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Will a restaurant housed atop a massive rental car center at Lindbergh Field become the city’s next must-dine-there destination?

A local brokerage firm and the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority say “yes.”

The new 530,500-square-foot consolidated rental car center under construction alongside Pacific Highway and Interstate 5 will house operations for 10 rental car companies and space for a nearly 8,000-square-foot restaurant on the top floor.

Design plans include unobstructed views of the city skyline and bay, as well as planes taking off and landing. A dedicated elevator will send diners directly up to the restaurant, which could potentially have 180 feet of floor-to-ceiling glass and an outdoor patio.

The $316 million project is set to be completed in early 2016.

Plans for the new 8,000-square-foot restaurant include a dedicated elevator and floor-to-ceiling glass. Courtesy image.

The restaurant won’t just be a pit stop for travelers who rented a Chrysler Sebring for a few days, but is envisioned as a new landmark eatery that will also be attractive to locals.

“We are looking for this to become San Diego’s restaurant,” said Michael Spilky, president of Location Matters, a local brokerage firm that is handling the search for a restaurant tenant. “We’re seeking to establish a unique brand that will resonate with the entire San Diego community and what we are all about: casual, yet refined, craft beer and cocktail-centric, and an approachable and local artisanal food experience.

“This is a generational opportunity to be the restaurant we all talk about for the next 30 years; a sustainable place to woo your out-of-town guests, have a date night, or even a power lunch,” Spilky said.

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