On Wednesday, it was confirmed that the Riverview Lodge Restaurant, a historic staple in the city of Antioch, has been sold to Sean McCauley Investments.
The Riverview Lodge, located at 1 I Street and overlooks the California Delta, will undergo a major upgrade of the facility to bring the building up to date and will include safety upgrades from underneath the structure.
The property purchase was finalized earlier this week and construction could begin as early as mid-to-late June. McCauley says he is also working with the City on a solution for the homeless in the area which includes Waldie Plaza but is confident something will be worked out as they had a similar situation during the purchase of Humphy’s.
McCauley stated plans for an operator were not yet finalized on what the new restaurant will be, but was in negotiations with possible seasoned operators and is hoping to move forward by the time construction is completed within 8 to 9 months.
He purchased the property for the waterfront and vision for the downtown.
“There are very few waterfront properties on the delta and we had such great success with Smiths Landing that I feel like there is new and more opportunity because the Riverview Lodge has had a great name and is a staple in Antioch. I feel like the Riverview Lodge has huge historic value and it just needs to be galvanized,” stated McCauley. “This will add to the list of quality restaurants being open on the Antioch Delta front”.
He continued by explaining the object for a vital downtown is to put quality housing with commerce and restaurants so people patronize the area to create a win for everyone.
“Revitalizing areas like downtown Antioch is all base hits, it is never a home run. Eventually after enough base hits, you start to score runs and it pays off. It’s a marathon and not a sprint,” stated McCauley.
Antioch Mayor Sean Wright was excited for the City of Antioch upon hearing the news.
“That is awesome. McCauley has turned a lot of restaurants around all of east county into successful establishments and it will be exciting what he will do with the Riverview Lodge,” said Wright. “This is just one more piece of the puzzle that will help revitalize downtown.”
For McCauley, this is his third purchase in the past several years as he purchased both the Humphry’s Building in 2017 for $1.2 million which is now Smiths Landing Seafood Grill and the former Antioch Police Officers Association Building which is now Guadalajara Taqueria.
Details of the detail were not disclosed.