Port of San Diego Shops Options for Anthony's Fish Grotto Location

The Port of San Diego is fishing around for new options for a prime cut of harbor real estate.

The 52-year lease for Anthony’s Fish Grotto, Fishette and Star of the Sea Room – located along Harbor Drive near Ash Street – is set to expire Jan. 31, 2017. So the Port is taking steps to find the next tenant.

On Tuesday, the Board of Port Commissioners told its staff to request proposals for what could go into the 31,608-square foot space, which sits literally above the water.

They want the next project to fall in line with the Embarcadero's recent redevelopment.

“This is a rare opportunity for a highly qualified team to pursue a redevelopment on one of the most prominent and desirable waterfront restaurant sites in Southern California,” reads a Port news release.

Those who turn in a proposal will have to show their plan to finance, design, construct and operate a bayfront restaurant.

Port staff will review the proposals and give their recommendation to the board on Aug. 11, 2015.

The project will join 73 restaurants, 16 hotels and three retail centers that the Port encompasses.

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