By Dave Schwab
The transformation of the former Chart House on Prospect Street into Eddie V’s Prime Seafood is on track for early summer completion, complete with a public viewing deck with an ocean view.
And the deck will honor noted La Jolla architect Robert Mosher, who at 90 is wrapping up his career.
“It was the first project my office did in 1948 and it will be the last I do because I’m retiring,” said Mosher, whose family owned the restaurant property at 1270 Prospect St. from 1944 until it was purchased by Allison-Zongker in 1992.
La Jolla landlord Don Allison said the see-through view corridor is being constructed on the west side of the building.
“The interior of the new restaurant will be a paved brick patio area that will be carried onto this outlook over the ocean,” said Allison. “This is a great view outlook, and the public will be encouraged to use it, but it will remain private property. It will be a nice vantage point for everyone who comes.”
Allison said the restaurant view deck will be about seven or eight feet wide at its narrowest point then widen out “like a piece of pie, probably 20 feet on the ocean side.”
Mosher, who designed the restaurant and its remodel, said extra effort was taken to preserve the authenticity of the property, including retaining a fireplace from one cottage that existed in the historic Green Dragon Colony.
“We saved the fireplace — it was in terrible shape,” he said. “We went through great pains to see to it that it didn’t fall down and we rebuilt it and it’s now in good shape.”
Eddie V’s is being constructed with views in mind. A member of Eddie V’s Restaurants Inc., a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based steak and seafood chain, the restaurant has signed a lease to be the first Southern California store in the chain. It had originally been scheduled to move into 1270 Prospect St. on June 1.
Mitch Liggett, director of development for Eddie V’s, said the construction timetable for the project is “changing every day.”
“It looks like mid-summer, late June probably or even July,” he said noting, “We’re really trying to respect the site and what was their originally and try to do it (remodel) right.”
“It’s going to be a wonderful building with views clear through to the street,” Mosher said. “People will be able to stand on the sidewalk and look through and see the ocean. That’s the only place on Prospect where you can do that.”
Mosher said the restaurant itself is going to have marvelous all-glass views with two beautiful outdoor dining decks.
“It’s really going to be sensational,” he said.
On its web site, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood said its menu was inspired from the great classic seafood restaurants of New Orleans, San Francisco and Boston. La Jolla’s Eddie V’s will be the 15
restaurant in the decade-old chain.
Liggett said the new restaurant will have a seating capacity of nearly 300 including rooftop and outdoor patio dining.
The 1270 Prospect St. site is where La Jolla’s famed Green Dragon Colony was located. The colony opened in 1894 and became a hotbed for artists, novelists, composers, and others invigorating La Jolla in its early history. Although the last traces of the colony were knocked down by 1949, some artifacts remain in odd places, such as the fireplace being restored and reused in Eddie V’s.