ANTIOCH, Calif. — The City of Antioch has just released a Request for Qualifications and Proposals seeking an experienced restaurateur with a vision for a vibrant waterfront restaurant. The 12,400+ square-foot restaurant is located on the San Joaquin River in the city’s downtown Rivertown Business District.
“This restaurant venue has real potential to be ‘The place to dine in East County,’” said city manager Steve Duran. “The site is unique and spectacular, situated right on the San Joaquin River with magnificent water views.” Just a short walk from the historic shopping district, the currently-vacant building boasts ample parking, a spacious back of house kitchen area, custom woodwork throughout, a large bar seating area and a separate banquet room, he said.
Built in 1987, the restaurant is located at One Marina Plaza, between the 310-berth public Marina and the recently-constructed public boat launch ramp. Other amenities in Marina Plaza include a guest dock with overnight berthing, public restrooms, picnic areas and a protected wetlands preserve that attracts both bird watchers and casual visitors.
Antioch recently became the second largest City in Contra Costa County, with a population of more than 106,000 residents in the heart of the Eastern Contra Costa trade area of over 250,000 people.
With the State Route 4 highway widening project nearing completion and the e-BART station scheduled to open in 2017, residential, commercial and retail development in Antioch – and East Contra Costa County in general – has become increasingly active and is expected to continue its growth pattern, Duran said.
“The City is open to a long-term lease with an experienced restaurateur who is well-capitalized enough to fund a complete renovation of the premises,” said Duran. “Anyone interested in pursuing the opportunity can find the Request for Qualifications and Proposals on the homepage of the City’s website.”
Here is a link to the RFP.
How long did it take the city council & city manager to take action on this “idea”? I know Duran is relatively new, so a little grace for him, but the council and previous city manager? NO GRACE. Just a disgrace that they have sat on this for so long.
For the record, the place closed in January 2013. Now, in July 2014… they just start seeking a viable tenant now?
Mr Marchetti: There were several things keeping us from doing anything with this property. Mainly Ownership. We owned the land but not the property. So, once those complications were cleared up we can move forward. Yes, it has been hanging around far too long and will now probably need some major work.
How about turning it into a food stamp or EBT card distribution center. Better yet Antioch should come up with its own food stamp system. I’ll bet business would be booming considering how many low life ghetto section 8 criminal minded idiots live in this city.
I went to the boat launch ramp a couple weeks ago for a fishing trip. Nothing but ghetto people hanging around the are. Obviously the only recreational use they were doing was smoking weed. Not a safe place for families to take their kids. Once we left the ramp and were in the middle of the water it was peaceful again. Oh how what a little distance from filthy ghetto people really Makes a difference in the day.
Get rid of the old veterans in city council and the mayor with truthful, people who have the integrity to do what’s right for the city. NO candidates who hail from the corrupt school system.
RJB, our friends with young children go there every day and launch. Did the same last year. Never have had a problem. Can’t say what it is like at night though. They are usually back by 8 pm.
I was there later in the day between 3pm and 10pm
It is too bad it was built incorrectly so catches all the weeds, is already falling apart and sinking and it has never been finished because of Antioch’s improper use of funds.
No experienced restaurateur will invest their hard earned cash there. It is way too ghetto with tons of Alaskan ghetto scumbags hanging in the area.
What right minded law abiding citizen would bring their family to eat at a dangerous place?
Nothing will change unless the three people that sit in the middle of that city Council meeting are booted out and replaced with people who are not tied the Antioch school board.
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