Ulcickas and Staunton, who established Bluewater Grill Seafood Restaurant on the docks in Newport Beach’s Cannery Village in 1996 at the historic site of Sea Shanty and Delaney’s, signed a lease with Santa Catalina Island Company (SCICO) for a 6,900-square-
Bluewater Avalon (www.bluewateravalon.com)
“We’re delighted to bring our commitment to local, sustainably caught seafood to Catalina Island,” said Ulcickas. “We’ve been fishing the waters off Avalon for years and as avid boaters, we see the move to the Island is a natural. We look forward to becoming an even closer part of the local community.”
Bluewater Avalon’s menu will offer up to 25 varieties of fresh seafood and shellfish. Other restaurant highlights include a kid’s and small-plates menu, outdoor patio, full bar, retail fish market and weekday happy hours. An annual calendar of seasonal seafood specials and monthly tasting and wine-pairing events will cultivate a local following.
To date, more than 90 percent of Bluewater’s seafood offerings are sustainably caught or farmed – among the highest of any seafood restaurant in California. Every seafood item purchased is audited to verify its “sustainability/
Rick Staunton operates the fishing vessel, Pilikia, which provides Bluewater customers with the freshest, most sustainably caught seafood possible. Fishing off the coast of Avalon, Captain Sean Burke targets only mature fish without the use of nets or long lines, harpooning the freshest most humanely harvested local swordfish.
About Bluewater Grill
Since the first restaurant opened in Newport Beach, Calif., in 1996, the Bluewater Grill family has honored the rich history and traditions of its fishing forefathers, and worked with fisherman around the world to source the highest-quality seafood in peak season. Owner-operated from the beginning, the restaurant has made its mission to provide guests with the freshest sustainably caught or farm-harvested seafood, innovatively prepared, in an atmosphere of casual style. For more information, go to www.bluewatergrill.com, or follow Bluewater Grill on Facebook. We are also on Foursquare.
About Santa Catalina Island Company
Located off the coast of Southern California, Catalina Island is a popular outdoor recreation destination also known for its vibrant history as a glamorous retreat for Hollywood celebrities. SCIC offers a wide range of services and amenities such as the newly renovated Descanso Beach Club, Pavilion Hotel, Atwater Hotel and Avalon Grille. SCIC’s expedition operator, Catalina Expeditions has added new adventures to its menu of 25 expeditions and tours with the Zip Line Eco Tour, Eco Hummer Tour, Land and Sea Adventure, Sea Trek and many more, which are designed to introduce visitors to the island’s rich history, wildlife and backcountry. Other activities include hiking, bicycling, buffalo safaris, fishing, boating, kayaking, snorkeling, golfing or relaxing on the beach. SCIC has operated much of the island’s lodging, dining and tour options for over 118 years. www.VisitCatalinaIsland.com (http://new.pitchengine.com/