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Bluewater Grill purchases Coronado's 1887 on the Bay

Newport Beach-based Bluewater Grill has purchased 1887 on the Bay, the former Hotel del Coronado boathouse on Coronado Island. The company will be renovating it to showcase local sustainable seafood and shellfish.

The sale closed in early June, and the Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill will reopen on June 27 following a preliminary remodel. A more extensive remodel is scheduled when summer ends.

The purchase price and the renovation costs were not disclosed. Previously, it was the home of the Coronado Yacht Club and the Chart House for more than 30 years.

The restaurant will be modernized to be the flagship eatery of the company and be designed to pattern Bluewater’s Avalon restaurant on Santa Catalina Island.

This will become Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill’s first restaurant in San Diego and the sixth overall.

According to Bluewater co-owner and co-founder Jimmy Ulcickas, he and his partner Rick Staunton have long had their eye on a waterfront location in San Diego.

“The prospect of taking over this high-profile, historic space and rebranding it as Bluewater Boathouse, is a unique opportunity,” said Ulcickas. “Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill will combine the traditions of the Hotel del Coronado boathouse with an updated contemporary interior and the freshest sustainable seafood and shellfish in San Diego.”

Staunton said 1887 on the Bay closed in early June for a cosmetic remodel and a small kitchen equipment changeover. The more extensive remodel later this year will feature a contemporary fish house theme with authentic artifacts collected from Bluewater founders’ years of fishing experiences off the coast of Southern California.

All the staff from 1887 on the Bay has been retained and the new owners plan to add 25-50 seasonal jobs.

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