Port of San Diego Lands Two Transformative and Renowned Restaurant Operators for Seaport Village
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Gladstone’s and Shorebird Restaurant to Anchor Carousel District
The Port of San Diego’s successful revitalization and transformation of Seaport Village continues. The Board of Port Commissioners has approved the 19th and 20th leases for the bayfront shopping, dining, and entertainment center since taking ownership in 2018 – Gladstone’s and Shorebird Restaurant, two phenomenally successful restaurants.
Gladstone’s, a historic beachside restaurant was founded in Malibu in 1972. In 2004, a licensee of the Gladstone’s brand opened another location at the Pine Avenue Pier in Long Beach. At Seaport Village, Gladstone’s will bring a fresh, new concept with a focus on classic seafood dishes including fish plates, king crab, Maine lobster, and more.
With successful launches in Newport Beach and Sedona, Arizona, Shorebird Restaurant brings its coastal flavors and relaxed vibes for its third opening at Seaport Village. An emerging concept under the Wild Thyme Restaurant Group umbrella, the menus boast sophisticated culinary techniques and casual plating styles with its scratch-made kitchen headed by Director of Culinary, Chef Jay Bogsinske.
“Seaport Village is attracting some major regional players in the food and beverage space – particularly among renowned casual dining and contemporary casual restaurants like Gladstone’s and Shorebird,” said Chairman Michael Zucchet, Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners. “Together, these latest additions to Seaport Village’s mostly locally-owned and operated lineup will bring even more excellent options to our San Diego Bay waterfront for locals and visitors to enjoy.”
As their first locations in San Diego County, Gladstone’s will open in a 9,684-square-foot space with an outdoor wrap-around patio located along the promenade. Shorebird will open in an approximately 2,272-square-foot, two-story over-water structure on San Diego Bay. Both are anticipated to begin construction in summer 2022 with opening anticipated for fall 2022. Together, Gladstone’s and Shorebird will create strong synergies with the current food and beverage operators in Seaport Village’s Carousel District.
“Gladstone's is excited and grateful for the opportunity to open in San Diego. Our goal is to be the quintessential California waterfront restaurant destination,” said John Sangmeister, Gladstone’s managing member. “Our new location in Seaport Village offers commanding views of San Diego Bay, the busy waterfront activities, and spectacular sunsets. We look forward to offering the freshest seafood in a fun and relaxing environment. Gladstone's 4 Fish and Fun!"
“We are so excited to bring Shorebird Restaurant to Seaport Village in San Diego,” said Heinrich Stasiuk, CEO and founder of Wild Thyme Restaurant Group. “We believe Shorebird will deliver the right combination of service, ambience, and flavors as a new hot spot for the community.”
Since the Port assumed ownership and operation of Seaport Village, the Port Board has approved investment spending of approximately $7.8 million to date:
- Approximately $2.5 million spent for sitewide enhancements, activations, and deferred maintenance. Notable improvements include a brand refresh with new signage and exterior painting on the property’s iconic buildings; upgraded amenities like the Urban Beach, a picturesque seating area with Adirondack chairs facing the bayfront vista; flexible furniture throughout; and new, flourishing native plants.
- Approximately $1.2 million so far to help new tenants renovate their spaces before opening for business.
- Another $4.1 million (approximately) committed towards future tenant improvements for new restaurant concepts that have not yet opened.
A buzz-worthy lineup of new tenants now open or opening soon includes:
- Tuk Tuk Eatery – an Asian themed fast-casual eating and drinking establishment featuring BBQ bowls and Bao bar.
- Mr. Moto Pizza – serving up award-winning, authentic New York-style pies blending old and new world flavors. Order a slide or a whole pie, or choose from a variety of pastas, salads, calzones, and desserts.
- Mike Hess Brewing – features 23 handles of craft beer, kombucha, cider, and soda, as well as an extensive menu of tacos, burritos, and more from Quiero Tacos.
- Samburgers – out-of-the-box burgers by “Sam the Cooking Guy” (Not Not Tacos, Graze) and acclaimed hospitality group Grain & Grit Collective (Carnitas Snack Shack, Broken Yolk, Little Italy Food Hall) along with a variety of sides, a kids’ menu, and a medley of craft beer offerings. Customers order from kiosks and dine outdoors on the adjacent al fresco garden area where visitors can also experience a lineup of onsite activations, including live music and more!
- Geppetto’s – a magical world of classic toys that inspire creative play for the entire family.
- Spill the Beans – a specialty coffee café featuring sustainably sourced and exceptionally roasted coffee in addition to teas, kombucha and other morning staples along with made-from-scratch bagels, artisan-compounded butter, and house-made cream cheeses.
- Influencer Boutique – a fashion-forward boutique specializing in women’s apparel and chic accessories.
- Louisiana Charlie’s – a Southern-style restaurant offering barbeque and Cajun-style food with a unique Mardis Gras-themed atmosphere (opening September 2021).
- Malibu Farm – simple, farm-to-table California-inspired cuisine that is fresh, organic and locally sourced whenever possible (anticipated opening summer 2022).
- Zytoun Gourmet Mediterranean – a full-service Greek and Mediterranean restaurant featuring healthy and fresh premium-quality Mediterranean cuisine (anticipated opening summer 2022).
- Old Harbor Distilling Company – a craft tasting room combined with a fast-casual seafood restaurant concept offering chowders, lobster rolls, and fish plates (anticipated opening summer 2022).
- Crack Taco Shop – a locally owned-and-operated fast-casual restaurant offering a variety of unique and authentic Mexican tacos with homemade corn tortillas and burritos featuring “Cardiff Crack” – the highly popular burgundy pepper tri-tip, specialty Micheladas, beer, wine, and sangria (anticipated opening summer 2022).
Seaport Village is managed on behalf of the Port by Protea Property Management, Inc. The Port is working with RI Properties, Inc. (Retail Insite) to list and market vacant retail space.
About Seaport Village
Adjacent to downtown San Diego and the iconic USS Midway Museum, Seaport Village is a vibrant harbor-side hub of unique retailers, artisans and eateries. Situated on the waterfront, this dynamic shopping and dining complex debuted in 1980 and showcases 14 acres of Spanish-style storefronts, cobblestone walkways and an historic carousel. The outdoor venue, now owned and operated by the Port of San Diego, is home to 60 retailers including souvenir shops, a surf shop, and a wine tasting room. Seaport Village also boasts a collection of waterfront dining options, including cafes, fast-casual bistros, and fine restaurants.
Seaport Village is located at 849 West Harbor Drive, just a five-minute drive from the airport and cruise ship terminal. Seasonal hours and parking rates vary. Additional information and a complete list of vendors can be found at seaportvillage.com.
Shorebird Restaurant is a coastal eatery that proudly presents a modern take on classic Americana flavors with influences from traditional seafood and steakhouses. Featuring a wood-fire grill and rotisserie, its signature dishes include Duroc Heritage Pork Chop with Brussels sprouts and brandy-poached apples, Faroe Island’s Salmon Mignon with a cauliflower purée, and Harris Ranch Prime Skirt Steak served with a red chimichurri sauce.
In addition to its culinary program, Shorebird Restaurant offers a robust wine menu, craft beers on tap, and cocktails mixed with premium brands and freshly-prepared ingredients. For more information, please visit Shorebird’s Restaurant at ShorebirdCA.com.
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.