Port Approves Three New Seaport Village Leases

Nov 13, 2019

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As part of the Port of San Diego’s efforts to revitalize Seaport Village, the Board of Port Commissioners has approved leases for Mike Hess Brewing, Mr. Moto Pizza, and Spill the Beans. Anticipated to open in 2020, these local businesses, along with site enhancements, community programs and more, are creating excitement within Seaport Village for locals and visitors alike.

“Visit Seaport Village! The Port is thrilled to bring some new and established local favorites to the San Diego Bay waterfront for the enjoyment of San Diegans as well as those who visit us from across the country and around the world,” said Chairman Garry Bonelli, Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners. “These new tenants will help bring fresh energy and vitality to the diverse shops, unique eateries and outdoor entertainment already offered at the vibrant harbor-side hub.”

One of the region’s premier craft breweries, Mike Hess Brewing provides great beers and a welcoming atmosphere at its San Diego locations in Miramar, North Park, Imperial Beach and Ocean Beach. They’ll move into a space along the waterfront boardwalk in the Carousel District north of the Pier Café and will have a beer tasting room and patio area with a full-service restaurant.

"Few things are more essential to the San Diego experience than a visit to Seaport Village,” said Mike Hess, Chief Brewing Officer at Mike Hess Brewing. “To be a part of that history and serve our beer in such an idyllic waterfront location – we're incredibly excited. By partnering with City Tacos, we'll be offering two of San Diego's most popular, authentic brand experiences – craft beer and tacos – under one roof. We're looking to bring great beer and great food to locals and visitors alike. See you there!"

Mr. Moto Pizza has quickly become one of San Diego’s favorite pizza restaurants, serving up New York-style pizza either by the slice or an entire pie. Seaport Village will be its sixth location, where they’ll offer pickup and delivery in addition to dining-in on its waterfront patio. They’ll be located north of the Pier Café and adjacent to Mike Hess Brewing in the Carousel District.

“We are excited about this new space in Seaport Village! Pizza, beer and the bayfront is what people want so we will give them the Mr. Moto experience by the water,” said Gibran Fernandez, Mr. Moto Pizza. “Our fresh, crafty, and innovative concept is what people in that area have been wanting for years!”

Spill the Beans is a specialty coffee and bagel shop that opened in the Gaslamp Quarter in 2017. They’ve built a successful and unique brand and will open their second location in a key boardwalk vacancy in Seaport Village’s Lighthouse District across from the Marriott Marina near San Pasqual Winery.

“We’re thrilled to open our second location of Spill the Beans in Seaport Village,” said Joe Vaught, Spill the Beans. “The crowd of visitors and locals perusing the outdoor venue can count on our staff of baristas and pastry chefs to keep them fueled with locally roasted coffee by Dark Horse and California-style bagels that are doughy and downright delicious.”

Additionally, the Port and its partners continue to activate Seaport Village and make various site enhancements and operational improvements. Highlights include:

  • Free live music daily in the Carousel District and Sundays in the Lighthouse District;
  • Seaport Sessions, a weekly speaker series and mixer, including musical performances by local artists/bands, held every Thursday in the Lighthouse District;
  • Studio by the Bay Family Days – in collaboration with The New Children’s Museum, features art making with two artists-in-residents, Kurosh Yahyai and Jose Venegas, free monthly workshops and play-based experiences for children and families;
  • Holidays by the Bay – starting in November, this will include photos and breakfast with Santa, Surfin’ Santa, Santa’s Workshop, Parade of Lights and the Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival;
  • Seaport Studio – weekly Seaport Sessions podcasts, available on iTunes, are recorded here featuring topics ranging from local arts & culture and San Diego history to marine ecology, blue tech innovation, and more;
  • A Seaport Village brand refresh complete with an updated logo and colors that have been and will continue to be incorporated into new signage and refreshed painting throughout the center, promotional materials, etc.;
  • Various enhancements to landscaping, hardscape and lighting; and 
  • Repairs and maintenance throughout the center.
    Full details for the above events and offerings are available at Follow Seaport Village on Instagram and Facebook for daily updates.

Seaport Village is managed on behalf of the Port by Protea Property Management, Inc. and is working with RI Properties, Inc. (Retail Insite) to list and market vacant retail space.

Adjacent to downtown San Diego and the iconic USS Midway Museum, Seaport Village is a vibrant harbor-side hub of unique retailers, artisans and eateries. Situated on the waterfront, this dynamic shopping and dining complex debuted in 1980 and showcases 14 acres of Spanish-style storefronts, cobblestone walkways and an historic carousel. The outdoor venue, now owned and operated by the Port of San Diego, is home to 57 retailers including souvenir shops, a surf shop, and a wine tasting room. Seaport Village also boasts a collection of waterfront dining options, including cafes, fast-casual bistros and fine restaurants. Seaport Village will undergo redevelopment by the Port of San Diego to create a thriving multi-use venue. These events and partnerships signal Seaport Village's dedication to building a foundation of vibrant, community-oriented programming that creates both an immediate impact that creates an immediate impact for our community.

Seaport Village is located at 849 West Harbor Drive, just a 5-minute drive from the airport and cruise ship terminal. Seasonal hours and parking rates vary. Additional information and a complete list of vendors can be found at

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