Morro Bay’s boat-shaped build­ing needs a life pre­server – or else

The Tribune (SLO) - - Front Page - BY CAS­SAN­DRA GARIBAY

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.

DAVID MIDDLECAMP dmid­dle­[email protected]­bune­news.com

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.

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