the new Water Grill opening on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, we finally have a few more details. First, the 27-year-old Ocean Avenue Seafood, which closed in March, was completely gutted for the redesign. In its place will be a larger space with a new look inspired by ships and antique vintage fish markets, according to the LA Times. That means lots of reclaimed wooden beams, walls and floors (the wood from Ocean Avenue will also be sold for reuse); dark steel borders; lights on an antique pulley system; white subway tiles; and a copper-top oyster bar. Good news for tourists: The entire front of the restaurant will now be an outdoor dining area with a view of the park and ocean across the street.
Owner Sam King said the company dumped more than $3.5 million to update the space, double the amount they spent on updating the Water Grill in Downtown LA, and that it will be even more casual than the now-casual original. He also said he's not too concerned about the proliferation of oyster bars, i.e. Michael Cimarusti's Connie & Ted's and David LeFevre's Fishing With Dynamite, but he is concerned about the rising cost of seafood. Read: expect to pay the big bucks for some bivalves when the new WG opens in July.