurant.

A public walkway and viewing area will offer access to the east end of Harbor Island for the first time since 1969, Cohn said.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer called the project a “significant” one that will offer gorgeous views of the Port of San Diego.

It will also bring more than 200 new jobs to the community, Faulconer said.

Chef Deborah Scott will be designing the menu for the still unnamed Mexican cuisine restaurant.

“We want to provide something that’s a great part of the history of San Diego and our close proximity to Mexico,” Scott said.

Cohn Restaurant Group has partnered with Sunroad Enterprises for the project.

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