Cohn Family’s New Restaurant in OB’s Former Portugalia Set to Open this Fall

by on August 8, 2013 · 19 comments

in Culture, Economy, Ocean Beach

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The front of the former Portugalia – soon to be the OB Warehouse. Photo by Frank Gormlie.

By Candice Woo / Eater San Diego

Wondering what David Cohn was planning to do with the Ocean Beach property he purchased earlier this year? Wonder no longer; Eater’s got the scoop on the Cohn Restaurant Group‘s next project which will transform the Newport Avenue space once occupied by Portugalia.

The CRG’s frequent collaborator, designer and restaurateur Philippe Beltran, is overseeing its metamorphosis into their new OB Warehouse Street Food + Bar, slated to make its debut this fall.

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The main action will happen upstairs, where the 6,000-square-foot space will hold a seating capacity of 120 on banquettes and four communal tables that span the length of the dining room. Photo by Candice Woo.

A small area on the ground level will be used as a private room, but all of the main action will happen upstairs, where the 6,000-square-foot space will hold a seating capacity of 120 on banquettes and four communal tables that span the length of the dining room. The three-station central bar will dispense craft cocktails and beer, 24 taps of it. A back patio is also in the works.

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A bisected 1965 Airstream trailer will function as front wall of the kitchen. Photo by Candice Woo.

Beltran told Eater that the eatery was initially called The Garage, which would be an ultra-casual, self-serve concept; OB Warehouse will now feature table service but it’ll keep the industrial vibe thanks to repurposed metal, fixtures and tables, vintage signs and antique props. A bisected 1965 Airstream trailer will function as front wall of the kitchen.

OB Warehouse’s menu direction is still evolving, but the focus will be on bar food; potential dishes include street tacos, burgers, wings and corn dogs.

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