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Sam the Cooking Guy themed restaurant coming to Seaport Village

Posted at 11:12 AM, Jan 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-10 20:48:34-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A new restaurant with a "Sam the Cooking Guy" concept is coming to Seaport Village.

The Port of San Diego this week approved a 10-year lease with the owners and operators of Carnitas Snack Shack, Broken Yolk, and Little Italy food hall to open a new kind of restaurant at Seaport Village.

The new restaurant, which will be on the east end of the property, will have a "Sam the Cooking Guy" concept. Sam Zien, also known as Sam the Cooking Guy, is a celebrity chef who aims to make cooking more down-to-earth, using ingredients that come from the everyday supermarket.


The space will open in a two-story building in the Lighthouse District part of Seaport Village.

The new agreement is the latest in the Port of San Diego's efforts to revitalize the shopping center, which has seen tenant closures and is up for a massive redevelopment. However, that project is still at least five to seven years away.

In the last year, the Port has invested more than $2 million to bring new events and freshen up the center - including creating art spaces and a podcasting studio. It has also signed leases with Hess Brewing, Mr. Moto Pizza and Spill the Beans Coffee.