San Diego Business Journal

Point Loma Seafoods, a San Diego waterfront mainstay since 1955, has reopened following a $2.7 million makeover.

City and port district leaders were among those attending an April 5 reopening ceremony, including the dedication of a new public art component at the restaurant, located at 2805 Emerson St. in America’s Cup Harbor at Shelter Island.

According to a statement from the Port of San Diego, the landlord for several waterfront tenants, the renovation began in June and entailed demolishing the former 7,904-square-foot restaurant and seafood market.

It was replaced with a new two-story, 11,306-square-foot building in the California Cannery Row style seen in Monterey. It includes an indoor and outdoor dining area on the ground floor, a new patio on the second floor, viewing areas and new landscaping with water-saving materials.

There is also a new lighthouse tower, created by artist Jon Koehler as a mini scale version of the old Point Loma Lighthouse, which served as a guidance system for vessels returning to the harbor. The mini lighthouse has a solar power system that will illuminate an internal glass prism at night.

The restaurant operated from a temporary satellite location during the renovation, and none of the restaurant’s approximately 50 employees were out of work because of construction, the statement said.

The Christianson family of San Diego has owned and operated Point Loma Seafoods since 1963. The renovation was designed by architect Gary Seward and the contractor was R and R Construction of San Diego.

Owners said priorities included enhancing the waterfront connection between the restaurant and the nearby pedestrian promenade, and complementing new sport fishing redevelopment projects under way in the harbor.

— Lou Hirsh