Controversy over bayside restaurant plan: Former site of Reuben E. Lee questioned

New plan proposed by Sunroad Enterprises

SAN DIEGO - Plans for a new restaurant to go in place of an iconic floating restaurant that sank in San Diego Bay two months ago are being met with debate.

The new plan proposed by Sunroad Enterprises is known as 880 Harbor Restaurant and would be located at the former site of the Reuben E. Lee restaurant, which slowly sank in December.

The sinking occurred after it was towed to a shipyard, when it was determined that it would need millions of dollars in repairs.

Enter this new plan for a land-based single story restaurant, bar and banquet space with gangways down to a new barge.

California Coastal Commissioners Brian Brennan and Esther Sanchez are on record with an appeal. They cited issues with the project, including its inconsistency with the port's master plan and lack of public access to the shoreline.

10News tried to talk with Sanchez in Oceanside but she sent a statement that read, "I cannot discuss pending matters."

Though she would not talk, visitors to the area would.

"Well, I would support the restaurant," said Paul Fundingsland, who is visiting from Washington. "I would like to know when their happy hour is so I can see if I can afford it or not."

Colorado visitor Sam Tarkington told 10News, "It was kind of a nifty thing. When we lived here, it was always a nice place to come."

He added, "Given the nature of the view one has from here, I think it would probably be expected that there would be something new and nice here."

10News called Sunroad Enterprises and they told 10News that they met with the Coastal Commission on Monday and will go before the entire commission next week with the plan. 

They also told 10News if the plan is approved, they hope to break ground on the restaurant by May and open by next year.

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