Cohn Plans Mid-August Opening for New Harbor Island Restaurant

Cohn Restaurant Group of San Diego has a mid-August opening planned for Coasterra, its new waterfront restaurant at Harbor Island.

Company officials said the restaurant, built at a cost of more than $10 million, will have panoramic views of the city skyline and serve “modern Mexican” cuisine. The menu is being developed by Partner/Chef Deborah Scott and newly named Executive Chef John Gray, whose career includes work at The Ritz-Carlton Resort in Cancun, Mexico.

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The 28,000-square-foot venue, at 880 Harbor Drive, will include a lounge and event space, with an airy banquet room that can seat more than 300. It will also soon feature an outdoor floating event deck that accommodates 500 people.

The mid-century-influenced restaurant was designed by the late local architect Graham Downes, and more than half of its space is on the outside. It is adjacent to Cohn’s existing Island Prime and C-Level restaurants and was developed with San Diego-based Sunroad Enterprises.

Headquartered in Old Town, the privately held Cohn Restaurant Group was started in 1982 by David and Lesley Cohn. The company operates more than 20 restaurants in San Diego County and Hawaii.

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