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Last supper for Anthony's and what's now on the menu

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The clock is ticking down on a popular waterfront restaurant.

For more than half-a-century, Anthony's Fish Grotto has been a familiar downtown presence, but all that could soon change.

Anthony's Fish Grotto's lease will expire in the next 18-months, and the San Diego Unified Port District is shopping around looking at potential replacements.

It has narrowed the list to two finalists, and Anthony's is not one of the finalists.

It could be the end of an era at the Waterfront.

Anthony's Fish Grotto's 52-year lease ends in 2017, and the San Diego Unified Port District said it's time to give the prime piece of real estate a fresh look.

The two finalists are both local.

"This is a location developed on a platform over water. It's one of only a few in Southern California. Both of them looked at this as branding a destination," said Penny Maus of the San Diego Unified Port District.

The Brigantine operates several steak and seafood and Mexican restaurants. Including Miguel's Cocina in Old Town.

Its competition is Sunroad Enterprises. It proposed a $15 million destination called The Embarcadero. It would be a two story plan that would include restaurants such as Pierburger and Fish Camp, a Stone Brewery tasting room, and a relocated craft and commerce.

Penny Maus said their annual projected revenue is more than twice of what Anthony's is now.

However, Anthony's regulars said the port district should still consider keeping the San Diego staple.

While nothing is set in stone, staff will make its recommendation to the board next week.

They could accept it and then move forward with negotiations, or they could reject it, and Anthony's could potentially have another shot.

If Port of San Diego Board accepts a new development project, the plan is to have construction begin in 2017.

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