Construction is finally starting on West Harbor, which will replace the picturesque waterfront site of Ports O’Call Village in San Pedro.
Developers of the entertainment complex said Thursday that they have secured financing for the $155 million first phase, which will include restaurants, bars and shops overlooking Los Angeles’ bustling harbor.
Work will begin immediately and be completed in 2024, Ratkovich Co. CEO Brian Saenger said.
Westport-bound restaurants will include Yamashiro, a second branch of Hollywood’s Japanese-themed destination for locals and tourists alike.
Another large restaurant will be King & Queen Cantina, a Mexican-themed eatery with an overwater bar. There will also be a restaurant, a dining hall with Bark Social, and a dog park bar and cafe with membership leashes.
Port Authority developers Ratkovich Co. of Los Angeles. and Jerico Development Inc., West Harbor has been working on for more than a decade to redevelop the 42-acre Ports O’Cole site. Built in the 1960s, this replica of a New England fishing village drew attention years ago and was torn down in 2018.
The developers signed a 66-year lease agreement with the port to build and operate West Port. Plans include a 6,200-seat amphitheater that is currently undergoing environmental review. The venue is being developed in collaboration with the Nederlander Organization, a music and theater impresario.
The amphitheater is open to the public on non-show days and hosts community events such as fitness classes, outdoor movies, cultural festivals and educational series.
San Pedro Fish Market, one of the region’s top-grossing restaurants, will move to a new development. Owners of a popular seafood restaurant intend to expand and wanted more space from West Port.
The port is negotiating with Fish Market officials who want to build a fine dining restaurant elsewhere on the beach, said port spokeswoman Arlie Baker. “Discussions are focused on a quick transition to the new site.”
The former footprint of the West Harbor Fish Market will be partially occupied by Yamashiro. Sugar factorytrendy brasserie known for great desserts and other Instagram-friendly fare.
The West Harbor complex was designed by James Corner Field Operations, the architects and urban designers behind the building. High line Park in Manhattan and Tongva Park in Santa Monica. Harbor staff have installed courtesy boat slips to accommodate water taxis and boat owners visiting for day trips.
Other verified tenants Mike Hess Brewing, Hopscotch, Poppy + Rose, Jay bird chicken, Pitfire Pizza, window, Live Crepes, Marufuku Ramen, Mario’s Neighborhood Butcher Shop and Deli, roasted bear and Port A breezy ride.