News from the Voltaire Street Commercial Area of Ocean Beach

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in Culture, Economy, Environment, History, Ocean Beach

The OB Pier is not near Voltaire Street, but it was closed on Wednesday, due to the many repairs needed from the damage of the last series of storms and high surf.

Ocean Beach has three commercial areas – the main one, of course, along Newport Avenue; a second one along Voltaire Street in north OB, and the smaller enterprise zone along Point Loma Avenue in south OB.

And within each commercial area, storefronts and businesses are constantly changing, new ones coming in and others closing or moving on. Plus construction projects also add to the mix.

Focusing on the Voltaire Street area today, this then is the beginning of an update to each business area of OB, based on a visit to them by this reporter on Wednesday, January 25th, .

Voltaire Street

People’s Food “Garden Restaurant”

The much-anticipated vegetarian restaurant being constructed on Voltaire Street by People’s Food Co-op is still in progress.

We heard it doesn’t have a name yet – and it appears there’s time to  give it one.

Voltaire Beach House

The newest restaurant to Voltaire Street is the Voltaire Beach House – which replaced the OB’istro. It opened last weekend, the general manager, Gabriel Shantz, told me.

The front restaurant / bar has 24 taps, cocktails and food.

A back tasting room will also be opening soon, and it will feature 12 taps of Golden State Brewery exclusively.

Gabriel said that they employ 52 people as part of their staff, all but two are part-time, and they include cooks, servers, bartenders, food runners and hostesses.  The owners of the VBH, Dave Huber and Mark Schiffmen, also have interests in a several other restaurants and bars, as well.

Is There a New Gym Going in at the Sunset Plaza Above Plant Power?

This could be breaking news.

Upon checking out the status of any vacancies in the controversial 2-story building at the corner of Voltaire and Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, Sunset Plaza, I discovered that the entire top floor above Plant Power had the looks of a gym-in-the-making.

The Upper Voltaire Construction Project

The recent rains didn’t help the construction project that has been toiling on for months along Voltaire Street, near Wabaska.

Once completed, it will be a 28-unit project called the Upper Voltaire Mixed Use – situated on a one-acre triangular-shaped lot along Voltaire Street (where Dominos once stood) just west of Wabaska, overlooking Nimitz Boulevard below.

There does not appear to be much progress on this site, since we last reported on it in September.

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