Intrepid Landing’s restaurant element for boatyard project begins to take shape

Company to bring food service and public art to Shelter Island venue.

SAN DIEGO — A local sportfishing company will complement the redevelopment of Kettenburg Marine Boatyard at San Diego’s Shelter Island with public art and a walk-up food and beverage establishment.

The Port of San Diego’s Board of Port Commissioners voted in favor of Intrepid Landing’s planned addition to the Kettenburg Boatyard project at 2702 Shelter Island Drive, Dec. 5.

Intrepid Landing would specifically add a small restaurant area with outdoor seating. A patio area would be open to customers during daylight hours. The public space adjacent to the boatyard area would remain open to the public at all times and not be impeded by the proposed uses, according to port staff.

“The proposed outdoor seating is limited with four proposed tables and an estimated 30 chairs – open to the public – in the 2,000 square foot patio. Right now no seating is available in the patio,” port district staff stated in a report to commissioners.

Eppig Brewery, according to port district staff, would operate the food venue.

A sails public art sculpture awning would also be added to the project, according to port staff. The sculpture, according to port staff, “would consist of canvas canopies shaped like sails” and “provide shade relief for the public.”

Port district staff’s report did not include any information on how much the project would cost.

Driscoll obtained control of Kettenburg Boatyard in 1995 and entered into an option agreement with the port district to redevelop the property in 2005. The Kettenburg family had operated the boatyard for more than 80 years prior to Driscoll’s arrival, according to port district staff.

Redevelopment plans consisted of a new boatyard administration building, boat shed, travelift, slips for 52 boats, marine sales space and food services area.

The existing wharf, floating docks, buildings and other portions of the venue will be demolished, port district staff stated, due to their deteriorated, unsightly and inefficient conditions.

Commissioners approved the item as part of its consent calendar, meaning it was voted on without discussion.

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