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Port of San Diego and The Brigantine, Inc. Celebrate Grand Opening and Debut of Ketch Grill & Taps and Portside Gelato & Coffee on Shelter Island

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Shelter Island is now home to The Brigantine, Inc.’s two newest concepts – Ketch Grill & Taps and Portside Gelato & Coffee. The Port of San Diego and The Brigantine held a grand opening celebration for the debut of both establishments at 2614 Shelter Island Drive in San Diego on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

Ketch Grill & Taps is a casual eatery that connects San Diego’s unique, fresh seafood and pub fare with the area’s thriving craft beer and spirits community. Portside Gelato & Coffee is a walk-up shop scooping up a wide assortment of fine gelato and brewing fresh coffee and espresso from local roaster, Café Moto.

"This is a fantastic new waterfront experience. The Brigantine has been serving San Diego for nearly 50 years - in fact, they opened their first Brigantine Seafood and Oyster Bar on Shelter Island. We're thrilled they are debuting their latest new concepts on Shelter Island as well!" said Chairman Rafael Castellanos, Board of Port Commissioners, Port of San Diego.

Ketch features an outdoor patio with marina and downtown skyline views. The entire footprint for Ketch and Portside Gelato, including outside areas, is 12,001 square feet. Reclaimed wood is applied throughout Ketch, including in the entry wall along the streetscape in multi-colored teak, the interior service counter and in the booths in the back patio.

“With our history on Shelter Island, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to debut our two newest brands at this location. Visitors, locals and all who work on the island and nearby love our flagship restaurant and Miguel’s Cocina. We know they’ll love Ketch and Portside Gelato as well,” said Mike Morton, Jr., president and CEO of The Brigantine, Inc.

Additionally, the restaurant was designed and constructed to be energy- and water-efficient. Features include:

  • Drought-resistant landscaping and a drip irrigation system, along with natural runoff filters;
  • LED lighting, automation of lights and other systems and energy-efficient kitchen appliances; and
  • A Demand Control Ventilation kitchen exhaust system to limit energy use.

The Brigantine is also constructing Portside Pier on San Diego Bay, which will feature all four Brigantine restaurant concepts – Brigantine Seafood and Oyster Bar, Miguel’s Cocina, Ketch Grill & Taps, and Portside Gelato & Coffee. Portside Pier will be located at 1360 North Harbor Drive along the North Embarcadero in San Diego and is anticipated to open in late 2019.

The Port is self-funded. Revenues generated by tenants like The Brigantine, along with other real estate and maritime revenues, are reinvested into the Port’s 22 parks, public improvement projects, redevelopment projects, Harbor Police and more on San Diego Bay and the surrounding waterfront.

The Brigantine, Inc., based in San Diego, is a restaurant company that owns and operates restaurants under three brand names; Brigantine Seafood and Oyster Bar (7 locations), Miguel’s Cocina (6 locations), Ketch Grill and Taps (1 location). In addition to the core brands, the company operates a test kitchen restaurant (Brig HQ) and a brewery (Ketch Brewing) out of its Kearny Mesa Corporate Headquarters.

About THE Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.

About Port of San Diego Waterfront Development

Port of San Diego Waterfront Development contributes to the continuous prosperity of the local economy.

From Real Estate to Aquaculture and Blue Tech, the Port invests in major redevelopment and community infrastructure, so businesses in our region have the opportunity to stay competitive in the global marketplace.