SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Anthony’s Fish Grotto, San Diego’s oldest family-owned and operated seafood restaurant company, is embarking on an ambitious effort to rebrand and remodel its restaurants, including the North Embarcadero flagship location that houses Anthony’s Fish Grotto, Anthony’s Fishette and Anthony’s Star of the Sea Event Center.
Anthony’s opened its doors on the waterfront in 1946. Sixty-seven years later, founder Catherine “Mama” Ghio’s original recipes are still the cornerstones of the menu.
A farm-to-table restaurant long before the current trend, Anthony’s introduced diners to locally caught fish prepared in the comfort-food style of an authentic Italian seafood restaurant. With its location at the heart of the waterfront, Anthony’s remains San Diego’s most famous and honored restaurants. And now Anthony’s has reimagined its entire waterfront complex. A rendering of concepts for an interior and exterior remodel for the Harbor Drive location was presented to the Port of San Diego Real Estate Division and a new executive sous chef has begun work on updating the menus for all three locations.
The architecture firm of Robinson Brown was retained with firm principal David Robinson designing the North Embarcadero restaurant rendering. In tandem with this makeover, Anthony’s Fish Grotto hired Chef Jay (Timothy) Payne Jr., formerly the Executive Chef of Café Japengo in La Jolla.
“Chef Jay is already experimenting with new flavors and combinations that complement Mama Ghio’s original recipes and we’re having a lot of fun tasting Jay’s creations and drink pairings,” said Craig Ghio, co-owner and third-generation family member. “One of Chef Jay’s most important projects is designing a new concept restaurant in the former Star of the Sea space. This new concept, 1360 Harbor, will feature artisanal seafood small plates, boutique wines and local hand-crafted beers.”
This new design for the Harbor Drive location will feature open architecture that blends seamlessly with the Port’s North Embarcadero Visionary Plan and echoes the Port Pavilion cruise ship terminal/event center. Patrons will enjoy wide, unobstructed views of San Diego Bay. The rebranding initiatives also include green energy initiatives and waterfront dining events, seafood and wine pairings and more. This rebranding also carries over to Anthony’s La Mesa location, where enhanced interiors, greater utilization of its private lake and evolved menu will be featured.