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Costa Azul To Reopen At The Coronado Ferry Landing

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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2019 3:44 pm | Updated: 4:08 pm, Thu Sep 12, 2019.

Costa Azul, the beloved Mexican restaurant frequented by locals and tourists alike will reopen at the Ferry Landing after it closed last November from its former location on Orange Avenue.

After a long search for a new place to reopen, owner Brant Sarber has found a location for Costa Azul. It is the former home of Candelas, and later El Roy’s, which recently closed. Sarber said he had been in negotiations for that location for a while and finally an agreement was finalized and the lease from the Port of San Diego came through. Sarber has a five-year lease on the property.

The restaurant is currently undergoing a facelift with fresh paint and work on the deck. Sarber retained his liquor license and will get it transferred to the new restaurant. “I will transfer most of my stuff that is in storage. I want it to look and feel as much as I can to [the former] Costa,” said Sarber who has kept much of the restaurant’s original furnishings. He pointed out the positives of the new location - parking and the view of downtown.

“A lot of people are saying it’s now close to them and they are happy to have Costa on this end of town. I want it to feel like Cheers where people can come a few times a week… a place where they can go and get an appetizer and a margarita and not have to spend $100. A place where they can feel welcome, not super fancy,” he said.

The square footage of the new Costa is very similar to the former location. Sarber will continue to manage the restaurant as well as do anything and everything in the front and the back of the house as usual while his wife keeps the books.

Sarber’s goal is to open in three to four months. He wants to highlight the view for his patrons where every diner can enjoy seeing boats go by and the upcoming boat parade in December.

The menu is planned to stay the same and a number of former employees have been in touch with Sarber hoping to go back to work at his restaurant once again.

“It was a family,” he said of his employees.

Sarber plans on continuing the tradition of live music on Sundays and offering Happy Hour specials for people taking the ferry to go to the Padres games.

“I’m so humbled by the support. Everybody has been so nice. I’m looking forward to opening. I can’t wait to come back,” he said.

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