A November opening is planned for Pier South, a $34 million boutique hotel in Imperial Beach being built by San Diego-based Pacifica Cos., and its on-site full-service restaurant to be operated by locally headquartered Cohn Restaurant Group.

Operators said the new restaurant, called Sea 180, will be located on the ground level of the hotel. The 16th San Diego County restaurant for Cohn Restaurant Group will have an upscale “coastal tavern” style and is named for its seafood menu and sweeping 180-degree views of the surrounding waterfront.

The San Diego-based company, led by David and Lesley Cohn, is operating its first Imperial Beach restaurant in partnership with Ken Irvine, principal of Irvine Hospitality Group and a former commercial fisherman. The 10,000-square-foot restaurant will have indoor and outdoor dining spaces, a banquet room and rooftop deck.

The 78-room Pier South is nearing completion on the waterfront site that previously housed Seacoast Inn for several decades. The new four-story hotel, located off Seacoast Drive, includes a 113-space underground parking lot, rooftop patio and pool, with meeting and event rooms.

Pier South will be operated by Pacifica Cos.’ hospitality management division, Pacifica Host Hotels, under a licensing agreement with Marriott International Inc.’s Autograph Collection luxury brand.

— SDBJ Staff Report