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Upscale Restaurant Headed For Marina?

Update: Option to sublease location on Tarrantino Drive is on the Martinez City Council agenda Wednesday.

Updated 9:10 a.m. Wednesday, added information about restaurant developers.

Soon, an upscale seafood restaurant may surf the turf at the Martinez Marina.

On the agenda of the Martinez City Council Wednesday is an application for Delmonico's Inc. to build an 8,500-square-foot restaurant on Tarrantino Drive. The application to the city is from local restaurateurs Tony LoForte and Dino Gerosolimo, who are applying under the name Delmonico's Inc.

It's proposed for the same location as the Albatross and Captain Blythers Restaurant, which was demolished more than a decade ago, according to a staff report by Dina Tasini, the city's contract project manager (attached to this article as a PDF).

On the city's agenda is:

  • a possible option to sublease to Delmonico's Inc. and
  • a resolution to transfer $40,000 from the general fund to the Marina Enterprise Fund to complete California Environmental Quality Act documents for the project.

The council meets in a closed session at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a public session at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Senior Center, 818 Green St.

Chris J Kapsalis February 20, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Yes yes and yes. I just hope there is still area to sit and walk along the shoreline. All these things happening is amazing. Over/under pass, Possible Ferry, Restaurants, looks like the Marina is on the front burner now and this is the best news for Martinez I have heard in a long time. imo.
Paul L Wilson February 20, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Who ownes the property? Will the state sign off on this project and the development of public owned property? What are the terms of state and city current lease agreement? What is the paydown on this agreement and how would that affect profit?
Sue St Germain February 20, 2013 at 06:38 PM
These are very exciting possibilties for our city. We need a great restaurant at the marina.
Phoebe McKinney February 20, 2013 at 08:14 PM
This is the best idea since sliced bread. The way to revitalize downtown Martinez is to revitalize the marina. Look at the Berkeley Marina, for example, or Richmond. This is a TERRIFIC TERRIFIC idea and I hope the City Council makes the right decision!
MIKE ALFORD February 20, 2013 at 09:01 PM
Its another DOG & PONY Show So The CITY COUNSEL can take your minds OFF Whats really going on at our Marina ---- Two things ==== One WE DONT OWN THE PROPERTY ! ------ AND ASK YOURSELF ---- WHY DID WE TEAR DOWN THE RESTAURANT THAT WAS ALREADY DOWN THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE ?? ---- NO BY PUTTING ON THIS DOG & PONY SHOW YOU WILL ALL SAY OH THIS IS SO EXCITING !!!! (REALLY FOLKS) ITS A SCAM ! LOOK AT THE FACT THAT WE DONT OWN THE PROPERTY !!! AND THE WAY WE PAY OUR BILLS TO THE STATE _------ DO YOU REALLY THINK THEY ARE GOING TO WELCOME US WITH OPEN ARMS ! WAKE UP ! ----- PLEASE TELL ANY OF US MARTINEZ CITIZENS ------ IN THE LAST 15 YEARS HAVE THEY EVER COMPLEATED ANYTHING THAT THEY GOT MONEY FROM THE STATE TO DO --- ANYTHING ---- At Our MARINA ??? THe Answer Is NO !
Jim Caroompas (Editor) February 20, 2013 at 09:19 PM
MIKE, FOR GOD'S SAKE STOP SHOUTING!!!! WE HEAR YOU, ALREADY!!!
MIKE ALFORD February 21, 2013 at 01:18 AM
sorry Jim ! ------- I Just Get Carried away when I know the truth and they keep lieing (the city counsel) about whats really going on at the marina ---- you can take it to the bank that their going to try and put on a show tonight but at least we will have coverage from the Gazette ---- Really things are starting to come to light with the new editor & a real reporter
Cheryll February 21, 2013 at 05:05 AM
oooo, thank you so much, Mike. I really was having trouble with all the yelling too.. but I am so excited to see that there may be an upscale seafood restaurant down there. We have many eateries but the types of cuisine have become few and after loosing two of my favorite sushi bars in town in the past few months, I look forward to a wonderful place to enjoy our marina again!! Maybe sometimes we need to be distracted. Too many losses in this town, including fire stations. We need to build and recover!
Captain Bebops February 21, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Mike, you are such a Capitalist!
MIKE ALFORD February 21, 2013 at 08:25 PM
Jim When Or Should I Say (with respect) Why doesnt Patch Make the people that comment give their Real Names ---- This is suppose to be a place where we all give our point ov view or make points about what is real and what is going on in Martinez --- when you hear --- captain bebops --- and names--- like Lindas Owner --- This isnt a comic strip ! and this isnt Tooney Town ! Its Suppose to be a place that we are all part of Martinez --- You know If People Paid more attintion to what is really going on in Martinez --- What has happend in Martinez --And what is the truth --- than my spelling or my grammer --- you might just learn something positive ---- now when you wrote this thread about the so called restaurant (Delmonicos Inc.) Were you Or ANYONE aware That DIno Gerosolimo Was a partener In The Last restaurant at the Marina ? He also had a restaurant where the copper skillet is on Ferry St --- He Was In Concord on Clayton Rd - The Old Michaels In Walnut Creek --- And In the late 70s -- Michaels On Bonificho St -- In Concord ---- Check It Out !Oh Yea They All Went Belly Up Now You People Just Keep Listening To Our City Counsel The Mayor & Mike & and Mark Because they have known This and about all the restaurants and what has happend from the Albtross all the way back through Concord & Walnut Creek In fact it was during Mikes term when they decided to tare down the Only Restaurant that We had At the Marina ! Now they Waste more tax dollars On another Bunch Of Pure B.S.!
Chris J Kapsalis February 22, 2013 at 02:25 AM
As I know yo know Mike the internet is full of trolls, posers pretending to be someone else, spammers, all kinds of things. ( I am not speaking for Patch ) Sometimes fake names are used to protect someone who may be affraid to say it with their real name, like an anomynous source. Or a personal question they may be too embarrassed to ask with their real name. But others like to flame, cause trouble, even pretend to be someone else, mimic them,write like them, have others all upset and wondering. Accusing others. There is really nothing Patch can do cept spot them out and cancel their accounts if they break the tos rules I guess, but they are all over the internet from AOL news to you name it, have been for years. The best thing I think it too totally ignore them. I try to. If it is a name and person I know I will pay attention more, someone I respect or like to read I will more. But they can make a new name everyday and Patch would have to hire full time board monitors to weed them out best they can, impossible. The only way ( which was shot down as impractical I think ) is to require them to use a SS number or id of somekind to register for an account. If you ignore them, 9 times out f ten they go away I have found. I may not agree with someone, or even like them, but I respect them if they use their real name. Just my opinions. ( There are other ways Patch ( I think ) and athorities have to track down threats though, and others, by IP and other ways )
Anne Mobley February 22, 2013 at 07:54 AM
Wasn't Dino involved in the restaurant in Walnut Creek on Main near Black Angus years ago? It is a shame the beautiful restaurant, Humphrey's in Antioch closed. It was a wonderful restaurant but folks employed there said people just wanted to go to Olive Garden or that ilk rather than dine at the marina there. Makes you wonder why, since the food was outstanding. I miss the old Albatross. It was great. Tony knows how to do a first class restaurant for sure, but not sure it will be a money maker for him and Dino. Time will tell, if it even ever gets off the drawing board. On anther note: @Mike: I love your nostalgic column in the Gazoo. You certainly have a way that tugs at the heart strings. Keep it up. We love it. As to those with fake names that are hiding behind their aliases, it is too bad they have no guts to put a face to their names. And some that comment on e v e r y single thing written gets a little old and tiring and makes folks not want to read Patch as often, at least that is what I hear people say. Don't shoot the messenger.
Chris J Kapsalis February 22, 2013 at 12:27 PM
If the shoe fits.. I know I post a lot. I can handle the truth. What I can't handle is all the lies and hate. And fair is fair, and that is a reason a lot of people tell me they don't like it downtown. It is also very tiring and makes people stay away from Main St. Also, don't shoot the messenger.
Captain Bebops February 22, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Mike, let me help you here: a person you posts in all caps is a ..... IOW, it was a joke. Jim already ribbed you about all caps and I couldn't resist. No offense was intended. And there is nothing wrong with "handles". They were borrowed from the CB radio days when people started emailing in the 1980s. Some of us prefer using handles, that's all. We're not all trolls. And yes it probably would be good to have a restaurant at the Marina. The rich do need some place to go.
MIKE ALFORD February 22, 2013 at 06:42 PM
Ann ---- The Things that i write Are all part of what you & I and people in Martinez Grew up with WE know what the meaning of Love,Bueaty & KindnessMent --- It was what made You & I and real People made us get upin the morning We all had HOPE ! And Life was exciting every day every song had & said something ! Thats why when we hear Those special songs now it makes us feel good and really if it brings on a tear or two its well worth it because deep down in our soul it was real and IT STILL IS ! Its What we are about We are all part of this chapter Of this Life & Awareness, the people weve loved,the people we have known and the people that have passed on ! its all a very important part of this book of this time and demention that we wake up to every day ----- each one of us are connected to the other ---- WE just have to protect what is right --- see through what is wrong ---- AND NEVER STOP BELIEVING IN GOOD,TOMORROW AND MOST OF ALL EACH OTHER ! And the most important thing ----- LOVE !
MIKE ALFORD February 22, 2013 at 06:48 PM
But on another note ----- I think the name om the resturant in walnut creek -- that was Michaels ---- also he was involived with Mark Anthenys in concord ---- the copper skillet on clayton Rd ---- Dinos on Ferry St in Martinez ----- And the Albtross down at uor marina in the late 80s & earley 90s -----
MIKE ALFORD February 22, 2013 at 06:53 PM
And --- Thanks for clearing that up for me Cap. Bebops --- Ive got to learn to Laugh and look at myself also (And I sure Remember CB) I was Stinger & The Itiallin Stiallon --- Yes We had a hellava good time !
Jim Caroompas (Editor) February 23, 2013 at 01:18 PM
I have deleted a few comments that were personal and irrelevant to this thread. Please try to stick to the subject. Thanks.
maria Billingsley February 24, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Has the flooding problem been completely resolved? The city was in a huge law suit with the last establishment Captain Blither's over this issue from my understanding.
Lawrence Risner February 24, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Confused and back a step - why is the city willing to pay $40k for a study to allow a restaurant at the marina? Why not the investors if it's such a good idea and money maker? Hope the city isn't thinking about $1 parking meters there too - oops, hope they don't read this!!!!
MIKE ALFORD February 24, 2013 at 07:50 PM
HOW Dare You Ask Our Leaderdhip or even question What or why they Spend Your money,just look What they have done for all of us And just how Well they have FIXED our Marina !!!! ------ oooooops --- Sorry ---- never mind
MIKE ALFORD February 24, 2013 at 11:40 PM
on another note ----- there was a problem with the parking lot Flooding --- The Restaurant NEVER flooded ---- Not Once But the parking lot would Flood at high or plus tides ---- after the renivation of the restaurant and also they raised the sea wall that problem was taken care of ----- If anything all they had to do was build a deck or a small bridge to the entrence to began with ? why it was torn down in the first place it made no sence ? ---- I just dont understand why the people of Martinez Cant See Through All this B.S.?? and make them answer the taxpayers of Martinez & The Question That Lawrence Risner Just ASKED ?
MIKE ALFORD February 26, 2013 at 02:38 AM
Have Any of you (and I Do Mean ANY of You) Seen Anybody answer Lawernce Risner Very Valid Question ----- Why Is The City of Martinez Willing to pay 40,000 dollars (Of Your Tax Dollars) For a study On Property That We Havent Even Made A Deal With The State For ? ---- Maybe We Should Ask Linda after All It Was Just a Week ago that She Was Bragging About What She Had Brought To The Table ! And that She Helped Put This Together ? What Together ? I Would THINK that if you had two investers that sain in an interview a little over a week ago that this could be up and running by Dec.2013 ! --- Now Please Enlighten us by listening to another B.S.Scam that the city counsel and the two Investers are really Doing to us ! I Think I will Write A True Story and I Will Call it (The Rape Of The Martinez Taxpayers & Citizens) it would very factual if you took excately what our Mayor & city Counsel Ha done To The People of Martinez In The Last 15 years with the Martinez Marina ! We Would Get A lot of Revenue For The City Just From Book Sales !!!!!!
Mr. Hughes February 26, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Mike, you seem very angry and somewhat of a conspiracy theorist. Maybe, the 40K is required for a consumer based establishment to go in there and why would the city or us pay for it, cause we are the one that want the revenue from the restaurant going in there. Maybe it would be written into the escrow during the time of sale. Who knows but for gods sake, relax and pick up a hobby other than this. This should be viewed as a good thing and not "B.S." as you so eliquently put it. The city is growing with variety and new eateries. They are trying and things are happening. Try to see that and maybe be positive. It will add years to your life.
Paul L Wilson February 26, 2013 at 10:55 PM
It might help if we would ask the states permission first if we can build on their property before spending 40K?
MIKE ALFORD February 27, 2013 at 08:15 AM
You know Mr. Hughes - Are you Brain Dead or Have You just drank all the cool-ad like Mr wilson has just pointed out See first of all WE dont own the property ! (I will go real slow) We M-A-R-T-I-N-E-Z and the City Counsel - The Mayor - The Citizens of Martinez (Even You) Do Not Own The Property That they are paying 40K to study ! It Is nice that you expressed Concern for my health,Safety & Wellfare ! But Im Not nor have I ever Expressed any Conspiracy Theory about the incompetent group of dead beats that people Like You help put back in office to run the city & the Martinez Marina Right into the Mud ! That take our tax dollars Spend money on Consultents And Never Finnish Anything ! (I Will Go Slow For You Agane Hughes) Why Have They Not Fixed The Marina ? They Got Money From The State ! Where or What Did They Spend It On ? Thats Not A Conspiracy Theory ! THAT IS A FACT ! So Maybe Its You That Needs To get a Hobby or Mabey you just Need to see a good Therapest ! Because you sure as hell cant deal with Reality ! Now Instead of makeing comments like you just did I will Tell You Just Like I Told another person (much like you) instead of taking up patch with kind of This kind of talk Like I Told Him Im Always Open For New Ideas Call Me Im quite sure we Converse about our two different oppinions Who Knows What WE could Learn ! And You need to know What ELIQUENT really Means I Would Be more than happy to Explain it To You -No Charge ! 925 - 812 - 2221 - Think of Me As a Doctor
MIKE ALFORD February 27, 2013 at 08:15 AM
You know Mr. Hughes - Are you Brain Dead or Have You just drank all the cool-ad like Mr wilson has just pointed out See first of all WE dont own the property ! (I will go real slow) We M-A-R-T-I-N-E-Z and the City Counsel - The Mayor - The Citizens of Martinez (Even You) Do Not Own The Property That they are paying 40K to study ! It Is nice that you expressed Concern for my health,Safety & Wellfare ! But Im Not nor have I ever Expressed any Conspiracy Theory about the incompetent group of dead beats that people Like You help put back in office to run the city & the Martinez Marina Right into the Mud ! That take our tax dollars Spend money on Consultents And Never Finnish Anything ! (I Will Go Slow For You Agane Hughes) Why Have They Not Fixed The Marina ? They Got Money From The State ! Where or What Did They Spend It On ? Thats Not A Conspiracy Theory ! THAT IS A FACT ! So Maybe Its You That Needs To get a Hobby or Mabey you just Need to see a good Therapest ! Because you sure as hell cant deal with Reality ! Now Instead of makeing comments like you just did I will Tell You Just Like I Told another person (much like you) instead of taking up patch with kind of This kind of talk Like I Told Him Im Always Open For New Ideas Call Me Im quite sure we Converse about our two different oppinions Who Knows What WE could Learn ! And You need to know What ELIQUENT really Means I Would Be more than happy to Explain it To You -No Charge ! 925 - 812 - 2221 - Think of Me As a Doctor
Linda Meza February 27, 2013 at 12:50 PM
Mr. Wilson's argument is superfluous since there once was a restaurant on that property. Mr. Alford merely likes the sound of his own voice or keyboard and all the other naysayers have been proven wrong time and again. However, despite the fact that these pessimistic voices were proven wrong on the quonset hut buildings now USA Sports and NorCal Courts, Sharkey Building and DAs offices now privately held and undergoing renovation, and Main Street successfully reverting back to two-way traffic with the installation of nine dining platforms, yes despite it all they may actually win this one and Mr. Loforte may rethink his decision. The one thing that the State Lands Commission wanted to see from Martinez, revenue making enterprises, may actually fail to come to fruition. Bravo, this one deserves a rousing round of applause! Time to throw your shoulders back, hold your head up high and proudly state - I stopped yet another business from locating in Martinez. Sounds like a helluva campaign button.
Paul L Wilson February 27, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Linda where do you get so much false information from and have you any knowledge of the past or current land lease agreement between the city and state? Go get a copy of the agreement and stop making personal attacks on people that views are not the same as yours. Grow up!
Alex Gronke (Editor) February 27, 2013 at 08:37 PM
I'm shutting down comments on this post. This is a reminder and a warning that anyone who engages in personal attacks will be suspended and/or banned from commenting on Patch.

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