Former home of Jolly Roger Restaurant gets a new tenant, which hopes to open within 18 months after renovations.
Waterman at Dana Point Harbor will fill the vacant location left by Jolly Roger Restaurant, which shut its doors in September after 40 years at the harbor.
The Orange County Board of Supervisors last month approved a 10-year lease with Sunsets owners John and Damian Collins of Pacific Hospitality Group, who agreed to spend at least $800,000 on renovations, upgrades and code-compliance additions to the 6,000-square-foot space.
In addition, the county will cover costs for improvements to the building’s facade and roofing, if needed, as part of a planned $140 million harbor revitalization. Landside improvements are expected to begin in 2014 at the earliest.
Pacific Hospitality Group’s Natasha Haubold said she hopes the restaurant will open within 18 months. Plans for the menu and decor are in the works.
The building was constructed in the early 1970s, with Jolly Roger as the original tenant.
Dana Point Harbor director Brad Gross said the county’s revitalization plans will “dovetail” with the tenant’s improvement plans and that the design and architecture for the new restaurant are in the works. According to a Board of Supervisors staff report, the restaurant will be outfitted with an elevator. Furniture, fixtures and equipment left by the previous tenant will be removed.
“This is a great opportunity for both the new restaurant and for the harbor to provide an enhanced dining experience complementing the other services on the wharf,” Gross said in a statement.
Vintage Marina Partners, the operating manager for the property, sent information packets to owners of restaurants it felt were compatible with the vacant space. Pacific Hospitality Group was the only respondent.