San Diego Business Journal

Newly Opened Imperial Beach Restaurant is Cohn’s 19th in County

By Lou Hirsh Thursday, December 26, 2013
Sea 180 Coastal Tavern in Imperial Beach is named for its 180-degree oceanfront views.

Sea 180 Coastal Tavern in Imperial Beach is named for its 180-degree oceanfront views. Photo by Cohn Restaurant Group

Cohn Restaurant Group of San Diego has opened Sea 180 Coastal Tavern in Imperial Beach. The seafood-focused eatery, named for its 180-degree panoramic oceanfront views, is the company’s 19th restaurant location in San Diego County.

The restaurant is on the ground floor of Pier South, locally based Pacifica Cos.’ new $28 million boutique hotel. The 78-room hotel is slated to formally open in January.

Restaurant operators said the new 10,000-square-foot venue includes indoor and outdoor dining, including a banquet room and a rooftop deck.

The new eatery is a partnership between Cohn Restaurant Group, led by David and Lesley Cohn, and longtime chef and restaurateur Ken Irvine, principal of Irvine Hospitality Group in Coronado.

Leading its kitchen is Chef Jack Fisher, an Imperial Beach native who has previously worked at high-end restaurants including Nine-Ten in La Jolla and Addison at the Grand Del Mar.