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Antioch: Riverview Lodge Restaurant Sold

by ECT

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.

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27 comments

Marty Fernandez May 13, 2020 - 2:59 pm

Thank God! And good luck.

Janet May 13, 2020 - 3:39 pm

There was a shitty Lifetime movie called “Forgotten Evil” that was filmed in Antioch a few years ago and they filmed the karaoke scene at the Riverview. This is good news for the city, we needed this renovation.

Cheri Berendsen May 13, 2020 - 3:51 pm

How about you do an am pm on the water .gas food beer and ice .would be awsome

LovableCurmudgeon May 14, 2020 - 5:57 am

How about NOT! There is one at 10th/ Auto Center Dr. The idea is to bring new life to downtown. Not junky convenience stores

Midniteink May 14, 2020 - 2:03 pm

Great ideas come from Sean!! Looking forward to having him clear up the area and make it pretty again. Make it light up, we all want to enjoy OUR downtown Rivertown. We definitely have to take care of our homeless, but it would be great if other cities would take care of theirs as well and not refer them to Antioch’s Train Station.

Bets May 14, 2020 - 11:18 am

That would be horrible!

Beverly Denn May 13, 2020 - 4:44 pm

Use to go there with my Parents in the 1950’s and then with friends when we would be skiing on the Delta…….Lots of good memories.

LovableCurmudgeon May 14, 2020 - 5:58 am

And it’s been 1950 there forever

jim lanter May 13, 2020 - 6:09 pm

Nobody in East County sees the visions Sean sees. This is exciting. This establish has been ignored for years. What a great feeling to have another quality restaurant in downtown Antioch. Thanks Sean for all you have done for downtown.

Low income Antioch Rez May 13, 2020 - 6:14 pm

This is news at ECT…drilling for oil in between Brentwood and Antioch not so much.

ECT May 13, 2020 - 7:22 pm

It is not news, its been on the county website for a while–in fact, since April 13. People have been asleep at the wheel. The comment period closes soon. After that, it will be a story.

https://www.contracosta.ca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/64854/LP19-2019-Notice-of-Public-Reviewpdf-WEB-VERSION

Kim Chilcote May 14, 2020 - 6:45 am

This is great
Hope they can keep its “favorite”
Also loved the fish tank
My Aunt Cleo was a waitress there when I was young

Californiaman May 14, 2020 - 7:24 am

Sure going to miss the Combination seafood salad and the fish and chips couldn’t get any better anywhere else menu at smiths landing in the service stinks

C and C consulting May 14, 2020 - 10:59 am

Great news! Here our wishlist, Sean: Get a boat dock, have walk-up and call in-orders for boaters, replace the riverfront parking/drive thru area with outdoor dining, book live music, offer a more reasonably priced menu than Smith’s, (American fare and seafood) keep the name and you’ll have something!

Wish List? May 14, 2020 - 6:17 pm

Shut up, no one gives a rats ass about your wish list. My wish list is for you to suck corn out of a dead mans ass.

Candi Candler May 14, 2020 - 12:27 pm

Wow, soooo..many memories! From a little girl to parking and watching the river, it’s my go to place when I come to town, normally I don’t come, because its turned into a big ole shithole! I’m 64 and remember when Hazel’s was the stopping point for certain individuals, someone dropped the ball. I grew up there, and it breaks my heart to see what it has become, I’m glad my family is passed on , and don’t have to see this, I would be scared to death to have my little grandmother taking her walk , to the post office downtown, and out to luckys grocery store!! Nope!! Anyhow good luck with the re-do, it’ll never be the same!😪

mark goodall May 14, 2020 - 7:23 pm

Listen anything that makes the water front better is a good thing the question is whatever they put their is it going to be a fordable two people in Antioch high price restaurants on the waterfront won’t do us any good if you can’t afford to eat there good luck to them I hope and wish them well

Daniel May 15, 2020 - 3:11 pm

Education my dear mark

Sean McCauley May 14, 2020 - 8:45 pm

Great Ideas guys! Look forward to the project!

Do May 14, 2020 - 11:00 pm

Anyone that thinks sean McCauley cares about Antioch is foolish at best all he cares about is his wallet and for the competely stupid on here he does not run the restaurants he builds them out and leases them out smiths food is trash most inconsistent restaurant in Antioch there wannabe chef does not know how to even cut vegetables if people think the food is good you have no palate at all

Do May 15, 2020 - 5:56 pm

And have you seen there health score 67 out of 100 thats horrible yuck

Sean McCauley May 15, 2020 - 7:44 pm

Hey “DO” why dont you share your real name. Its jackasses like you that make antioch look bad not the business that work hard to feed your big mouth. You talk like that in front of my face you will have a rude awakening.

Do May 16, 2020 - 11:10 am

Meet me at your new establishment at 2:30 tough guy. I will be in a red Chevy 1500

Ipa May 15, 2020 - 9:00 pm

Here’s my bums, junkies and loser criminal removal plan:

-Dig big holes off Wilbur

-Fill big holes with the local human drecks and all their trash. Include all do gooders that enable them. Then finally backfill QUICKLY

-Repeat process when more appear

Sean McCauley May 16, 2020 - 3:02 pm

Yea “DO” you cant even share your name on a social media site. Like your going to show up to kick my ass? I will send my daughter over there to do it real quick. Is your name short for DOche bag?

Salina Duran May 17, 2020 - 4:05 pm

Yes!!! I can walk to the Riverview and we have the ability to make our downtown area so much better I’m excited to see someone else wants to invest in Antioch’s Downtown Area. Can’t wait to spend some time at this new spot.

pacal votan Jun 10, 2020 - 1:13 pm

I’m glad for the people of Antioch . This is what we talking about . People with vision .
Antioch is coming back to be a beautiful place to live .

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