Morro Bay’s boat-shaped building needs a life preserver – or else
A waterfront restaurant in Morro Bay is being forced to close to make way for a pocket park and new development — but its well-known boatshaped building may have a chance at being preserved.
Dockside 3, owned by Mark Tognazzini, opened in 2013 in a well-known building along Morro Bay’s waterfront.
Monday, Sept. 3, is scheduled to be the restaurant’s last day of operation.
“We have no choice. It’s not that we want to close. It’s been a successful little spot with great revenue,” Tognazzini said.
Tognazzini opened the first Dockside restaurant along the Embarcadero in 2004.
Two years later, they opened Dockside Too. Dockside 3 was the latest and greatest addition, not only serving seafood but smokehouse grilled food as well.
The restaurant closure comes as Togazzini’s lease with property owner Bob Fowler is nearing its end.
Plans to demolish the ship and build a new structure have been in the works since 2007, prior to Fowler purchasing the property.
The building, originally home to the Finicky Fish, was built around 1975 by the DeGarimore family, according to the Morro Bay Historical Society. It was formerly home to the Thai Boat restaurant.
Fowler’s new 5,800square-foot development will house the Morro Bay Landing and Grassy Bar Oyster Co.
A restaurant space and two retail spaces are currently available in the future structure planned for the site.
The property will also have a pocket park for public use with benches and a walkway, Fowler said. LONGTIME PLANS
Despite knowing Fowler’s long-term goal, Tognazzini said he had hoped to buy the land and keep his seafood and smokehouse restaurant in the building. Over the past five years, he tried to convince Fowler and the city that the building is an important feature to the city’s character.
Tognazzini’s Dockside 3 in Morro Bay is closing to make way for a new development and pocket park. The boat-shaped building will be demolished unless a last-minute effort to relocated it is successful.