Californs Catch, a popular seafood restaurant in San Diego, will close its doors by April 20 after the company said it would close due to a $1.5 million fire that was caused by a faulty boiler.
The restaurant, which is owned by Californian fish and seafood purveyor Paddy and Michelle Wurzelbacher, will be demolished and will be replaced with a new restaurant, the restaurant’s owner said in a statement.
The owners of the California Fish Grill have been unable to find a replacement, and are looking for a tenant to take over the lease.
“We are extremely grateful to all of our loyal customers, who have supported us over the years, and to our staff and employees for their tremendous efforts,” the statement said.
“The closure of our restaurant will allow us to focus on the rebuilding of the entire family business, which will allow Califors fish and shellfish restaurant to reopen for a new generation of diners.”
Fish and shell restaurant owners in California say the loss of the business will hurt, but also create jobs and help to revitalize the area.
“It’s not just our restaurant, it’s the people who work there,” said Cal Fish Grill owner Kevin Sato.
“California Catch has had a lot of ups and downs, but in the last few years, we’ve had a huge resurgence in business and that’s what we’re looking forward to.”