Over the last ten years, Clayton Petersoncompletely renovated the industrial building located at 1640 Pomona Avenue in Costa Mesa and operated it as a studio to record local bands, a personal art gallery, and a private event space. Originally, the property was used by Ditmar-Donaldson after World War II and into the 1960’s to handcraft many of Newport Harbor’s wooden-hulled ships, some of which may still be seen there today.
Now, after spending more than two years working hand in hand with the city, Peterson has installed a commercial kitchen, obtained a full liquor license, and created Costa Mesa’s first enclosed garden patio lined with reclaimed shipping containers adding to the integrity of the building’s west-side industrial vibe.
The unique site will officially relaunch as a restaurant on October 8 serving lunch and happy hour. Still namedThe Boathouse Collective, the restaurant will serve lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch beginning October 14. The venue also will feature live entertainment and function as a multi-media venue and private event space.